State law allows home inspectors to avoid walking any roof that they deem to be unsafe. While many home inspectors are reasonable in their estimation of potential safety hazards, some old school home inspectors will actually inspect regular one story roofs with a pair of binoculars from the curb. While it is important for the home inspector to be able to make this determination, simply disclaiming the roof (or inspecting it with binoculars) can leave clients without a clear, well documented inspection report — something that will put them at a disadvantage.
At Nonprofit Home Inspections, our mission-driven home inspectors strive to go above and beyond for our clients. If a roof truly is inaccessible because of safety reasons (height, slope, ice, etc.) or is constructed with sensitive roofing materials that can be easily damaged (tile, slate, shake, etc.), we can provide our clients with an Aerial Roof Inspection for no additional charge.
Drone Roof Inspections
In order to legally conduct roof inspections with a drone, home inspectors must obtain Remote Pilot Certification for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA’s Remote Pilot License is difficult to obtain, but is absolutely required for use of a drone in any commercial field like home inspections.
Once our inspectors have received their FAA Remote Pilot License, we outfit them with professional grade drones that include high definition cameras and obstacle avoidance sensors. With some of the best equipment and training available, we can efficiently and legally inspect roofs that other home inspection companies would disclaim as inaccessible.
Aerial Pole Cameras
In some instances, the use of a remote pole mounted camera is the best option for visually inspecting the condition of a roof. This includes instances where walking the roof would be excessively dangerous because of the roof height, slope, weather conditions, or roofing material. In such instances, all of our inspectors are equipped with remote pole mounted cameras that can document roofs up to three stories high. Our custom pole mounted cameras use wireless high definition cameras that instantly deliver detailed images to the inspector both for on-site evaluation and to share with our clients. This equipment gives our home inspectors a unique birds-eye view of the entire surface of the roof.
Birds-eye view of roof.
In addition to helping our inspectors get up close and personal with the roof remotely, our pole cameras are a great option when drones cannot be operated because of flight restrictions and airports. Pole cameras and drones are also great for finding defects with gutters, chimneys, flashing, and other roofing components. Having multiple high tech options to visually inspect and document your roof is yet another benefit that puts us heads and shoulders above the competition.
If you would like to learn more about our inspection services or need to schedule a home inspection, please visit our scheduling page for more information.