Roof Inspections Get Tech Savvy

Many homes and businesses are affected by severe weather-related events. Often, claim inspections and settlements for policyholders following catastrophes do take time. Roofs are an exterior feature that often need replacing after a such disasters. And with new, more advanced technology now emerging, roof inspections are becoming easier than ever for companies like Paul Davis. Today, roof inspections are still reliable through a detailed walking of a suspected damaged roof. In some cases emerging drone technology, or an all-new aerial spherical camera system can also be highly effective in damage evaluations.

Adjusters typically inspect a roof for signs of damage and usually are brought in after a weather catastrophe such as hurricanes or hail. An adjuster knows exactly what to look for when it comes to weather-related damage and will write up a report or estimate that details how much it will cost to fix the damage.

Another highly reliable way to inspect roofs today is with drones. Drones have been providing Paul Davis with roof inspection technology for several years. While there are FAA restrictions and certification requirements for its use, drones provide roof inspectors with a good overall picture of roof damage that allows roof inspections to be faster and more efficient, especially in areas where there was a large amount of impact—such as a home subdivision or commercial area. However, the increasing military scrutiny and danger drones pose to airline carriers has made the technology somewhat less available.

Most recently, an all-new spherical camera system provided by PanoTech Solutions, Inc. has proven to be a good solution. It is currently available exclusively through some Paul Davis restoration contractors. This technology expedites and improves structural and rooftop photographic views for insurance claims processing. Providing dramatic, high resolution virtual reality imagery, these cameras allow adjusters to carefully inspect every inch of damage to the roof from any location as if adjusters were at the site. Offering significant savings compared to adjuster’s visual inspections, this camera system is certainly making a big difference in claim settlement solutions. Up to 30 roofs per day can be processed by a single inspector using the system making the camera system a huge success. (Most recently on a Long Island, New York situation.) Canada is expected to also adopt this technology soon, especially given the unusual weather patterns this year.
In the aftermath of a major disaster that may cause catastrophic loss, Paul Davis professionals are available 24/7 to provide emergency restoration services for clean-up and repair. With widespread damage occurs much at stake. This is no time for second best™.