Roofing isn’t just shingles and nails anymore. New technological advancements are changing the game for us. Read on to learn more about how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), also known as drones, are shaping the future of roofing:
Prior To Construction
Before construction can begin, a series of inspections and checks take place. Drones are incredibly useful during the pre-construction process, as they allow roofers to see the worksite without stepping foot onto the roof.
More roofers are using drones to conduct roofing inspections and for good reason. Drone inspections can be completed by one person standing on the ground—no need for a team of workers to set up scaffolding! And since the roofer is still on the ground, there’s no concern about the safety or structural integrity of the roof being inspected.
Drones are also useful during the bidding process, giving both clients and contractors a better understanding of the job site. They’re able to get into hard to reach or tight-fitting spaces, which means contractors are able to predict any unique challenges before starting the project. This allows contractors to get an accurate estimate of the full cost of the project.
Once construction begins, drones give visual access to site managers and clients, improving communication and helping establish trust. Clients can see real-time progress of their project, including before and after images if a drone was also used in the pre-construction phase. Managers can easily track progress across a number of projects, without having to physically travel from site to site—improving safety and visibility for the workers, and increasing documentation for the company.
Top Tips For Purchasing A Drone
Before you purchase a drone, make sure you’re familiar with the local UAV regulations as established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). For example, some places require special permits before you can fly a drone over a public space. Using a drone for work purposes often requires pilots to be FAA-Certified. At K & P Exteriors, all of our supervisors have obtained the proper UAV pilot license.
Invest in a model you trust, and make sure it has the features you’re looking for—battery life, quality camera, etc. Some drones even come equipped with a thermal imaging camera, allowing contractors to monitor the quality of insulation on a building.
At K & P Exteriors, we’re proud to stay up to date with the leading technological advancements in our industry. We comply with all local and state regulations regarding the use of drones. To learn more about the services we provide, including roofing inspections and new construction builds, visit our website or call us at (303) 853-0072.