The Pros & Cons of Drone Roof Inspections

Posted on: 5 August 2016

The National Association of Home Builders recommends that you have your roof inspected every three years. During an inspection, a residential roofing contractor will look for signs of damage to your roof. Damage can allow rain and moisture to seep in and cause further damage to the roof or even leaks inside of your home. Traditionally, these roof inspections are done by a contractor going on top of your roof and visually inspecting it. But some companies are beginning to fly drones over your roof to conduct an inspection. If the company you are considering using for your roof inspection wants to do the inspection with a drone, you may be curious to learn the advantages and disadvantages of this. Here are some of the pros and cons of having a drone roof inspection.

Cons of Having Your Roof Inspected By a Drone

A Drone Can't Provide The Same Amount of Information That a Human Can

A drone can take pictures or videos of the roof, as well as measurements. However, a drone can't touch and feel the roof. If your shingles are beginning to bubble, an inspector can feel that bubble and determine if it is air or water underneath the bubble. The way bubbling shingles are repaired vary based on whether water is present or not. As such, in some cases, a contractor may still need to climb on your roof to do a roofing inspection, as the drone could not provide all of the needed information.

Your Neighbors May Not Like a Drone Flying Around Your Home

The other downside to using a drone for a roof inspection is that you may irritate your neighbors. Drones can be noisy and some neighbors have privacy concerns if it is flying close to their property line. Giving your neighbors a heads up that a drone may be flying above your home on a certain date and time can help alleviate some of these issues. Additionally, if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association, be sure to find out if there are any restrictions to having a drone flown in the neighborhood.

Pros of Having Your Roof Inspected By a Drone

There is No Safety Risk to a Contractor

One of the biggest advantages to using a drone for a roof inspection is that there is no risk to the safety of a residential roofing inspector. When an inspector has to climb on your roof and do an inspection, there is always a slight risk of injury to the contractor should the ladder they are climbing on fall over or should they slide off the roof. When a drone is used, there is no risk of injury to the contractor, making it a great way to safely have an inspection completed.

Roofs That Shouldn't Be Walked on Can Be Thoroughly Assessed

The other benefit to having a drone complete a roof inspection is that the drone can thoroughly assess a roof that shouldn't be walked on. Some roofs have steep pitches, are in extremely poor condition, or are made of materials, such as slate, that should not be walked atop. In these situations, completing a roof inspection can be challenging. A roofing contractor may have to stand atop a ladder and simply look at the roof from different vantage points to inspect it without walking on. Unfortunately, some parts of the roof may not be looked at because they can't be seen with this method. As such, roofing damage can be missed. A drone can look at all parts of the roof, regardless of the condition, slope or materials on the roof.

There are advantages and disadvantages to having your roof inspected by a drone. Taking the time to learn about these pros and cons will help you make a decision as to whether this is the best way for you to have your roof inspected.


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Hi, my name is Scott, and as you search through this blog, you'll learn invaluable information concerning roofs. When reading the articles, you'll learn about roof repairs, roofing materials and what's new in the roofing industry. I didn't become interested in roofing until my roof started to leak. When that happened, I started doing all types of research to find out why and where my roof was leaking. As I performed my research, I became very interested in the entire industry and even after I hired professional roofers to fix the leak, I still wanted to learn more about roofing. Since I enjoy blogging in my spare time, I decided to start a blog about roofing, and I hope that you also find the information you read interesting and useful.