Following on from our previous articles where we explained what is a roof inspection and how drones are useful for roof surveys. In this article will explore what you need to look for when choosing a roof inspector by answering the following questions: Do you want a traditional or drone surveying method for a roof inspection? And What do you need to consider when hiring a roof inspector for your business? Keep reading to make sure you hire the best roof inspector to help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!
There are two ways for you to achieve a roof inspection either by hiring someone who uses a traditional roof surveying method or someone who uses a drone surveying method.
Traditional roof surveying methods have been around for years and usually includes the need of scaffolding to reach the roof, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) to access hard-to-reach areas, and so on. Whereas, the drone survey method, a more modern method, uses commercial drones that can be kitted with various types of equipment such as sensors and high-resolution cameras in order to collect data and conduct a deep report of the roof, eliminating human error in calculations and the need for scaffolding and other resources.
Knowing the differences between drones and traditional surveying methods will help you decide which surveying method best suits your needs and to know what to expect when the roof inspection takes place.
Regardless of if you have chosen a traditional method or a drone method to have your roof surveyed, it's extremely important to choose an experienced and legitimate roof inspector. Below we introduce several important points you need to consider when hiring a roof inspector to guarantee you will choose the right one for your business.
One of the most important factors when considering hiring a roof inspector is to make sure they are legitimate. You can verify if the company is legitimate by asking for their business address, business website, tax identification number, phone number, and email address. Also, if you have chosen a drone survey method then ensuring the company has full permission to be operating drones is essential.
Before hiring a roof inspector you should consider getting a quote, quotes should be free as standard to allow you to know the costs of the roof inspection before any work has begun to avoid any unwarranted surprises of additional costs later. Additional costs could be for other services such as: scaffolding arrangement or the removal of debris etc,.
Researching the costs of multiple potential roofing inspectors can give you an understanding of how much it will cost to get a roof inspection. Although lower pricing doesn't always necessarily mean that roof inspectors will do the same job as those priced higher.
A reliable and trustworthy roof inspector will be able to tell you how long the job will take and what will be required in order for the job to get done. If the company cannot give you a specified timeframe or is indecisive then you may want to decide to go elsewhere. It is worthy to note that traditional inspections may take more resources and be more time-consuming compared to inspections conducted using drones.
You may want to get the full details of the roof inspection in writing to know exactly what you will be receiving. A written document detailing the inspection can include things such as: the start and end times, the length of the job, resources that will be used, payment details, and cleaning methods. Having a signed contract or a detailed written document will therefore give you a thorough understanding of the job in its entirety.
Knowing how the roof inspector will access the roof is essential because this could potentially increase costs and add on more time. For instance, hiring a traditional roof inspector, often, includes the need of scaffolding, meaning a scaffolding company will also need to be contacted to supply the scaffolding before any work begins, hence the additional costs and time on the job. Whereas, hiring a technology company to conduct roof inspections with drones can eliminate the need of scaffolding, as they can work safely from the ground, minimise risks, and cover more ground in less time, saving you money instead of adding it.
Another thing to consider is reading the warranty thoroughly to understand the expectations and actions that may void the warranty. This allows you to understand what is covered if anything goes wrong.
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