You should start measuring by printing out a top view of your home. To do this, simply line up your house and click on the top corner to print.
- Frame your home back to the top shot. NOTE: You’ll want to be directly above and zoomed in as much as possible.
- Click the ruler icon on the left side of your screen.
- Switch the unit of measurement to feet.
- Click on a starting and stopping point, and you’ll get an estimated measure of distance.
- Start logging in your measurements.
When complete, you’ll have a general idea of the size of your roof to send to a metal roofing supplier for an estimate.
Google Earth also offers a perimeter for the shape of the area that you can use to measure out the edges or area of a lawn, fencing, yard, the roof and more. As long as you keep in mind that these are only the most basic of guidelines, you’re going to be okay in your calculations. Since you’re using Google you’ll have to factor in any changes that may have been made since the satellite pictures have been taken and remember that the slightest changes may not be yet showing on your pictures.
Once you have a basic starting point you can go from there and make the necessary adjustments to have an accurate reading of the roof shape and size and factor in any other necessary adjustments that need to be made on your calculation.
What is Google Earth Pro?
Google Earth Pro is a desktop application originally designed to let you “travel the world without ever leaving your seat.” It allows you to experience both aerial and drilled-down street views of 3D cities through your web browser. Intended for touring and map building, it lets you import and export GIS data and view locations captured across various points of their history. As our valuation experts discovered, these very features can also be extremely useful for gathering and confirming property details needed for a statement of values analysis, virtual valuation and more — particularly when travel and access to sites are limited.