If you are buying a home, one of the most common questions an owner is asked is, ‘How old is the roof?’ This is because, depending on the size, pitch, and complexity of a roof, a replacement can cost a homeowner tens of thousands of dollars. Roof malfunctions can also lead to water damage in the home interior or even mold issues. For these reasons, having a comprehensive roof inspection prior to buying a home is an important part of the inspection process. The Drone Hangar inspections both as part of our home inspection business, and as a separate service. If you require a roof inspection, contact our business today.

Using Thermal imaging to detect roof anomalies and building energy loss

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Thermal image showing moisture below surface.

Thermal image showing moisture below surface

In the images above there is visual staining on the surface of the roof but the moisture under the surface extends beyond the dark areas.

Sometimes there are no visual signs of moisture, and this is where the thermal imaging really shines. Note in the images below that the white arrow shows moisture areas that show no signs on the visual image.

Note that the area around the black arrow shows no visual signs of defect.

Note that the area around the black arrow shows no visual signs of defect.

The white arrow indicates areas of moisture underneath the surface membrane.

The white arrow indicates areas of moisture underneath the surface membrane.

Commercial roofs are incredibly expensive to replace but with this technology we can show you areas that can be repaired, drastically reducing cost for the building owner/maintenance company.

Thermal imaging can also detect energy loss in residential and commercial buildings. No building is air-tight and there will always be some loss of conditioned air, and infrared inspection technology is the only way to detect extreme energy loss can reduce occupant comfort and cost you money.

Thermal anomaly indicating missing or failed insulation.

Thermal anomaly indicating missing or failed insulation.

Industries that can benefit from UAV Thermal inspections:

  • Roofing companies
  • Contractors
  • Real estate agents
  • Insurance adjusters
  • Property management companies
  • Solar panel manufacturers and installers

While most thermal images can provide immediate information, in some cases the images must be analyzed and “tuned” using specialized software. Our certified inspectors have the knowledge and capability to provide you with expert analysis of all thermal imaging performed with fast results.

Since UAV thermal imaging is still relatively new, there are applications that have not been explored yet. If you have an inspection need that can benefit from the use of thermal that you wish to explore or want to see what we can do for you with a particular type of aerial inspection, please do not hesitate to contact us. While we primarily serve the greater Cincinnati metro area and northern Kentucky, we have performed these inspections all over the country.

VISUAL AERIAL INSPECTIONS

The power of aerial imaging cannot be underestimated. Whether inspecting a residential roof, a cell tower, or bridge, drone mounted cameras offer you a unique perspective. New drones are coming with powerful zoom capability and high-resolution sensors that can see the smallest defect from great distances from angles that you cannot see any other way.

Picture of a damaged chimney taken by a drone mounted camera.

Picture of a damaged chimney taken by a drone mounted camera.

Utilizing a drone, we can show you the condition of your roof to determine if repairs are needed, useful life, chimney condition, cracked plumbing boots, or any other visual defects present on your roof. Defects can be seen in real-time and because the images collected are high resolution zooming in on the image on a computer is also possible meaning that we can see all the way down to the granule level of a shingle!  These types of inspections can be performed regardless of shingle type, ground terrain, pitch or height of the roof and do not require costly climbing equipment and fall protection. Furthermore, walking on a roof surface causes damage and because we do not need to get onto the surface no damage occurs. Some types of shingles cannot be inspected from the roof surface safely such as slate, wood/ wood shake, or mission barrel tile, but with a UAV we can inspect every inch of any roof surface with incredible detail. Because most the roofs that cannot be safely mounted are expensive to repair and replace, being able to find these before a home purchase can be very beneficial. Even if you already own the house, identifying roof issues as early as possible will save you some very expensive headaches in the future.

Image showing holes in slate captured using a drone

Image showing holes in slate captured using a drone

We have helped many homeowners and buyers determine roof condition and can perform aerial roof inspections as part of a purchase or as a standalone service. We can send these images to your contractor, roofing company, etc. to help save them time and get you a faster quote on service. We can provide just the images or a detailed report.

We can provide aerial inspection imagery for:

  • Roofing companies.
  • Home Inspectors.
  • Homeowners.
  • Home buyers.
  • Chimney companies.
  • Building Managers and Condo associations.

Contact us today

Our drone experts are available to serve the greater Cincinnati metro area and northern Kentucky. This includes the townships of Coleraine, Green, Anderson, Springfield, Delhi, Sycamore, etc., as well as Covington, Erlanger, Independence, Newport, Fort Thomas, Alexandria, and more. We also serve the Northern Cincinnati area to include Middletown and Springboro. Virtual consultation services are available to anyone in the United States.

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