3 Steps To Using Drones For Safe Roof Inspection

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Drones are becoming more popular for commercial use, and can be a safe way to do tasks like inspect structures. Today, small drones are even affordable, and even a small toy drone of an older child can be used for some simple tasks. If you have roof damage, these small machines can be used to take photos and inspect the damage. Commercial roofing companies have begun using them, but you may also want to do your own inspections to evaluate problems and repairs that need to be done. Here are some steps to help you with roof damage inspection:  

1. Getting The Drone Setup For Flight And Preparing Spare Parts

Because any types of drones are lightweight aircrafts, many small problems can affect them. This can be something as simple as damage to blades, which can make the drone more difficult to control. Before you do a flight, make sure you replace any damaged parts. You may want to do a test flight to get use to the controls and spot problems that need to be addressed. In addition, keep spare parts handy to do repairs to the drone when needed.

2. Preparing The Camera For Photos Or Videos Of Your Roof Damage

Depending on the type of drone you are using, the camera may be integrated into the drone or it may have brackets to mount a small camera. Some cameras will have a display that you can watch as you fly, such as drones that connect to a mobile device or have a display on the remote control. Others may not have any display, so you may want to practice flying. With the display it will be easier to see the photos and videos, but you may need to set things up if you do not have a display. Taking photos can be tricky, so you want to try to fly the drone a smooth as possible and get as close to the roof as possible without having an accident (crashing the drone).

3. Taking Time To Inspect Roof Section By Section For Best Results

Being able to get clear photos of your roof is important to inspect the damage. The best way to do this is by doing the inspection of your roof in sections. This will allow you to take the time to cover areas and review the images. You may want to do areas several times to get different views and combinations of photos and videos, so you can evaluate any problems that may be visible on your roof. 

With these steps, you will be able to do your own roof inspections and know what needs to be repaired, without putting yourself in danger physically getting on your roof. Once you have photos and video of the damage, contact a home insurance agent (such as one from home insurance with Acumen Insurance Group Inc) and review it with them to get an idea of what you need to do to repair your roof.