A home’s roof is a critical area that must be inspected but many roofs are inaccessible due to height and/or dangerous roof material. For safety reasons, an inspector does not have to walk the roof and can rightly use a ladder at accessible eaves or use binoculars from the ground. Yes, you are potentially paying someone to inspect your roof with binoculars and not see the important, hidden parts of the roof that may require attention.
A few reasons to warrant not walking on a roof:
Unsafe or fragile roof material (clay tile, metal, slate, wood shake, etc)
Inaccessible due to height or age deterioration
Uncomfortable with heights
Excessively steep pitch
The concept of using drones to inspect roofs is new and not widely used by home inspectors. Add in personal privacy concerns and airspace safety and the confusion gets much worse. While not every roof can be completely inspected unless walked, to ensure the best possible service, The Handy Vet uses a drone with a 4K camera to inspect virtually all inaccessible roofs. Every part of the roof that can be seen from above, to include hidden areas around chimneys, dormers, flashing, etc is given the best possible inspection to identify any areas of concern.
Many people think flying a drone is illegal and that’s correct in every case if flying for business purposes without proper certification and Air Traffic Control clearance. To legally conduct drone inspections, the Handy Vet obtained a FAA Part 107 sUAS Certificate and coordinates with local Air Traffic Control towers or FAA contractors to legally operate in controlled airspace and safely conduct inspections. Don't be mislead by unlicensed drone pilots. Anyone hiring an unlicensed drone operator can face penalties up to $11,000 by the FAA. Click here for an independent article discussing the issue.
Additional drone inspection services include but are not limited to:
Property Perimeter Inspection
Construction Progress (periodic fly-overs)
Large Structure Roof Inspections (Townhome Communities, Condos, etc)
Golf Course Aerial Fairway View / Inspection
Videos of drone inspections in conjunction with a residential, commercial, or property inspections are available through a file share server in either a raw (unedited) format or an edited version at an additional cost. Video editing requires additional time but written reports will not be delayed and will be delivered within 24 hours detailing any issues.
If you have an inaccessible roof and want to ensure it is fully inspected or have another inspection request like one above or something different, contact Handy Vet Inspections for a quote.
Watch this short video depicting how inspections are conducted with a drone. Most drone roof inspections take an average of 30 minutes to inspect the entire roof. Larger structures or those with many issues will take longer.