FAA Approves Drones for Roofing Inspections

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.

Sheriff Warns of Roofing Scams

The Midwest sees its fair share of roofing scams, especially during hail season. Hail can be one of the most damaging weather events to occur. Not only can it damage or destroy roofs, it can break windows, crack siding and injure people caught in its wrath. In Garfield County, Oklahoma, the County Sheriff, Jerry Niles, is warning residents of fly-by-night roofers coming into town that could potentially scam homeowners.

These fly-by-night roofers come into town, trailing a storm. They know when damage is coming and they set up shop so that they can offer what seems like great prices for a better deal. Truth be told, these roofers aren’t always what they appear to be. They are happy to take a full payment upfront, start work and then they leave you hanging, leaving town before you realize what’s happened.

That’s why Sheriff Niles is warning Garfield County residents about these types of roofing scams. His department was warned by residents who were almost scammed by a series of trucks and vehicles working for Gorman’s Roofing or B. Gorman, which was emblazoned on the vehicles driving around town.

If you have roof damage or need a replacement, contact a local roofer. Don’t rely on out of town roofers to do the job for you. While some of these roofers are legitimate, why would you want to support someone who isn’t bringing money into your local economy? While the price might sound too good to be true, it probably is. This is why working with a local roofer can save you money long run.

When working with a local roofer, they can address any issues that come up long after the roof has been installed. They can also warranty your roof in the event something happens. Out of town roofers can’t do that, or won’t do that, which can cause issues down the road if something happens to your roof. You’ll have to pay another roof to come out, check it out and fix it on your behalf.

Denver Construction Market in Upswing

Roofing is one of the most competitive markets in Denver and the Front Range region. Whether you need your roof repaired or replaced, finding a roofer in Denver isn’t hard to do. There’s signs up in lawns across the city, you’ll find door hangers when you come after a long day’s work and after a hailstorm, they’ll even come a knocking on your door.

The 2014 roofing season has been particularly busy for Denver roofers because of the abundance of hailstorms and rain in the spring and summer months. On par with the rest of the nation, overall construction costs – including roofing – are on the rise in Denver after finally catching up with the rest of the nation from 2013’s dismal numbers.

Denver is one of the nation’s leading markets for new apartment complexes and building projects. As many contractors are looking to make their mark in Denver, we’re seeing a skyrocket of construction projects ranging from new development to improvements. Many apartment complexes in particular are turning hands as companies out of state are investing in the Denver market, buying out older complexes to renovate and improve upon.

With the recent storms in the Colorado and Midwest region, hailstorm chasers are on the prowl. They’re looking to repair or replace your roof whether you need it or not. While some roofs legitimately need to be replaced or repaired after a hailstorm, it’s important to ensure you’re not being duped even if it seems like you may need the job done. As the upswing in construction in the Denver area is being seen in all markets and construction types, it’s important to stay on top of the trends and scams out there to avoid being duped.

Whether you need your roof repaired or replaced, adding an addition to your home or having some sort of other project done at home or at work, you want to find the best contractor possible to get it completed. Make sure to ask question, get the best timeline and be prepared to deal with in-state and out of state contractors. Denver’s construction boom is a good and bad thing and with a little bit of good luck, you can get the best contractor for your next project.

Front Range Sees Roofing Summer

If you live in Denver, you know how crazy this summer has been. 2014 has seen more thunderstorms, hailstorms, and bad weather than recent years. While winter was unusually mild for those in the Colorado area, summer has been anything but with thunderstorms and tornados every afternoon. While this is also a common occurrence during the summer in the Midwest, for Colorado and the Front Range, it seems like there’s hail every other day. Here’s how to avoid storm chasers during this time.

Storm chasers pop up all over the country in the roofing industry. After a big storm, they’ll go door-to-door with questionable tactics and scaring you into thinking you need your roof repaired or replaced when you don’t. While hail is very damaging to your room and can cause the need for repair or replacement, that’s not always the case. After a severe hailstorm, you should have your roof checked by a professional to ensure you’re not suffering from any issues.

Once your roof is checked out, it’s important to know the facts. Hail damage can cause lasting issues that lead to your needing a roof completely replaced. If it’s relatively minor damage, a quick repair can prevent that from happening. The problem is that many hailstorm chasers will try and convince you to get a full-on roof replacement after a hailstorm when you don’t actually need one. It’s important to know the difference between a repair and replacement, especially when it’s being pitched to you on your doorstep.

Not all roofers are storm chasers, especially the local ones. When the storms roll into town, make sure you’re choosing a roofer you can trust. A respectable roofer, especially in the Denver area, will ensure you have all the facts before you sign on the dotted line. Storm chasers are counting on you being worried about your roof enough to make a foolish decision and have you roof replaced or repaired when it doesn’t need to be.

Storm chasers in the Front Range are out in full force. Don’t get fooled by these scam artists and choose a roofer you can count on.

2015 International Roofing Expo

The 2015 International Roofing Expo, taking place out of New Orleans, Louisiana, will take place February 24 through 25, 2015. On the day before the expo starts, those attending will join together to take part in a community service day helping to rebuild homes for the needy. This is the fifth year the expo will take part in this service day which is a great way to kick off the weekend’s events.

New Orleans is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and this is a great way for the expo participants to give back to its host city. All types of volunteers are needed from those will technical skills to those without. Even if someone thinks they can’t volunteer, chances are they can find a way to help out or be supportive during the community service day. If you’re interested in volunteering for this event and will be in town, contact the expo to find out how to sign up and get the details you need to participate.

The International Roofing Expo has teamed up with Rebuilding Together New Orleans to make this community service day possible before the convention. The expo itself will take place at the Morial Convention Center, giving roofing companies and contractors of all sizes the opportunity to learn more about the industry, network and talk shop. Residential and commercial roofing companies alike can benefit from the weekend in Louisiana.

Roofing events, conventions and get togethers can help make the residential and commercial roofing industries better. Not only can you find out the ups and downs of the industry and what roofers are doing to combat it, you can swap stories, techniques, talk about permits, insurance and everything in between. By learning from one another at an expo like this, along with giving back to the community, you can be a better roofer and roofing company or contractor.

If you’re attending the International Roofing Expo, we’d love to hear your thoughts on whether or not events like this can help make the roofing industry as a whole better. Comment and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.