Professional Aerial Roof Inspection – Safety Benefits
A moment’s research will clearly demonstrate the safety benefits over traditional inspection methods such as scaffolding or elevated platforms. In fact, a drone pilot with their feet firmly on the ground completely removes the health and safety risks associated with Working at Height.
If remedial work on a roof or solar panel is required, then there is no doubt that a human being is going to need to access the area to carry out the repairs. Where drones offer real benefits is in their ability to quickly and simply provide the information that you need in order to determine if repairs or maintenance are required.
If, following the gathering of detailed images by a UAV, there is no need to carry out any work then there has been no risk of associated cost of sending workers onto the roof to establish this fact. Where a need is found to send in a repair team, they can be deployed with detailed information as well as the relevant tools and materials – minimising their time working at height. Another risk and cost reduction provided by a short drone flight. The benefit to workplace safety is very clear to see.
Accurate and Repeatable Evaluations
Where a property requires regular inspection to meet lease and / or insurance conditions, once again a drone can provide an ideal and cost-effective solution. Drones are afforded unprecedented levels of access to all roof and chimney areas, no matter how inaccessible they may be ‘on foot’. Their sky-borne viewpoint and the resulting images can be used to take accurate measurements, removing inaccuracies caused by human error or different methodologies used.
Flights can be repeated exactly at predefined intervals allowing the resulting images to be compared on a like for like basis, making it easy to spot changes or degradation in condition over time.
Easy Information Sharing
Digital image files and video can be easily shared between interested parties. Property managers, investors, insurance agents and maintenance teams can all have access to the same detailed information from the comfort of their desks. It is then fast and simple to carry out a dialogue sure in the knowledge that everyone is on the same page.
Thermal Imaging Capabilities
Standard digital cameras can provide previously impossible levels of detailed data collection. Add the ability of a drone to collect infrared data and put that drone in the hands of a qualified thermographer and the available data is expanded considerably.
The summer months offer the perfect opportunity to assess the safe and efficient operations of any solar panels that are installed. Flights at times or peak operation can be used to quickly identify faults with the cells that could be dangerous, or at least mean that your solar investment is under performing.
The colder months are the ideal time to use the difference between internal and external temperatures to examine insulation performance, look for thermal bridges and pinpoint potential problem areas such as water ingress. Preventative maintenance can lead to considerable cost savings over the long term.
There’s no denying the practical benefit and comfort factor of an open fire in your home however, your chimney does require regular inspection if you are to continue to enjoy your time by the hearth safely. Creosote can build up inside the chimney which is the most common cause of chimney fires and chimney stacks can be become blocked by bird nests or other debris, or otherwise become structurally unsound.
Inspection of the roof, and specifically the chimney, before a house purchase can provide valuable information about your new home and pinpoint any problems before you progress. Drones can offer a no-intrusive, fast and cost-efficient way to assess your chimney, both for domestic and commercial installations. High resolution images can be captured with minimal disruption in jut a short flight. Alternatively, in cases where drone flight is impractical, our sophisticated inspection cameras can be mounted to our freestanding mast.
Builders and property developers can use our UAV pilots to carry out detailed inspections of chimney stacks in a fraction of the time and cost that it would take to erect scaffolding or bring an elevated platform onto site. The flexibility of a camera in the sky means that a chimney, even one in an area that is difficult to access via traditional methods, can be captured from all angles meaning a complete assessment can be made. A repair plan can be formulated if required and any remedial work can be carried out in a targeted and thus effective manner.
Commercial PV Solar Farms
Climate change and the need for renewable energy is driving an unprecedented investment into commercial photovoltaic solar farms. However there any many issues that can result in failures of the panels if not properly and routinely inspected. Thermal Imaging has long been the technology of choice for fault diagnosis and now using the latest drone thermal imaging cameras in the hands of qualified and experienced aerial UAV operators such as Drone Media Imaging, survey and inspection has never been more quick, cost efficient and thorough.
Domestic Solar Panels
Domestic solar panels are now a familiar sight on the rooftops of the UK, but many people fail to carry out the necessary maintenance to make sure that they are getting the most from their investment.
Faults in your panel, either caused during the installation process or occurring over time, can not only mean that your panel’s productivity falls. It can also be a cause of roof fires in extreme cases and so many companies recommend a biennial inspection to ensure safety as well as optimal performance.
As with any electrical installation, particularly those installed outside on a roof, appropriate visual inspection is a necessity, but access can be difficult. Drones can be deployed quickly and cost effectively and when coupled with high-end thermal payload technology, defects can be spotted very quickly
Professional Roof Inspection by Drone
It has already been established that companies utilising drones for roof inspections are benefiting from that inspection work being completed three times faster in comparison to traditional methods.
This, combined with the increased amount of detailed data available, makes drone technology the perfect fit for your roof inspection needs.
- Faster inspection
- Minimal business disruption
- Repeatable data gathering
- High level of accuracy compared to manual measurements
- Comprehensive roof access
- Reduced risk of damage caused by the inspection process
- Thermal imaging capabilities