Drones are in the news just about every day now. Good news, bad news and public opinion are driving what drones do. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has fought with Amazon.com, delivery services and private citizens who want to use drones daily. Now, AIG, one of the biggest insurance companies in the world, has received FAA approval to replace human roof inspectors with drones. Let’s look at what this means for roof inspections and more.
FAA Approval for Roof Inspections by Drone
By allowing AIG to start relying on drones to do roof inspections, this will cut down on time, money and the man power to get them done in a timely fashion. AIG isn’t the only insurance company to get approval from the FAA, State Farm and USAA also have the same exemption on the books.
AIG is the first to truly push through and get approval to do inspections this way. While they will need to provide drones and training, by inspecting roofs with drones they’re saving time and money. They’re also providing a safer option for inspectors who may not find it safe to get up on all roofs, are afraid of heights or have other issues that prevent them from checking on a customer’s roof. This makes it easier for customers to quickly get insurance feedback on their roof so they can get it fixed or replaced, especially after a storm.
If you’ve ever had a roof inspection on your home, you know it can take time, energy and effort from both you and your roofer. You often wait for a city official to come out, after scheduling an inspection, and sometimes they show up on time and sometimes they’re a no show. This can cause issues with buying or closing a house or just be a frustration after a roof repair or replacement. This seems to be the next step for drone approval and roofing. Only time will tell when it begins to happen.