Buildings Insurance

Drone roof surveys

Over the past 5 years, we have been carrying out more and more drone roof surveys. This is mainly because the cost of drones has come down and we now carry drones with us all the time. Pros and cons of  drone roof surveys: Pros Drone roof surveys enable us to survey the roof without climbing all over it and possibly breaking tiles. We can also get to places on the roof that we cannot reach with ladders. Our health and safety risk is reduced dramatically. Can work out cheaper if scaffolding had been necessary to access the roof. Cons You don’t get to probe the roof to see if anything is loose. You can’t use your weight to get an idea of deflection in a roof. You can’t move things and clean out gullies or valleys whilst on the roof. Conclusion Both drone roof surveys and traditional roof surveys by ladder have their places. We always arrive with a van and ladders and will gain access to a roof by ladder, if we can safely. However, we will revert to doing a drone survey if we cannot. The fact that we now carry drones with us all the time and the cost of the equipment is relatively cheap these days. The [...]


Roof inspections for insurance renewals.

Doing reports on roofs for customers whose insurance companies have asked for a condition report or roof inspections on the flat roof before they will renew the insurance on here property is now becoming a big part of your business. Over the last 4 years, we have gone from doing one a year to 8 a week, so much so that I’m ( Steven Dickinson) now solely doing roof inspections. Not only roof condition surveys but serves on roofs for potential house purchases; people wanting to know if the roof is in good condition before purchasing a house; I’m in a unique position to know only know most of the new legislation on roofs but also to be able to give a good indication on costs so they that can go back to the seller and perhaps negotiate on the asking price. Not only is there a demand for roof inspections or roof reports for insurance and for house purchases, but there is another more upsetting trend developing. Roof Surveyor on ladder surveying a roof Roof inspections and reports of new roofs installed badly Unfortunately, every week, I get calls or emails from potential customers with roofs that have been installed incorrectly and need [...]

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​Flat roof reports for renewing your insurance on your house

When did you last have your flat roof report for insurance? In your insurance renew letter it’s becoming common to be asked if you have a flat roof and when was it last inspected. More and more now, I am receiving phone calls from house owners that require a report on their flat roof to give to the insurance company. We attend the property, gain access to the flat roof and take photos video and measurements and compile a report on the condition of the roof. When doing a flat roof survey for insurance, I mostly find that we can give a good bill of health. We can make recommendations and give our opinion on how long we think the flat roof can last if maintained. If you are interested in a flat roof report for your insurance company or even for your peace of mind, please call or email over your details. If you have any other information such as measurements and photos, then please attach. Generally speaking its good practise having a professional roofer to a yearly or by yearly inspection of your flat roof. After the first year or two of inspections, we can normally fall into a routine as we [...]