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Best Roof Measurement In Virginia

How To Measure A Roof
  • Step 1: How to Calculate Your Roof Square Footage. First, measure the length and width of each surface on the roof, then multiply these values to get the square footage of that surface. …
  • Step 2: How to Determine Your Roof Pitch. …
  • Step 3: Calculating Roof Squares.

How do I calculate the size of my roof?

Multiply your house length by your house width to get the area. (For example, 40 feet x 30 feet = 1,200 square feet.) Next, multiply the area by your roof’s pitch. (1,200 x 1.05 = 1,260 square feet.)

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Square Footage

  1. The first thing you’ll need to measure is the square footage of your roof.
  2. Position your ladder at the corner of one of your roof planes to determine the length.
  3. Extend your measuring tape as far as you can along the length of your roof and mark the area.
  4. Move your ladder down to the next section. Beginning with where you marked the first measurement, measure the next section.
  5. Continue measuring the length of your roof until you’ve covered the entire length area.
  6. Write down the final measurement.
  7. Next, you’ll want to measure the width of your roof plane. (Depending on how high your roof is, you may want to be up on it to take this measurement.)
  8. Use your ladder or your feet to measure the entire width of your roof plane.
  9. Write down the final measurement.
  10. Continue steps 1-9 on each of your roof’s planes.
  11. Multiply the length and width of each plane to get the square footage. Then, add all of your square footage measurements together to get the total square footage of your roof.

Slope

  1. You’ll also need to measure the slope, or angle, of your roof.
  2. To do this, position your ladder near the top point of your roof.
  3. With your measuring tape, measure vertically from the top point to the bottom point of your roof. (This is also called the rise.)
  4. Repeat this over 12 inches, then place the measurement over “12”. (For example: If your rise is 4 inches over 12 inches, then your slope measurement is 4/12.)

Measuring a Roof from the Ground

If you do not feel comfortable climbing onto your roof to take measurements, you can calculate the square footage from the ground. However, know that your measurements will be an estimate and less precise than a on-the-roof measurement. Measuring from the ground usually only works for square or rectangular roofs. If you have an irregular-shaped roof, you will need to measure from the top.

To measure your roof from the ground, use your tape measure to find the length and the width of the home by stretching the tape measure along the exterior walls. If your roof has overhangs, eyeball them and add the approximate length to your measurements.
To estimate the pitch of the roof, go into your attic equipped with a tape measure, pencil, and 18- or 24-inch level. Start by measuring 12 inches from one end of the level and make a mark. Once in the attic, place the level against the bottom of a roof rafter.

Measure vertically from the 12-inch mark to the underside of a rafter. That measurement is the number of inches that your roof rises in 12 inches.

Once you have determined the estimated square footage of your roof, you can proceed in the same way as the first method. This involves dividing your estimate square footage by 100 to determine the amount of materials you will need for your roofing project.

When purchasing materials for your roof, it is a good idea to always buy at least 10 percent more materials than you think you will need to prevent coming up short. Remember, you can always return the materials you do not use to the store.

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How to Do a Roof Inspection With a Drone

A drone is a great tool for assessing roof leaks as it enables you to see hard to reach places and take photographs to show to a builder. An insurance Loss Adjuster will also find drone roof inspection photographs very useful. … The cost of a drone roof inspection is usually considerably cheaper than other methods.

Why do a roof inspection With a Drone ?

To estimate roof repair costs

For professional roof repair services, having to physically climb up a roof is not a problem. However, the risk and effort might not be worth it if they are still in the phase of negotiating prices with the clients. For them to provide an accurate estimate of the costs of roof repair, a roof inspection will be in order. In the hands of a good drone pilot, a camera drone can be used to craft a highly detailed roof inspection report – something that could certainly impress more than a few potential clients.

SAFETY

The fact that drones enable an individual to perform a roof inspection while remaining safely on the ground may be the single greatest advantage of their use. More than 300 people die each year in the United States falling from ladders, and over 150k ladder-related injuries are treated in the emergency room. The use of drones all but eliminates this risk entirely.

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 To confirm insurance claims

When a natural disaster happens, like a tornado or a typhoon, the roof of a home takes the brunt of the punishment. For this reason, homeowners will typically make insurance claims on the roof damage. When this happens, it is up to insurance adjusters to physically visit these homes, assess the damage, and determine a fair insurance claim.

Of course, in such an event, there will probably be multiple homeowners making the same insurance claims. It would be simply impractical for an insurance adjuster to spend the time climbing up each house. With a drone, the inspection of several houses can be done in a single day. Not only do drones make the job safer, but also much more efficient.

EFFICIENCY

Industry studies show utilizing UAVs for inspecting a roof can cut the inspection time down [on average] from three hours to one. For a roofing estimator or an insurance adjuster, this can prove invaluable allowing them to inspect far more properties in a single day with a higher degree of accuracy.

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MANPOWER

Compared to a team of people with ropes and tape measures, generally a single individual is required to inspect a roof. For larger commercial properties a drone pilot may bring along additional VOs (visual observers) to aid in maintaining LOS (line of sight) during the data collection process. Even in this instance, a two-man crew would be completely done before a traditional team even accessed the roof.

Can any drone be used for roof inspections?

The simple answer is no. While there are many great drones, some are better suited for this type of work. In this article, we will highlight the best options for drone roof inspection.

How long does inspection take?

The speed of a drone inspection, from start to finish is amazing and infinitely faster than a manual inspection. Once the basic preparation is done, the inspection can take from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the degree of detail required and the size of the roof.