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.

How to Perform a Roof Self-Check

With spring around the corner, performing a roof self-check is more important than ever. During the winter, ice, sleet, snow and wind can cause issues with your roof you may not notice until the weather is warmer. While you can always contact a roofer, like Roofcorp, to come out and inspect your roof, this will often cost you money if no damage is found and a quote isn’t made. That’s why performing a roof self-check is the easiest way to find out if you need a roofer in the first place.

Performing a Roof Self-Check

Roof inspections and self-checks are a type of preventative maintenance for your roof. It’s something that should be done after any major storm or suspected damage or leaks. You can do a roof self-check from the ground with a pair of binoculars if getting up on the roof proves cumbersome, too.

You can perform a simple roof self-check yourself before calling in the professionals by looking for the following on your roof:

  • Look for cracks, cracked caulk or rust spots
  • Identify shingles that are blistering, buckling or curling
  • Locate any missing shingles
  • Look for moss, lichen or any growths on, under or around shingles
  • Find colored grit or pieces of shingles in your gutters

Any of the above or a combination of issues can indicate that your roof needs a proper inspection. Luckily, Roofcorp can help. We offer a prompt, free roof estimate where we get on your roof, do a thorough inspection and draft up a bid on what it would cost to repair or replace your roof. From there, you can make the decision on what steps to take next.

Depending on the scope of the damage and how old the roof is, your insurance company may be able to help and we can walk you through the process, too. By performing roof self-checks throughout the year, you can prevent further damage to your roof caused by age, weather and the sun. You’d be surprised by how many roofing issues you can avoid by performing a roof self-check and we encourage you to do one today.