Don’t invest in a new building or home until you’ve had a roof inspection. You don’t want to buy a building or home with a damaged roof, then find yourself with a pile of bills to repair leaks and structural damage.

One of the latest technologies inspectors use often to evaluate a roof is a drone.

But roofing contractors perform this important task differently, preferring a hands-on examination. Can you trust a drone inspection? Or should you hire a roofing contractor instead?

How Roof Inspections Work with a Drone

Many home inspectors today don’t actually get up on the roof to check its condition. And many of those who do climb up may stay on the ladder and look at the roof from there. The high cost of liability insurance is the most common reason cited for this worrisome trend.

So to avoid injury to the inspector — and to prevent damage to the building — many roof inspections are performed with a drone.

How does that work? A drone pilot flies a helicopter-like machine, that’s outfitted with a camera. The drone can be adjusted to view different angles, and it can hover to zoom in on selected areas on the roof. As the drone flies, it takes photographs and videos to allow the inspector to evaluate the roof’s condition.

How Roof Inspections Work with a Professional Roofing Contractor

A professional contractor doesn’t rely on drone photos or videos to determine the structural integrity of your roof.

Roofing contractors actually climb up on the roof to look at the roofing materials, underlayment and, if applicable, the roof decking itself.

During a professional roof inspection, the contractor also evaluates the condition of the flashing around the chimneys and vents as well as the soundness of the rain gutters, drains and downspouts. He also examines the deck and structural supports from the attic side.

Professional Roof Inspection vs. a Drone Inspection

A drone inspection gives results that are easy for inspectors to review. And pictures or videos often speak louder than words. With a drone inspection, buyers and sellers can see any roof damage for themselves.

That said, relying on a drone service may not be the best plan. Overhead photos cannot adequately assess any underlayment or deck issues, nor can drones check from inside for water damage or structural support problems.

A roofing contractor will perform a much more in-depth analysis of the roof, manually testing the strength and flexibility of the shingles or tiles as well the other materials. Drone pictures can let you see the rooftop, but only a professional roof inspection will provide you a clear view of the structure’s condition.

Property buyers and sellers throughout Southern California trust our experts for professional roof inspections. To schedule yours, contact us today.