Drone Roof Inspection

Drone Roof Inspection

Photo and Video Documentation of Your Roof

Drone roof inspection - your first step to protecting and prolonging the life of your capital investment.

As a building owner or property manager, you know that roofing costs are a major concern. Here in South Florida, severe weather events as well as high ultraviolet light exposure are a way of life.  Both conditions adversely affect your roof.  Being proactive will better prepare you to respond to these and other costly conditions that affect your capital investment’s roof. Being prepared to deal with your insurance company in case of damage from one of these hurricanes must be a way of life, too.

Drone roof inspections utilizing high-resolution aerial video and photographic documentation provide accurate and complete assessments of your roof’s condition.  This will prepare you in case you must seek a settlement with your property insurer.

With modern drone technology, our drone roof inspection will visually inspect, measure, and document the condition of your entire roof contour without ever leaving the ground. 

Large commercial properties

Multi Family Communities

Private home

Why do a drone roof inspection?

  • To fully understand the condition of your roof including thermal imaging to detect wet spots that may indicate weak places that inevitably lead to expensive problems later
  • To enhance and document regular roof maintenance and to provide bankable information about any need for future repairs or replacement
  • To document any damage that may occur in the event of a natural disaster
  • To collect exact measurements allowing an accurate estimate of roof repair costs
  • To accurately assess the value of your current or proposed capital investment 
  • To prepare for solar panel installation

Drone roof inspection benefits

1. Safety

The key advantage to utilizing a drone roof inspection is that it ensures the safety of your employees or contractor employees.  There is no longer a need to put human lives at risk. Falls are the leading cause of death on job sites. According to the CDC an estimated $24 billion is lost each year in the United States because of ladder injuries. There are over 164,000 ladder related emergency room visits every year.   Since January 2019, OSHA reports that 29 workers have died from falling through skylights, at least 47 died from falling off a roof and another two died from contacting live electric lines while working on a roof.

Property owners can be considered liable if an employee or a contractor employee suffers a fall injury at their facility.  That liability can include the employee’s medical costs and, if it is found that standards were violated, either the State or Federal OSHA can cite and fine the property owner as well as the contractor.  Drone roof inspections reduce the need for ladder use and boots-on-the-roof data collection.  In the case of roof openings, utilizing drones eliminates the potential of someone falling through the roof.  No one can fall off a roof if no one is on the roof.

None of these is an issue when doing a drone roof inspection.

2. Efficiency, Accuracy & Consistency

Drone roof inspections gather far more extensive, consistently accurate and useful sets of data than is possible by manual human measurement.  Using the latest cloud-based technology, it is possible to do the flight, scan the structure, obtain all the measurements, perform the data analyses and prepare the report as quickly as one day.

That means that drone roof inspections can be completed an average of three times quicker than by using the antiquated, dangerous traditional methods. It is now possible to take consistent and accurate measurements of the square footage of all roof features including cooling units or water towers, the pitch of all roof features, the condition of all surface areas as well as maintaining a running record of the roof condition.

3. Cost saving

Because collecting information via a drone roof inspection is three times (3X) faster than traditional methods, it is more cost-effective than collecting information by human inspectors. A drone roof inspection with just one drone can do a better, quicker, and safer job than a full crew with a van full of ladders, harnesses, ropes and measuring tapes.  It also eliminates the need to rent or purchase fall protection systems to prevent falls through skylights or other roof penetrations or to provide edge protection.

Utilizing the latest data analysis technology ensures that we go to your site once.  We do not have to return to the site to gather any forgotten piece of data.  Using our technology, one flight will suffice.

This guarantees reduced costs and a timely turnaround of your specific report.

4. Inspecting inaccessible areas of the roof

Not every roof is flat and easily accessible. Some roofs cannot be physically accessed by people without boom lifts and other costly specialized equipment. Drones are far better equipped to get up close and personal with these inaccessible areas. If you had your roof inspected the old-fashioned way, then these areas might have been neglected.

Because the drone can easily access the entire roof structure, your final report can include the roof geometry and features, roof pitch and slope, surface area square footage and edge classification.

Why trust our drone roof inspection pilots?

All pilots of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, must comply with Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 rules.  All our drone pilots are FAA certified.

What this means to you is that you have the peace of mind that our team is only comprised of professionals who have your concerns in mind.  We will not violate your trust.

Our flight processes are in full compliance with FAA rules.

Our pilots ensure that they maintain a visual line-of-sight (VLOS) with the unmanned aircraft or the remote pilot in command maintains VLOS (the visual observer) with the aircraft and the person manipulating the flight controls. They do this with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.

Our pilots make sure that they do not fly over any persons not directly involved in the drone roof inspection.  They only operate during daylight and they always yield the right of way to other aircraft.  Our pilots always pilot only one aircraft at a time and only from a stationary flight control position.

As with any other aircraft, our pilots perform a thorough pre-flight inspection of the aircraft and all other equipment.  As part of their inspection, they confirm that external loads being carried by the unmanned aircraft are securely attached and will not adversely affect the flight characteristics or controllability of the aircraft.  They positively identify all overhead hazards, e.g., power lines, and plan their flight paths to avoid them.  

Our pilots will not operate an aircraft if he or she knows or has reason to know of any physical or mental condition that would interfere with the safe operation of that aircraft.

Our pilots will not fly more than 400 feet above ground level or, if they must fly higher than 400 feet above ground level, they will remain within 400 feet above the structures being inspected.  They only fly when they have weather visibility of at least three miles from the control station. If they must operate in Class B, C, D or E airspace, they always acquire Air Traffic Control clearance prior to any flight and closely monitor the air traffic controller instructions.  Virtually all flights occur in Class G airspace on days with no clouds in full compliance with FAA rules.

What all this means to you is that we assure your complete peace of mind when you have us do your drone roof inspections.

By utilizing our drone roof inspections, you will know that they will be done safely, correctly, and thoroughly.  This will ensure your peace of mind.