Drone Roof Inspection
What Is A Drone Roof Inspection?
Traditionally, getting your roof, guttering, chimney or flashing inspected means either highly costly scaffolding, ladders or a cherry picker on site, and usually at least 2 people for at least an entire day. Either option can be prohibitively expensive, especially when we’re only talking about someone inspecting the roof or chimney – no actual work being done. This is not to mention the safety aspect – a risk assessment will need to be carried out first.
However, the advancement of drone technology and modern cameras means what was previously an all-day job can now be completed in half the time using a drone, for a simple inspection of an average terraced house.
What Are Drone Roof Inspections For?
How Much Does Drone Roof Inspection Cost?
Roof inspection by drone is a far simpler solution than traditional roof inspection methods only using one person to complete the job. This means the service can be offered at a much lower cost than other methods. We offer drone roof inspections from Residential properties to commercial properties starting rate from £200.This includes a drone flight to capture your entire roof in which you can watch our live video feed, plus copies of all video and still photos
*Cost is for a simple roof inspection of a standard house, up to 6 bedrooms. For very large homes and commercial buildings with multiple inspection points, costs may be slightly higher. Call today for a quote.
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How Does Drone Roof Inspection Work?
Drone roof inspection is simple and can be done any time within daylight hours. We arrive on site, assess the weather conditions (see below for what happens if the drone is unable to fly), and discuss the details of the inspection with you. We will then fly the drone up to the roof (or whatever part of the building we are looking at), and begin the inspection. You will be able to watch the live camera feed as we go, and can give direction or request a closer look at anything you spot on the screen. We can both manoeuvre the drone closer and utilise the camera’s optical zoom to get extremely fine details of any area or item on the roof. Altogether we should only be on site for around 45 minutes to an hour.
What Do I Get For My Money?
As mentioned above, you will get a live, interactive inspection via our live video feed, during which you are able to ask us to view and capture intricate details of any part of your building, be it the tiles, chimney, guttering or walls. All video is recorded, and you can request still photos at any moment in the drone flight.
We will then email over the videos and any photographs you request during the inspection that same day (or within 24 hours if the inspection is in the afternoon).
What If The Drone Can't Fly?
Unfortunately drones are not able to fly everywhere – some areas are prohibited, and occasionally obstacles such as trees or power lines mean it cannot be flown safely. It can also only be flown in wind of up to 15mph and in light rain.
However, if the drone is unable to fly, we have a more than capable alternative – the pole camera system! This involves putting up a very tall mast (40 ft) which carries the camera (a specialist lightweight DSLR), enabling to get every shot and video you need for your inspection. There is no extra cost in this situation.
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Benefits of Drone Roof Inspection Vs Traditional Methods
Due to the speed and ease of drone roof inspections, the cost is much lower than traditional methods – up to half the cost in some cases.
As no one is physically going up to the roof, there is no chance of injury. This also means the cost is lower, as there is no need for costly personal injury insurance.
We record video and stills at 4k UHD resolution, and the DSLR camera we use has a 30x optical zoom, enabling us to get extremely high levels of detail from several metres away. You keep this video and can use it however you wish.
Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous tradespeople out there, and its not unheard of for untrustworthy roofers to claim a roof requires thousands of pounds’ worth of work – when in reality it does not. However, an aerial roof survey means you can see for yourself, and can avoid being scammed.