A roof survey report is very useful for assessing the condition of a property and what maintenance may be required. If you’re buying a property with a mortgage or loan, the lender may insist that you provide a roof survey report as part of the approval process.

Drones and Roof Inspections

Even if they don’t, it can be very worthwhile having some kind of roof inspection carried out. If repairs are required, a roof is one of the most expensive parts of a property to work on.

A mortgage valuation survey will not include a roof inspection, and is purely to advise the lender of significant defects which might affect the value of a property. They can take as little as half an hour to complete and are usually only a couple of pages in length. Paying additional fees for a full property survey and roof survey report can be a very good investment, particularly if you are buying an older property.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) provides different levels of surveys. They range from a RICS Condition Report to a full RICS Building Survey. These can be expensive, but the costs can be justified in most cases. If you are buying a property and surveyor picks up signs of problems, such as damage to the roof, you can use this knowledge to negotiate a fairer price. You could even make your purchase subject to repairs being carried out. If you already own the property a comprehensive survey can help you plan and budget for repairs.

A drone roof survey report is now an alternative to a traditional survey. You may still need a surveyor or person with expertise in the building industry to review the output, but drones are the ideal tools for carrying out roof inspections.

A drone pilot with the necessary equipment can produce very detailed images of features such as the tiles, lead flashing and guttering on a roof. A drone can be launched from your garden or drive, hover at a safe distance and record high resolution photographs and video footage for assessment.