How Drones are Slowly Changing the Roofing Industry
Drones, remote-controlled little flying machines, have become an invaluable tool for residential and commercial roofing contractors.
The launching of each new product is increasing their importance. Drone hardware and its subsequent software companions are saving roofing companies thousands of hours in preliminary work and helping them to deliver bids with incredible accuracy.
Irrespective of the type of roofing project that we do at Georgia Roof Pro, a top roofing company in Lawrenceville, GA, drones are helping them every step of the way.
How Drones Work
Drones gather data by taking high definition aerial photos or videos of a property, which they store in their memory or wirelessly to another device, which enables roofing contractors to access crucial data including roof conditions, roof dimensions, the material on top, like asphalt shingles, metal roofing, etc. They can share this information with their clients.
This software technology is ideal for preliminary work such as design, roof replacement, or repair, which is the most time-consuming and tedious for the contractor and the client.
Saving Time and Mine
Traditionally, a contractor had to physically measure a roof and assess its conditions, spending hours and even days on the site. This would cost the contractor money, time and labor. The contractor would make multiple trips to assess and recheck all the necessary information to formulate a bid or estimate for the project.
Satellite-guided drones would solve the challenge in a fraction of the time by flying over the property and capturing photos, which the contractor can analyze straight from the office.
There is always a risk of an accident because one cannot avoid much of the work done on a roof. There are, however, situations where a drone is a much safer option, for instance, working on a 30-year old roof. Time and the elements would render risky even a roof built with long-lasting material since any one part, the decking, underlayment, etc., would have weakened due to wear and tear over time.
A drone is also a better option in assessing a roof after a tornado or severe storm since one cannot vouch for its structural integrity. They may not carry out a thorough inspection, but they can give a good idea of the roof’s condition. They can also help contractors know the overall impact of the storm on the neighborhood so that they can know the measures to put in place in the form of transportation and equipment needed for their roofing projects.
Comprehensive Reporting and Diagrams
Drone technology firms, for instance, Eagleview and Xactimate, enable contractors first estimates and bids to present to their clients eliminating the need to alter their project’s figures in the course of implementing them.
Contractors can now draw diagrams, blueprints, and sketches in a lot of detail and the customer has a much better idea of what a roofing installation will look like when it is finished. They can add all components of a roofing system when determining the length of a roof and the installation and repair cost. Such areas include eaves, hips, valleys, ridges, pitch, rakes and more. Drones can also collect data on walls, gutters, whole properties, and do the same of work that surveyors can do when determining property claims and borders.
It is, however, important that you are fully conversant with the laws and license requirements drones use before enlisting their services. We at Georgia Roof Pro, a roofing contractor in Lawrenceville, Georgia, can help you with any questions relating to the topic.