Drones used for faster and more efficient roof inspections
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones are significantly gaining prominence in the field of roof inspections. According to a new case study carried by FLIR systems, many roof inspectors in the US are turning to drones so inspect roofs.
The drones that have both visible and thermal cameras are used to inspect roofs for signs of damaged or missing insulation. The drones are also used to track moisture which can cause damage to the roof.
Drones are capable of providing a clear view of the roof by capturing images and videos of the areas that need attention. The inspectors may be required to get on top of the roof for further assessment but they go there with a clear view of the areas that need attention.
According to the study, drone technology is advantageous in that it helps to ensure the safety of the inspectors. Physical inspection of the roof is highly risk since the inspectors risk slipping and injuring themselves.
Roof inspection using drones is also faster and efficient since the inspector does not necessarily need to climb the ladder to the top of the roof. A drone can be deployed by one operator from another position instead of many people conducting the same process. In terms of labor, drone technology is efficient.
According to the report, there are also specialized courses in roof inspection and thermography that are offered by the Infrared Training Center. These courses are designed to help the operators to understand how they can fully utilize the technology to their advantage.
Investing in drones can be expensive but the cost can be recovered in the long run. For instance, commercial operators will save a lot of time in conducting roof inspection. Drone technology also eliminates labor costs since only one operator is required for the whole operation.
Drones can face regulatory challenges according to the report compiled by FLIR. Some of these challenges include regulations about when and where the drones can be used. However, drones with visual and thermal cameras are a must to have since they can make the whole inspection process faster and more efficient.
Drones are also effective since they help to address the safety concerns. The operator of the drone can deploy it from a safe place and the whole process does not require the use of ladders.
Drone technology can go a long way in revolutionizing the roof inspection sector in different parts of the globe.