The explosion in popularity in the use of drones in the commercial sector has grown exponentially over the past few years, with drone sales in 2021 projected to reach $12 billion dollars, according to Business Insider Intelligence. Drones are utilized in many different industries including agriculture, law enforcement, telecommunications, construction, and many more. Drones typically allow for critical tasks to be accomplished quicker, safer, and more efficiently than by other means.
In the roofing industry, drones are an invaluable tool that can be used in many applications and situations. Some of the common uses for drones in roofing include infrared scanning (to find wet areas on flat roofing), site measuring, and inspecting hard to access areas of a roof, such as steep slope roofs, spires, and perches. In all these cases, drones make the process quicker and safer for roofing personnel.
At Cornett Roofing, we have equipped our staff with lightweight, easy to fly drones for inspection and measuring purposes. Since we often work on slate and clay tile roofs, using a drone for inspection both eliminates the risk of injury for our staff and the potential to damage these roofs by walking on them. Both slate and tile roofs can be extremely slippery, with little grip to offer and are often installed on steep areas, usually two or three stories high. The benefits of using a drone in these situations are simply too valuable to pass up.
What does the future hold for the use of drones in the roofing industry? There are potentially many new tasks that drones could be used for the in future. While there is software today that allows for accurate 3D mapping and measuring of structures, this technology will likely be improved and included in the core features of a drone, as opposed to 3rd party services. As battery life and power generation abilities increase, drones could be used to deliver heavy materials and tools to the roof, eliminating the need for expensive cranes and lifts. Finally, drones could allow for architects, engineers, and others to monitor job sites, answer questions, and view projects from remote locations anywhere in the world.
In conclusion, the popularity of drones in the roofing industry will only increase, as costs come down and the value provided continues to go up. Cornett Roofing will continue to be on the cutting edge of the drone trend, for the safety of our workers and to provide the best service possible to our clients. The future of drone technology is an exciting and vibrant one, and we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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