Eye in the sky: the rising role of drones in roofing

THE use of drones in the roofing sector is surging – and it’s not difficult to see why.

The technology is ideally placed to reach difficult-to-access areas of buildings or rooftops and help diagnose faults or provide vital information without a scaffold or ladder in sight.

The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) recently launched new guidance for commercial drone operation for its members. The trade body has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (ARPAS) in a bid to ensure the use of drone technology is safe and legal.

“Roofing is defined by risk and that risk is falling off buildings or scaffold,” Mike Wharton, head of membership and commercial services at the NFRC told Project Scotland. “If you can employ a piece of technology to do the heavy lifting for you and to mitigate that risk, then that is something that’s of great interest to us, particularly in light of the rapid increase in drone technology.”

Mike explained that the new guidance for commercial drone use aims to inform its membership about the safe and correct operation of and the legal compliance involved with drone technology.

“ARPAS is the fastest growing organisation of its kind, which has a real thrust on the training side of things and the meeting of legislation. That’s the ultimate reason we chose them because we felt they were demonstrating a strong ethic in terms of where the industry is going and really representing that industry, particularly the training companies involved in drone piloting.”

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