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5 Reasons Why You Should Use Drones for Roof Inspections

Drones provide safer inspections

Using Drones certainly eliminates the majority of risks associated with typical roof inspection methods. Typical risks arise due to the nature and design of the buildings. Complex designs, extreme heights, rotten roofs, and structures as well as hard to access areas can pose multiple risks to the workers, occupants of a property and those people around it. Collecting the data without putting the lives of the workers at risk is one of the major benefits of using the drones to inspect a wide range of properties.

Roof Inspection – Rotorgraph – Close up gutter

Ability to collect in-depth data

Drones allow immediate and easy access to almost every part of the building, this allows us to collect more useful information using on-board high-quality cameras. Even though there is still a requirement for the human expertise, a drone-based building inspection is faster, more efficient, accurate and usually cheaper.

Modern building inspection technologies allow people to get more details about the structures. By accessing the difficult to reach and tight spaces, the drones can capture more information that an inspector would not have managed using the conventional means. In addition, the drone can be used repeatedly, taking the photo or video from the same location over and over. This is helpful if you want to compare the before and after images once a repair is complete.

The drones have inbuilt GPS systems that make it possible to take shots of a location from the exact location at every visit, even if it is after a month or longer period. This means that the drone camera can be able to capture images and videos from the same elevations and angles that are impossible with the manual inspection by a human.

The new technologies help you to get the job done faster

A lot of preparation goes into planning and executing a traditional building inspection. It, therefore, takes more time and workers to plan and complete one inspection. In addition, the different data collected using the various means must be combined and analysed to produce a report. With new technologies, such as drones, it requires only a short time to carry out an inspection once a client makes the request. Since it does not require mounting the climbing and access equipment, the drone- based inspection starts off immediately the team gets to the site. In addition, it performs the examination within a fraction of the time it would take using the conventional methods. The drones can then transmit the data to the inspection team on the ground or through the Cloud – allowing them to analyse the data and generate reports faster without putting anyone at risk.

Drone-based roof inspections are less costly

Drone services provided by Rotorgraph can help in reducing the inspection costs significantly. There is no need to acquire and transport costly scaffolding, lifts, ladders and other climbing equipment and gear. In addition, it does not require as many people, hence cutting down on the equipment and labour costs.
Reducing the time and labour means that it is even possible to perform several building inspections in a day. In fact, a building inspector can perform multiple inspections simultaneously as long as there are enough drones and their pilots. The inspector can at the same time monitor all the inspections from a remote office through the internet and Cloud systems.

Aerial Roof Inspection Close Up

Drones can reduce the insurance costs

Due to the risks associated with traditional roof inspections, the workers and sometimes the equipment and structure are insured against accidents and damages. And since many workers are required, the insurance costs can be high, thus reducing the revenue. The drones reduce the need to pay insure the workers and equipment since there are fewer if any risks.

Drone eliminates the need to follow the numerous regulations on health and safety. These requirements are often required when sending a human worker to perform the structural examinations or roof inspections on a block of flats or similar buildings.

The sites must be checked for any safety issues, which may arise due to height and other potential dangers. To perform such inspections, the regulation requires a check on the workers to confirm that they are in good health. This is also done for insurance purposes. However, the drones eliminate the need for the tests as well as insurance for the workers.

Shared by: Gary Brown – [email protected]

 

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