With Today’s Technology, There is No Roof That We Can’t Inspect
Look in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an oversized bumble bee! Wait…it’s a drone? 2020 brought us several unpleasant surprises (thank you COVID-19) but one thing that finally went well: quality drone technology for roofing.
As the general manager of a roofing company, I’ve spent plenty of time on roofs or worrying about my people on roofs. It’s a necessary part of the business but I also know that less time on the roof means we have less chances of injury, less potential damage to the roof and more accurate inspections.
You might be thinking, “How can you get more accurate inspections by not going on the roof?” While I agree that nothing beats the thoroughness of a human judgement call, the drone is a more fool proof style of inspection. Here are a few of the reasons that drones are more fool proof:
1. The inspections are computer engineered for full roof coverage. Any human walking a roof might miss a section, but our drones come with a program that does a full roof outline that cannot be missed.
2. The drone inspections are recorded and time stamped. While a human roof inspection might have pictures that are time stamped of specific areas, a drone outline provides a full roof review that can be reassessed years later for specific spots on the roof. This is a handy tool after a storm comes through your neighborhood and you need proof that the storm caused new damage to your roof.
3. Drones don’t make mistakes due to height or steep pitches. While our roofers and project managers are very thorough and professional – they are human. Extreme heights and near vertical pitches can make walking a roof treacherous and, therefore, can lead to inaccessible areas. Drones do not have limitations and provide better overall quality.
4. Drones are impartial and may be more trusted by adjusters. Due the computerized nature of a drone inspection – adjusters may consider a drone’s judgements to be more honest. While our Project Managers are very honest, adjusters have developed a healthy mistrust of roofer opinions on roof damages over the years. For a robotic inspection, the human element is removed, and adjusters can trust the final report.
You might be thinking, “Rob, you just said a drone makes judgements?” I’d explain the process like this: a drone has specific imperfections it is set to target. For example, a drone will notice darker colors within sections that are generally associated with trauma to the roof. These trauma signatures are easy storm damages indicators. Once in a while the drone may find something that is not storm damage (for example, debris on a roof). As part of the drone report Monarch representatives review the drone’s markings and remove any errant markings prior to report submittals. Particularly impressive in drone technology are “Flir cameras” which indicate heat variations on roofs. These heat variations are valuable in finding water intrusion on flat roofs since the moist areas will typically be a different temperature than dry areas on the roof.
Monarch representatives are your best bet for honest, accurate guidance in your next steps for roof replacement. Our drone is usage is just an additional tool we have to make sure you get the best service you deserve. Honest, safe, less invasive, and very accurate – drones are certainly the wave of the future in roof inspections!