PROPERTY & BUILDING INSPECTIONS
West Coast Drones’ experienced operator is professionally certified to fly above and near homes, commercial buildings, and other structures. We can safely inspect the entirety of your building envelope without risking any damage, eliminating the need for on-site inspection.
In the past, performing a comprehensive building inspection could take hours or even days, and assembling the findings for final presentation could take weeks. But drone technology now allows operators to completely survey even a very large building in under an hour.
BENEFITS OF DRONE INSPECTIONS
The use of drones equipped with cameras and thermal sensors allows us to identify building issues difficult to detect with the naked eye.
West Coast Drones can survey the walls and roof of your building with sophisticated cameras and optical sensors in order to detect a variety of issues, including:
- Early signs of damage, degradation, and cracking
- Water intrusion or accumulation
- Metal fatigue, corrosion, and rusting
- Damage or deterioration of roofing materials
- Heat leakages responsible for increased heating and cooling costs
Thermal sensors designed for drone use, while lightweight, are extremely sensitive and can detect temperature variations of 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.3 degrees Celsius). This means that we can look beyond the surfaces of walls and roofs and see problems invisible to the eye.
Our thermal camera-equipped drones are particularly well suited for detecting thermal bridges, which indicate heat transfers through building materials. Thermal bridging is typically caused by insulation degradation, the failure of façade materials, water intrusion, or poor quality construction.
Issues such as these can worsen for a long time, even years, before they become visibly obvious. By the time they are detected, the necessary repairs can cost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. But drones can detect these problems early, minimizing repair costs.
Drone surveying is an inexpensive, low-impact way of evaluating the need for preventative maintenance.
Too often, building owners put off building inspections because of concerns such as cost, safety, and downtime. But drone surveying counters all of these concerns and more. We can perform a full building inspection in a fraction of the time that it would take an inspector on the ground to gather far less data. In addition, drone inspections eliminate the need for costly and/or risky scaffolding, lifts, and ladders, and also avoid potential damage to fragile roofing materials.
In recent years, some building inspectors have begun using manned aircraft, such as helicopters outfitted with cameras and sensor arrays, to gather data. However, the FAA requires such aircraft in “congested areas” to maintain an altitude of at least 1,000 feet over the highest obstacle within 2,000 feet. This means that the quality of the photographic and sensor data gathered via such means is of a very low resolution and quality.
In contrast, unmanned drones can fly at extremely low altitudes in close proximity to buildings, allowing us to gather extremely high quality images and video using ultra-high resolution cameras and thermal imaging systems. At the same time, you enjoy the safety benefits of not having an inspector physically perform an inspection on-site.
Once we have finished gathering data, we can generate detailed photos, thermal maps, and even 3D models that make it simple and convenient to identify any problem areas. This data includes detailed measurements, giving you the information you need to have in-house personnel or contractors make the repairs necessary to ensure the continued safe, energy efficient use of your building.