With the increasing frequency of storms and adverse weather in the UK comes an increasing need to carry out roof inspections.
There are many advantages to using a drone roof inspection instead of, or as a precursor to, traditional methods.
That is regardless of whether you’re carrying out regular, pro-active inspections, or an inspection following a period of bad weather,
Let’s take a look at some of the advantages:
- Significantly reduce, or completely remove the risk of working at height, by removing the need to work at height. By carrying out a preliminary drone roof inspection you can determine whether or not access is required to carry out a further inspection.
- Save time – it can often be much quicker to carry out a survey using a drone than it would be just to get access to carry out an inspection using more traditional means. Drones can also survey large areas in a much shorter time than traditional methods.
- Save money – depending on the size of the area to be surveyed, the costs of using a drone can be significantly cheaper than the costs of hiring and erecting scaffolding or using other means of access.
- If you have to factor in other things such as arranging additional permits then the cost and time savings become even more significant.
Of course, there are times when using a drone would not be of any benefit. If you know for certain that you have a problem and are going to need scaffolding anyway then using a drone might not be for you.
However even in those circumstances, for a large site, a drone could help to pinpoint the location of the issue and make sure that the scaffold is built in the most appropriate place.
How Much Does a Drone Roof Inspection Cost?
The cost of a drone roof survey will very depending on the location and the size of the site to be surveyed.
To give a rough indication, prices start from £195 + VAT for a location where no additional permissions (eg controlled airspace) are required.
For larger commercial premises please get in touch for a quote.
What Are the Options?
The two main options when carrying out a roof inspection would be either:
- high resolution still images (high dynamic range 20 mega-pixel jpeg images), GPS tagged with coordinates
- 4k video
We can also provide aerial photogrammetry surveys to create 2d or 3d maps and models if this is a requirement.
We can use a small drone, with a fixed focal length camera and get up close to the roof. We have a special bump cage that can be used to reduce the risk of flying close to objects and in confined spaces.
Or we can use a bigger drone, with a zoom camera and interchangeable lenses, depending on the requirements.