Whether you are a roofer, engineer, lawyer, insurance adjuster, or property owner, you are always in need of an effective way to document a roof’s condition.
We are going to discuss the benefits of deploying drones to help you accomplish this need safely and efficiently on both commercial low sloped roof systems and residential shingled or tiled roofs.
Technology – Making Your Work Life Easier
You can deploy drones with thermal and visible imagers. Thermal imagers are capable of capturing both video and photos at a resolution of 640x 512 pixels. Visible imagers can capture 4k video and 21mp still shots.
There are even cameras on the market today that have 30x optical zoom capabilities that are designed specifically for drones.
Roof imaging can be captured autonomously ensuring you capture images systematically. These images can then be stitched and processed for larger roof systems giving you the ability to run calculations and measurements as needed.
The Benefits – From Roof Line to Roof Line
Visible Imaging – Using drones with visible cameras can be helpful for documenting every type of roofs exterior condition.
You can get images zoomed in close enough to see the smallest details. These images can be systematically organized and reviewed in the office to create a better understanding of whats going on with the roof without having to spend a ton of time on the roof in person.
You can take both the zoomed out images and detailed images and process a detailed report that visually depicts the roofs condition to show clients, insurance companies or use in legal battles.
When also performing a thermal roof scan on a commercial roof, having good external visible images to compare with the thermal images helps to identify where suspected moisture is compared to surface debris and other structures present on the roof.
This only works on roof structures that have insulation or something that holds the moisture directly below the roof membrane.
Identifying where suspected moisture is can be very helpful for narrowing in on where leaks or surface problems exist. Knowing how much is present can help you run a cost analysis to determine if repair or replacement is what is best for the client.
Capturing thermal images from a drone is quite advantageous. It is often beneficial to capture the images as close to a 90 degree angle to eliminate as much reflection as possible.
Many times, you may not see the suspected moisture from one angle but can from another. Drones allow you to change angle and distance from the roof very quickly and easily. Capturing direct over head images also allows you to post process your collected data to gather more helpful information.
We are able to run calculations on roof measurements and calculate how much suspected moisture is present in the roof structure.
To learn more about how drones can help document roof conditions and where it can benefit your business, give us a call at (214) 842-6000!