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Roof Inspections using telescopic masts and drones


Photo Elevate offers a cost-effective way for checking the condition of roofs on private and commercial buildings. We offer drone and mast roof inspections in Essex and the surrounding areas at very competitive prices. Traditional roof inspection methods are both time-consuming and expensive, however, our drone and mast roof inspections are both effective and efficient. Unlike many other of our competitors within Essex, we offer a same-day turnaround of high-resolution photography and/or video, enabling you to make informed decisions about the condition of your roof and pass the information on for builders quotes or insurance claims, 
Scroll to the bottom of this page for examples of drone roof inspection costs.
We provide some of the best quality roof inspection images in Essex and pride ourselves on being a professional business that can be trusted. Each of the images throughout this page was taken by us on recent roof survey jobs, they demonstrate how close we can safely operate and the extremely high quality of the final images that each of our clients receives.
Get in contact with Photo Elevate on 07757 417066 to book a drone or mast roof survey today.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of drone roof inspections?
Compared to the more traditional methods such as cherry pickers, scaffolding, and ladders.  which not only can be expensive but also involve a large amount of risk assessment and planning to ensure health and safety is not put at risk.
Our drone and mast roof inspections reduce the cost of the inspection significantly, eliminate a wide range of health and safety issues (such as an individual falling) and vastly reduce the time it takes to inspect the condition of the roof or guttering. Our drones and mast use high-resolution cameras which allow us to capture images and video of damaged areas in extremely high detail.
Are you inspecting a property you are planning on purchasing?
Do you need images of the damage for an insurance claim or builder's quote?
Let us help you save time and money.
Roof inspections can be a crucial measure in the long term, by highlighting potential problems much earlier.
Photo Elevate regularly works with the following disciplines:
Building Owners
Insurance Companies
Local Authorities
Main Contractors
Roofing Contractors
What do you capture on an inspection?
Our roof inspections can capture the whole roof or specific areas depending on what you require. If you are aware of a specific area that is a concern, then do let us know so we can ensure we collect additional images. Areas such as guttering, chimneys, and slipped roof tiles are often hotspots for damage during a storm so we do our best to provide prompt and efficient service for every client. The images can then be passed onto a local tradesman with the confidence that you can see for yourself the repairs your roof may require.
Our drone roof inspections commonly provide images of
                                                                 Broken tiles                                                                                        Gutters
                                                                 Fascias/Soffits /frameworks                                                    Ridge tiles
                                                                 Weather damage                                                                             Conservatory's
                                                                 Flashing                                                                                                  Leadwork
                                                                 Asbestos                                                                                               Chimney inspection
                                                                 Stonework                                                                                           Flat roofs
                                                                 Sky-lights                                                                                              Aerials
                                                                 Roof coverings                                                                                   Roof valleys
                                                                 Parapet walls                                                                                      Timber structures
What alternatives are there in areas where drones cannot be used?
Sometimes roofs and buildings can be quite difficult to access, we can fly our camera systems up to 400ft in the air, and fly up to 20 minutes before needing to land for a fresh set of batteries.
Unfortunately, drones are not practical tools to use everywhere, so we also use telescopic mast systems. We have 7 metre, 15 metre, and 30-metre options available which can carry a camera allowing full control from the ground. Poles are often used for both external and internal roof inspections of sensitive or inaccessible areas.
What is the quality of the images or video?
Our drones are able to capture images of survey quality down to a GSD (Ground Sample Distance) of 0.5cm/px when flown at 5m above the roof. This extreme level of detail allows you to zoom in and see cracked/fractured tiles and defects in chimney pointing with ease. When required we also have mast/pole systems available which carry lightweight 24mega pixel cameras with a 30x zoom, great for getting those angles which are not possible by drone and for interior inspections.
When can you do a drone roof inspection?
Drone roof inspections or drone roof surveys can be completed in any daylight hours providing the weather allows. We have wind limitations of around 15mph and our drones cant fly in heavy rain, however, as long as it's safe we can take off with minimal fuss. The time needed to complete a drone roof survey will vary depending on the size of the roof, however, on average we would usually be on site for between 30 minutes and an hour; the drone is in the air typically between 5 and 20 minutes of this time.
For large commercial buildings, this will understandably take longer but an estimated timescale will be discussed at the time of inquiry.
What does a drone roof inspection cost?
Roof inspections of average-sized residential properties cost £250.
Roof inspections of commercial properties cost £300 upwards and are priced based on the size of the roof and the data required.
Call Photo Elevate on 07757 417066 to book a roof survey today.

Storm damage, Roof tiles, drone and mast aerial survey, Essex

Storm Damage
Hopefully, no one in the neighbourhood has suffered storm damage recently.
If you have Photo Elevate can offer roof health checks carried out using telescopic masts or professional drones, to provide details of damage for builders quotes or insurance claims.
This has great savings on cost and safety issues associated with ladders, cherry pickers, and scaffolding.

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