Reasons to Use Drones in Surveys and Construction

There are many advantages to using a drone for aerial roof inspections. One of the most common reasons for an inspection is when a roof tile falls off of your house after a storm. In this case, a drone can capture detailed images to survey the extent of the damage and assess what work may be required. Hiring a scaffolder for a roof inspection can take weeks and is very expensive compared to the cost to hire a drone pilot.

Another common problem for homeowners is a leaking roof. A drone can pinpoint the cause of the problem - for example, a cracked tile - and capture high-definition evidence. A major advantage of using a drone for this case is that the drone can fly around freely compared to a person on a ladder. As well as the time saving using a drone to survey a roof is much safer.

Storms have hit the UK every winter in recent years. This means there is consistent demand for surveys and repairs to the roofs of UK homes. Drones are proven and powerful tools for this work.

Why drones are safe for aerial inspections

All Drone Safe Register approved pilots have the appropriate training to make all operations safe and are fully insured so if anything was to go wrong you are both protected. 

Drone operators are a low-cost option compared to booking a cherry picker or hiring a scaffolder and can range anywhere from £200 (depending on how much time it would take). A cherry picker could cost closer to £1000. 

Drones For Aerial Roof Inspection

The benefits of using drones for an aerial roof inspection 

Professional drones can carry a range of different cameras and data capture technology. One option is a thermal imaging camera, and this can help find leaks and anything that is wrong on your roof very efficiently. Data and evidence captured can be passed on to builders and roofers to allow them to quote for necessary repairs. This can also be useful if you need to submit an insurance claim for roof damage.

Most modern drones have an onboard high-quality 4k resolution camera so you will be able to get amazing quality pictures and video of your roof, chimney and guttering to review. This is valuable when trying to spot any damage because you can see highly detailed images of every crack and sign of wear and tear.

One of the biggest advantages of using drones is the health and safety factor. Without a drone, you would have to get either someone out on a ladder, a person on a ladder or scaffolders out and each comes with risks. A person on a cherry picker is going high up in the air and that has its relevant risks. Ladders are a potential slip hazard, particularly when wet. Scaffolding makes homes look unattractive and increases the risk of break-ins at a property.

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