To close out this year’s Best of Success conference, Joshua Barnett presented attendees with the latest on a topic of growing interest among many roofing contractors — drones. Barnett, president and co-founder of Drone Dispatch, is an expert in the commercial drone space and seeks to help roofing contractors integrate this technology into their businesses. He kicked off his presentation with four things that drones can do for roofing contractors: save time, save money, reduce risk and provide utility. He explained that after every drone mission, the company provides customers with photos and videos of the property which can subsequently be used for marketing and other purposes. Drones also have low maintenance costs, provide faster inspections and they eliminate the liability of workers on the ground.
“There’s a unique double-edged approach whenever you’re working with drones where you’re always having these opportunities to stack benefits simultaneously in a single operation,” he said. Barnett described the different types of drones available on the market and provided the pros and cons for each drone type, such as which perform better in high winds and tight spaces, and the differences in flight durations.
There are a great deal of regulations to be aware of when using drones, he explained, such as registering them for commercial operations, and limiting said operations to below 400 feet. Barnett explained that drone technology is always changing, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with.
“Drones are like cell phones these days. Every six months there’s a new drone that is making the previous one obsolete,” he said.