Buying and Using Drones to Inspect Roof Systems
Drones are among the hottest subjects in the roofing industry today. The idea of using a state-of-the-art flying video camera to reduce your time invested in unsafe roofing systems is too tempting to ignore, specifically if you’re just a big kid at heart.
I always desired a push-button control helicopter maturing, however they were way too pricey and difficult to fly. Today’s drones have actually fixed those issues and made all our youth dreams a truth. The next step is to validate the purchase of this state-of-the-art “toy” by discussing the real organization value that they supply.
Giuffre Contracting in Albany, NY recently wrote a post about how they use drones to help them better inspect their customers roof systems.
Why buy a drone for your roofing company?
– Inspect difficult to access roofing sections and reduce time spent in the “risk zone”
– Create detailed aerial measurement reports
– Create professional quality footage of your jobs to utilize in your marketing products
– Make an enduring impression on your clients while closing more sales
Now that you’ve encouraged your accounting professional, business partner, employer and so on that you need a drone. Here’s what you need to know …
Step 1– Picking The Right Drone
There are a ton of choices out there and the fact is, we’re not experts on whatever drone. We’ve never constructed a drone from a package or setup our own video up-link and we have no intentions of doing so. We desired something that was ready to fly right from the box so we picked the most significant consumer drone business out there, DJI. DJI makes a few excellent drones that are a terrific location to begin.
The DJI Phantom 3 and 4: The existing DJI Phantom 4 and the earlier DJI Phantom 3 are cost effective and capable drones that will get you working in minutes. (We had a Phantom 2, which was terrific as well but the video camera had a broad angle lens and required lens correction prior to getting accurate roofing measurements from the image. The newer designs don’t have this concern, making the aerial imagery perfect to utilize.).
The DJI Inspire: The Inspire is an expert grade flying video camera that’s an action above the Phantom. If you have the spending plan, the Inspire will do everything you want and more.
Obviously, there are a lots of other choices out there however we’ll stay with the ones we know. Here are a few things to search for if you stray the beaten path:.
· Capable of High Altitude: You’ll need a drone that’s capable of flying to about 400 feet, which is the optimum enabled by the FAA. This height is needed to reduce any perspective distortion on the image in order to get accurate measurements.
· A Camera that can Look Straight Down: Some of the cheaper drones cannot in fact tilt the camera directly down to get a direct overhead shot of the roofing system. Straight shots are needed in order to get right measurements from the drone.
· Battery Life: You should be able to get 20 minutes or more out of a battery. You do not desire the charge to run out in the middle of a roofing evaluation and spare batteries are typically costly. Ensure you get lots of flying time on a charge.
· Capable of Handling Wind: You’ll want something that can fly when it’s a bit breezy. A sturdy drone with powerful motors must be able to fly on the majority of days.
· HD Video Uplink: You’ll want to see HD video of precisely what the drone is seeing. This makes flying much easier and enables you to identify problem areas on the roof.
· GPS Guidance: It is exceptionally hassle-free to fly a drone with GPS. When you release the controls, it ought to stay practically where you left it.
Step 2– Getting Some Practice.
So you simply bought a $3,500 Inspire drone and are thrilled to examine your very first roofing system with it. Here’s the best ways to lower your chance of bouncing it off of a roofing system on your first flight in front of a consumer and conserve yourself the expense and pity of a crash. (I will not point fingers, however somebody here in the office still has not had the ability to live down the embarrassing crash of our old Phantom 2.).
Exactly what’s the technique? Attempt a little quad rotor drone can be discovered on Amazon for about $20 and the fundamental controls are the same as the big ones. They’re remarkably rugged and can be bounced off of the walls in your house or workplace dozens of times prior to being damaged. They are likewise MUCH more difficult to fly. As soon as you’ve effectively piloted one of these around your living-room, you’ll be impressed at how easy the huge ones are.
Step 3– Legal Stuff.
The FAA recently released some brand-new laws impacting drone flight. Be sure to examine your city ordinance for regulations.