Using a drone to survey a roof is a very cost effective and safe way of solving a potential high rise problem. No need to risk someone’s life on a high ladder. No need to hire scaffolding that can be prohibitively expensive and take an age to arrive. No need to hire a cherry picker.
What does a drone roof survey cost?
Costs will normally range from £95 to £500+ dependent on what type of survey is required.
Types of drone roof surveys
> High resolution images of a problem area – is the top of the chimney pot missing? Is there a birds nest clogging up the guttering? Is there a loose tile?
> High quality video of a problem area – HD 1080p or 4K UHD.
> High resolution images or high quality video of the roof as a whole.
What type of images or videos can the drone produce?
The drone will shoot high resolution images or videos – the latter being either HD 1080p or 4K UHD – and the consumer or expert can then determine the type of problem or condition of the roof accurately.
> Images are normally 12 – 20mp. Multiple images can be produced quickly.
> Videos are HD 1080p or 4K UHD – the drone will normally shoot 20 – 30 individual videos and these are sent either separately or as an edited video to the client. Music, description and branding can be added. Frame-rates are altered to suit the conditions.
Differences between HD and 4K
4K UHD (ultra high definition) has a considerably higher resolution rate than HD (1080p HD). 4K resolution is exactly 3840 x 2160 pixels whilst 1080p is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Consequently videos shot at 4K will be sharper than those shot in 1080p HD – but the consumer will need better PC equipment to be able to play 4K UHD.
Advantages of using a drone for a roof survey
> No need for scaffolding – this can quite often cost £1000s and take a while to arrive leaving the consumer with the continuing problem.
> No need to hire a cherry picker – this can cost even more and again it can take some time.
> No need to risk someone’s life on a high ladder.
> Using a drone the job can be completed quickly (within days).
> The consumer also gets their results quickly – in a matter of days rather than potentially weeks or months.
What licence does a commercial remote drone pilot need?
The current licence that all commercial drone pilots must hold is a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations). This is issued by the CAA after the remote pilot has achieved a pass at a licensed Training Organisation. This licence is renewed by the CAA on a yearly basis, provided that the pilot has met renewal criteria.
The remote pilot must have valid insurance and will be able to show a copy of this to the consumer. As with all drones the operator must also have a valid registration for their drones.
What is the CAA dronecode?
The remote pilot is expected to adhere to the CAA dronecode at all times. The basic rules are:
> Don’t fly near airports without first gaining their permission. This applies to an area 5km from the centre of the airport and along extended runway centrelines.
> Don’t fly above 400ft.
> Don’t fly within 50m (30m for take off) of persons, vehicles or buildings that are not under your control.
> Always fly with your drone in sight.
> Do not fly near aircraft.
Why use Man with a Drone?
As technology improves, drones are becoming more widely available and as such the consumer will be faced with a wide range of options, services and prices. It is important to hire a commercially trained remote drone pilot, like Man with a Drone, who will have a commercial licence, insurance and the skill to provide the best quality results whilst maintaining the appropriate safety rules (including the CAA Dronecode).
At Man with a Drone we always pitch our price at the lower end of the pricing in order to be competitive. Although we are based in West Sussex we are happy to travel anywhere – East Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, the London area – in fact anywhere in the UK.