Interstate Roof Systems Consultants Inc.​ (IRSC), a national roofing consultant with offices in three states, has added a high-tech drone with infrared thermography capabilities to its stable of diagnostic tools, expediting the collection of detailed information for customers to help them make decisions about roof maintenance.

The new DJI Inspire 1 drone with a Flir Zenmuse XT infrared camera can reduce the time for a roof assessment by 50 percent. The agile craft also has access to angles and perspectives not available via standard inspection techniques, allowing more detailed assessments than ever before.

Two IRSC roofing technicians completed an FAA certification process to secure unmanned aircraft pilot’s licenses, a legal requirement to use the drone and put its extensive capabilities to work for customers. The drone technology tremendously enhances project safety, as workers don’t have to navigate rooftop obstacles, dangerous pitches or inclement weather.

“Our new drone technology creates access to roofs that are typically out of reach or extremely costly to access, ones that often require expensive lifts or a crane with a man-basket,” said David Velcheck, President of IRSC. “Our technicians can safely cover a large area of roof with a drone and focus on areas that need immediate attention, which the drone’s infrared thermography quickly identifies. This drone capability saves our clients time, money and worry by being able to pinpoint damaged roof section(s) that trigger water leaks, interrupting day-to-day business or, worse, creating health hazards to their people.”

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