Serious damage like water leaks on the roof can be expensive to repair, and lead to mold growth and health issues. Homeowners and home buyers can benefit from a Drone Roof Inspection because it helps ensure thorough inspection of hard-to-reach roof areas.
Here is everything you need to know about drone roof inspections for your current or future home.
What is a Roof Inspection?
A full home inspection typically includes an assessment of interior and exterior roof areas, when accessible and safe to do so.
Interior Roof Inspection
Interior roof inspection checks the ceiling and/or attic for proper ventilation, signs of water intrusion, and presence of mold and moisture.
Full-service home inspection companies may also offer Thermal Imaging or Infrared (IR) Scan. IR cameras allow inspectors to identify presence of moisture intrusion and provide additional peace of mind.
Exterior Roof Inspection
During an exterior roof inspection, the inspector checks the overall roof condition, looks for signs of water leak, improper flashing, structural issues with the chimney and the gutter. They also check for deterioration of seals and rubber boots around the vent pipes. However, if the roof is wet, too high, too steep, or otherwise not safe to walk, the inspector may not be able to do a full check without a drone.
Drones provide inspectors the means to inspect the roof exterior without relying on ladders or binoculars.
Benefits of Drone Roof Inspection
Drones are one of the useful tools that a professional home inspector can offer. Here are a few of the benefits:
Hard to reach parts of the roof can be thoroughly inspected. Inspectors are not required to climb on the roof. Having a drone provides a better vantage point for the inspector to accurately assess the condition of the roof, gutter, and chimney.
Ability to conduct a roof inspection when roof climbing may not be possible. Weather elements may prevent an inspector from climbing a roof even if they wanted to. In such situations, a drone may be very handy to the extent it’s feasible to fly drone in those weather conditions.
Reduces safety issues. Another important appeal of the drone is that it helps increase the safety factor for the inspector. Any opportunity to lessen potential danger is a win for all parties involved.
When Should You Have a Roof Inspection?
The roof is your home's frontline defense against the elements so it’s important to keep it in good condition. You should have your roof professionally inspected before buying or selling a home. Savvy homeowners also have regular inspections after major storms, or on a yearly basis. This regular inspection can help identify issues early before they become more costly repairs.
Your Inspector Requires Certification for Flying Drones
With the increasing popularity of drones, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has outlined regulations for their commercial use. These regulations are meant to help ensure that proper protocols and maintenance are followed to safely operate the drone. Therefore, make sure that your inspector is a certified remote pilot and that their drone is registered.
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