Drones aren’t just ideal for taking in the scenery; they’re an invaluable tool for developers, builders, architects, roofers, and industry investors to figure out exactly what they’re working with.

Using drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), to carry out building or roof surveys is a smart choice that more professionals are starting to make. Drone surveys are also perfect for inspecting gutter conditions, making structural assessments, diagnosing defects, monitoring project progress, and carrying out measured surveys.

Compared to more traditional, ground-based survey methods, the results you can achieve with drone photography are a class above. It can save you time, money, and (in some cases) it can reduce risk to life.

Secure incredible results with a drone survey

Whatever you’re surveying, drones offer greater flexibility and access opportunity than ground-based surveys.

They’re a game-changer for developers or architects looking to refurbish dilapidated, damaged, or dangerous properties or sites, particularly if there are no safe survey points.

Unlike a traditional survey, where you’re relying on the insight of a select number of observers, a drone survey produces high-res, highly detailed imagery and footage for you and your team to review indefinitely.

Image from a drone roof survey conducted in a residential area earlier this year.

Roof and building surveys by drone save you time

A drone survey typically can take anything from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on the scale of the project. From receiving an outline of your survey needs to processing the captured footage, most drone surveys fall neatly within a half-day’s work.

When you compare this to the amount of time it takes to build a suitable scaffold, secure strap ladders, or hire a cherry-picker, the value of a drone survey starts to become more apparent. And when you’re only coordinating a single professional rather than a diverse team of tradespeople over a number of days, you’re saving hours of admin.

Building surveys completed by drones ensure that you capture smaller details and the big picture. Ground-based survey methods would struggle to capture an image like this building in Birkenhead

The time it takes to go from speculative quote to locked-down project is crucial for many professionals. A drone survey can pinpoint problem areas and find out exactly what you need to know, allowing you to flesh out a quote quickly and get that pitch in the bag.

Drone surveys save your project money

A drone survey is an investment up top, but it’s one that’s most likely going to save you money in the long run. It’s a cost effective way of surveying buildings, chimneys, spires, towers, or any significant site or structure.

From the cost of hiring scaffolding or a cherry-picker to the day rates that you may be paying trade professionals to facilitate the survey, the costs soon add up. As drone surveys cover wider areas in less time, you can rest assured that you won’t be spending £1,000s just to identify a small, isolated area of concern.

As previously mentioned, once you have the images and/or footage from your survey, you won’t need to return to carry out further inspections. If you need insight from more than one expert to make a decision or you’d like to secure a second opinion, there’s no need to dust off the strapped ladders or incur any further expense.

Aerial surveys reduce risk to staff

Finally, depending on your project, the building or structure that needs surveying could be dangerous. Ground-based surveys that required professionals to traverse unstable ground or put their safety at risk are now, thankfully, a thing of the past.

It’s not just about the safety of on-site staff. Delicate, listed or otherwise valuable buildings can be easily damaged by physical inspections or surveys. Strapping ladders to an unstable wall is not going to be doing your potential investment or project any good.

An aerial drone survey of a building or roof can ensure you people making assessments aren’t put at risk. I wouldn’t want to put my foot through a hole like this one, for example!

Dangerous or structurally unsound buildings are quite common. I recently supported a client with a roof survey where the roof was damaged – in part because of a strange habit of the local seagull population. They routinely brought cockles from the nearby shore and dropped them from a height onto the roof in order to break them open. There were so many holes that there’d be reports of people inside being pelted by falling cockles!

While the seagulls were most unimpressed by my drone’s short visit to their air space, I was able to pilot the drone higher and accurately photograph the site from afar.

If you’d like to spend less time and money to receive a better result when it comes to your roof or building survey, drop me a line to explore how Midlands Drone could support your project or business.