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Here’s Why Drone Roof Inspections Beat Any Measurement Report [Updated January, 2021]

Technological innovations are driving widespread change through many industries. Drone roof inspections are the most popular applications of drones in the construction industry. Thanks to IMGING, the leading drone inspection software, roofing contractors can get way more than just basic drone photos of a roof. In the era of COVID-19, a contractor with a touchless inspection method will win business of the contractor that needs to climb a roof. In this piece, we’ll break down why a roofing-tailored drone solution can provide a much better alternative to traditional roof reports.

Creating Trust

In the contracting world, reputation matters. But even established contractors with good reputations deal with skeptical homeowners. How do you create trust? Third-party assessments of roof damage, like IMGING’s AI-powered damage detection, are a powerful tool in creating trust. Drag-and-drop easy report building tools in IMGING mean that roof inspection reports you share with customers have a ton of high-quality, unbiased data including accurate measurements, highlighted damage, and high-resolution imagery.

Better Availability

Sometimes, roofers can’t climb on a roof due to things like steepness or excessive damage. Before drones, roofers would typically order a roof report from a third party in these types of situations. These reports rely on low flying planes capture pictures of the property which raises a number of difficulties. What happens if the property is away from a major metropolitan area? What if there is heavy tree cover? When were the images last taken and has a storm passed through since then that may have altered the condition of the roof? Or for another example, let’s say a commercial building has completely redone their HVAC since aerial imagery was gathered. If that roof has changed significantly, your bid won’t be accurate. With a drone roof inspection, contractors can inspect any property and have imagery of the entire roof in its current state. No guesswork, no third-party involvement, just up to date, accurate data for the roof inspection report.

Quality and Quantity

In the roofing industry, business can pick up in an instant and roofers need to prepare themselves for the potential uptick in projects. This means they need a way to decrease time spent inspecting roofs and still generate fair, accurate bids. With drones, roofers can stay on top of their projects while still delivering the best services possible to their customers. Drones can inspect a roof in as little as 10 minutes and deliver a pile of high-resolution imagery as well as facet-specific measurements. On the back side of the process, roofers can even use artificial intelligence technology to automatically detect damage so they can build reports that show customer exactly what’s going on with their roof.


If you look at roof inspection reports created from drone-gathered data, and the reports you can order from a third-party, there’s no comparison. Many drone solutions don’t provide simple reports, they provide a sophisticated bidding platform that makes it easy for roofers to gather data, review it, and turn it all into detailed bids and reports.

Curious how drones, AI, and other awesome tools can help your roofing company close more business? Take a look at the IMGING inspection platform.


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