Drones and new technology can help show damage easier, far less costly, and much safer. But are drone investigations accurate? Will they miss damages otherwise owed with a full investigation to determine roof damage?

I thought about this after reading a post by Steve Hadazzi which stated:

Here is another example of a roof that we photographed utilizing drone. As you zoom in, there will be a brief 3 or 4-second pause as the imagery renders.

Zoomable Roof Image: https://goo.gl/q1ZzYw (I cannot guarantee the image will remain}

Taking a single top-down photograph with a drone will never give you the ability to zoom in close enough to really see the damage. We take a “flat” photograph of each individual slope. This means that the shingles near the top of the slope are the same distance away from the camera lens as the shingles at the bottom of the slope. The result is that all shingles on the slope are equally visible.

In order to maintain the same resolution as the smaller slopes, we photograph the larger slopes in sections and then stitch them together.

For me, I think a proper roof inspection involves the easy drone inspection utilizing today’s less costly techniques and then the more costly human investigation if damage is not found.

What do you think? Is there a more efficient or better technology or method for adjustment of damage to roofs? Are we stuck with always manually crawling on roofs and paying extra sums for safety?

Another Thought For The Day

For any new technology there is always controversy and there always some fear associated with it. I think that’s just the price of being first sometimes.
—Hugh Grant