A competitive edge in the business sector is very valuable. In the roofing industry, contractors are discovering that drones fit the bill. Drones equipped with a camera can provide roofers with the innovative solutions they need to impress customers, save money, and safely speed up a roofing project. Let’s take a look at what these aerial devices have to offer roofers.
Roofing on the Ground
Inspecting a roof is the first step in the roofing process. To achieve this initial phase roofers are required to climb up onto a rooftop. This traditional method leaves roofing contractors at a major disadvantage. If the roof is weak the inspection can catch the roofer off-guard leading to physical injury or further damage to the roof.
Drones bypass the traditional method of inspection. Roofers can safely remain on the ground while taking photos of the rooftop. These images are recorded and surveyed to assist the roofing contractor with making an educated assessment of the roof. Most notably, contractors can spot weak areas on the roof that need to be addressed.
To create an estimate, roofers need to check more than just the top layer of a roof. Fortunately, footage recorded by a drone can go deeper than surface level. Drones fitted with roofing software, such as Eagleview, use thermal imaging to look for water damage. Being able to visually inspect the damage reduces the chance for any unforeseen issues to arise later on.
Roofers can also evaluate the measurements of ridges, peaks, and hard to reach areas with the assistance of a drone. Once images are captured a scale is used to pinpoint exactly how long and narrow an area is. Knowing this before climbing onto a roof saves roofers a great deal of time. Due to these perks, contractors can create almost perfect estimates for homeowners.
Drones are an invaluable tool that roofers can use to encapsulate their work digitally. Taking a photo of a rooftop from the air creates an image focused on the craftsmanship of the roof rather than the house. When taken correctly, these valuable images showcase the roofer’s expertise and experience. Even completed roofing projects have the potential to meet the criteria.
Savvy roofing contractors can use this to their advantage by creating an online roofing portfolio. The unique aerial view of each completed project will collectively create a large digital footprint. Enhancing a business’s online presence in this manner makes it easier for homeowners to locate the company.
After a severe storm, downed power lines, fallen trees, and other debris can prevent roofers from safely inspection a roof. With drones, however, this dangerous situation can be easily overcome. Roofers can swiftly send a drone soaring above a house without having to wait for an area to be cleaned up. While reviewing the status of a homeowner’s roof, the aerial images captured will reveal the prime locations for placing materials during the actual construction as well as the best entry and exit points.
The innovative solutions that drones provide are beneficial to both roofers and homeowners. Roofers can safely inspect a home from the ground as well as create numerous before and after images of roofing projects. Homeowners benefit from the accuracy of drone assisted estimates and the speed in which roofers can complete the job. Due to this, drones are quickly becoming a tool that roofers should not go without.