Rooftops are one of the areas of a property that receive the most stress from the elements but also they are one of the hardest areas to inspect. They aren’t typically designed to be walked upon and so regular inspection ‘on foot’ can actually cause or exacerbate problems but their is expense and downtime involved with hiring cherry pickers or erecting scaffolding to enable ‘non-contact’ inspection. All of this means that inspections are carried out less frequently which can allow small issues to develop into large problems leading to repair expense both to the roof itself and even to internal damage. Drone inspection can provide an easy and cost effective solution to this problem.
Roof Inspections and Thermal Imaging
At Drone Media Imaging, we can offer fully qualified and insured pilots to carry out inspections on your property using one of our state of the art UAV fleet. In addition to providing you with still images and video footage we can also, during the same booking, offer you a thermal property inspection. All of this means that you can share information with your repair contractors to enable them to carry out surgically targeted repairs and fix minor issues before they become expensive major problems. The addition of the thermal pictures which allow you to view high resolution images on your PC and zoom in to look at temperature at almost pixel level. This can be an invaluable tool in identifying problems with insulation (meaning you can address issues and make longer term savings on your heating bill) and also pinpoint areas of water ingress (and fix those problems before they progress to cause external and internal damage).
How Thermal Imaging Inspection Works
Thermal inspection can be an excellent tool in providing you with information that you are unable to detect with the naked eye although the conditions at the time of survey are vital to obtaining accurate readings. The energy from the sun is radiated and absorbed into the roof surface and radiated back out at night (radiational cooling). Where there areas that are holding water, the heat is maintained for longer than in dry areas and so these areas will show as warmer in an infrared image. Missing areas of insulation are also visible during the inspection process. Drone Media Imaging will determine the correct time of day and conditions in which to fly to achieve your goals and provide you with detailed images for your evaluation.