Roof inspectors in the United States are increasingly purchasing UAVs to survey roofs, according to a new case study.
The study, carried out by FLIR Systems, says that drones equipped with thermal and visible cameras are being used to track down moisture and inspect for signs of insulation that is damaged or missing.
Although inspectors may still be required to get up on the roof to establish the extent of an issue, the drones are able to give a thorough view of a roof and establish which parts will not need further inspection.
This has ensured that roof inspections can be safer, faster and more efficient, according to the study.
The report also claims that specialised courses in drone thermography and roof inspection are offered at the Infrared Training Center which allow operators to fully understand how to use the technology.
Furthermore it argues that the cost of investing in a drone can be recouped by commercial operators quickly given the time saved.
The report, written by FLIR’s John Anderson, concludes: “While drones can face regulatory challenges concerning where and when they can fly, the combination of drones with thermal and visual cameras is a must-have for roof inspectors who want to stay ahead of the curve.
“These systems can make inspections faster and more efficient, while also reducing safety concerns.”
FLIR Systems is a world-leading industrial technology company focused on intelligent sensing solutions for defense, industrial, and commercial applications.