By Nick

October 22, 2020

aerial photography, roof inspections, roof surveys

Drone Roof Survey in Sherborne High Street 

This building on Sherborne's Cheap Street needed a drone roof survey for renovation work. A problem was spotted and a lot of money saved simply using a drone. 

Drone Roof Survey Sherborne High Street

A drone roof survey or inspection is a fast and cost-effective way of finding loose or broken tiles, crumbling brickwork on chimneys, blocked guttering or even bird's nests. A drone can be up and finished in 30 minutes for a relatively small property. Compared to expensive scaffolding, developers, builders and homeowners can save thousands.

Using Drones to Find Loose Tiles

As you can see in the image above, within minutes of our drone taking photos over the roof of this large property in Sherborne's high street, a potentially serious issue was found. Note that the loose tile (highlighted) is right over the public path below. This could be a real issue if not addressed right away.

Safety First

Obviously with any flight in a built up area such as this, all safety protocols were followed. We had done pre-flight checks and all necessary risk assessments plus the local police were informed. We had a "spotter" on the street below watching the drone and making passers-by aware of the flight above.

All of the work I undertake is done so within the strict CAA guidelines. This makes my job that much easier, more enjoyable and with minimal fuss to the public and properties nearby.

Cost Savings

The cost of the alternative, i.e. scaffolding, can be very expensive in comparison. Prices could go into the thousands if you don't know the problematic area for a full roof inspection.

By booking a drone roof inspection first, you can establish any areas that need attention and then arrange scaffolding for just that area saving a lot of money. For example, a recent drone roof survey I did highlighted problems with growth in the gutters and nothing else.

This means you can just put the scaffolding up where it is needed and not the entire property! Therefore, using a drone for a quick and low cost roof inspection can save you thousands in the long run.

Hire Me

I have done roof inspections for properties ranging from sea front guest houses to huge council offices and banks. I have even inspected the "roof" of a stately home that had been completely burnt out. The roof was no longer there and I had to fly the drone inside the property from above to inspect the walls (see below).

If you would like to hire me for a drone roof inspection in Dorset or the South of England, please get in touch for a quote. My prices start at £150 for photographing the roof of an average sized, local house.

Burned Out Roof of Parnham House
About the author

Nick Stubbs is a professional photographer, filmmaker and drone pilot with over 35 years experience in the imaging business. Still as passionate about his work as he was aged 13. Married with two kids and living in the beautiful town of Weymouth in Dorset.

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