Drones and the Roofing Industry
Drones (also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs for short) have become increasingly common in recent years, so much so that they are popping up in the toy aisles of your favorite stores. While drones for children are designed primarily with fun in mind, the primary purpose of drones is to gather data. Drones are essentially small flying machines, controlled by a remote, and equipped with high definition cameras capable of producing highly detailed aerial photos/videos.
Drones – aside from being just a lot of fun – also have a number of practical benefits for various industries, including the roofing industry. Drones can capture data about roof dimensions, conditions, the material on the roof, and other useful information about the structure/property (e.g., where is the best place to drop material and park dumpsters?). Though drones obviously do not take over the manual work of actually removing and replacing a roof, these flying machines do have the potential to substantially assist with the up-front work which can be tedious, time-consuming, and sometimes dangerous. Outlined below are a number of benefits to using drones in the roofing industry:
Drones transform the hard/impossible into the easy/possible. Drones allow contractors to access areas of the roof that would have previously been inaccessible and/or unsafe because of incredible height or steepness, or unsafe structural reasons. Due to drones’ ability to provide high-resolution images and video of the roof, these hard to reach areas can now be inspected with precision.
Drones create a safer work environment. Any time that a contractor is up on the roof – especially one that is particularly steep and high – he/she is at risk for falling and injuring themselves. Drones are flown from the ground, keeping the contractor off roofs that are unsafe during the initial quoting process.
Drones have the potential to save a ton of time and money. Because drones can take high-resolution photos of the entire roof in a fraction of the time it would take for the contractor to go to the site, measure the roof, and then potentially make additional trips to the site to re-assess, the drone can be flown once, photos can be taken, and hours in on-site work can be reduced.
Drones help homeowners see their roof instead of just relying on descriptions and photos. With the high-resolution photos that drones provide, homeowners can now see the entire roof and the contractor can explain what needs to be done. This transparency provides homeowners with a better understanding of their roofing project, making them feel more confident in their contractor.