Drone Roof Survey and Inspections

A cost effective, quick solution for diagnosing roof problems. Using a drone is a quick and cost effective solution when investigating roof leaks and roof defects.

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CAA Approved

EC 785/2004 Compliant Insurance

Insured with £1 million Public Liability Insurance

Types of Surveys

Investigative, diagnostic surveys for roofs, chimneys, flashings, guttering and general condition surveys.

Drone Survey Areas

We cover London and the Home Counties.

Benefits of a drone roof survey or building survey.

There are numerous benefits to using a drone when trying to establish the cause of problems on a roof. These include, but are not limited to;

Minimal disruption to users of a building | No scaffolding | Quick turnaround from instruction with fast results | Low cost in comparison to traditional survey methods | Health and Safety Benefits (less risk) | High-resolution video and photographic footage for future reference

We can also provide detailed expert survey reports from our partner company, Silver Grey Chartered Surveyors, a RICS regulated firm. The report will utilise the footage we have taken during the survey.

FAQs on Drone Roof Survey and Inspections

What are the benefits of a drone survey?

Compared to traditional methods of surveying defects and conditions of roofs and buildings, drone surveys are quicker, cost-effective and far less disruptive. Prior to using drones, defects at roof level required scaffolding to be erected just for diagnostic purposes. This increased the time, cost and disruption caused to owners and users of the property alike.

By using state of the art drones equipped with high-quality zoom cameras, difficult areas of a building can be surveyed easily and safely, with high-quality footage enabling detailed analysis both on-site, and at the desktop when a more considered approach may be needed to completely understand the true cause of a defect.

How long does a drone survey take?

The actual survey itself takes about an hour, and there are strict procedures to follow in relation to the actual time the survey can take place. However, there are certain pre-flight permissions to seek and paperwork to complete before the actual flight takes place. Our fixed fee price will allow for all of this to ensure full compliance with the relevant authorities is obtained prior to the flight taking place.

What type of footage is taken?

We will take both aerial videos and photos of the relevant areas. High resolution coloured digital photos and 4k video (if needed) are included. You will receive a link to all footage for you to download and keep for future reference.

Do I just get videos and photos, or do I get further advice?

The choice is yours. Some clients wish to have the footage passed on to themselves for their own analysis. If desired, we can obtain an expert detailed report from a Chartered Surveyor that accompanies the footage we take. We are partners with Silver Grey Chartered Surveyors, a RICS regulated firm that can compile a report for you if you wish.

How much does a drone survey cost?

Prices start from £495 + VAT.

Are the drone pilots qualified?

Yes, all our drone pilots are fully qualified for commercial drone flights, and we comply fully with all requirements that the regulatory authorities insist on. We are also fully insured.

Will the weather affect when a survey can take place?

As with any form of flight, the weather plays a big part. For drone surveys, the weather has to be dry and the conditions calm. Rainy and windy weather are not suitable conditions for a successful and safe drone survey. Survey dates are subject to change depending on the weather conditions.

What are the Health & Safety benefits?

Less physical manual inspections at a high level mean less risk of injury, it’s as simple as that. Dangerous structures may not always be apparent at first glance, so analysis of high-quality footage before physically stepping onto a roof or a structure at a high level will enable a thorough risk analysis and method statement to be carried out.