A roofing revolution could be on the way, thanks to drones, and a North Carolina company hopes to kick off the changes.
The Daily Herald of the Roanoke Valley in North Carolina reports that Loveland Innovations in Pleasant Grove, N.C. is behind major innovation in roofing. According to the newspaper:
“When we founded Loveland Innovations, I saw a tremendous potential for drones and artificial intelligence to revolutionize the roof and property inspection world,” said Jim Loveland, founder and CEO of Loveland Innovations. “As such, we set out to create a new, intuitive solutions to the age-old problem of accurately inspecting properties and buildings. The quick recognition by the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) in rapidly issuing a dozen of our patents is a huge endorsement of the big ideas that let us change the industry.”
Jim Loveland founded the company in 2015 after decades working in the insurance industry. Loveland Innovations harnesses the power of drones to help roofers, solar installers, underwriters, insurers and inspection companies more easily visualize and assess rooftops and structures. He explained that Loveland Innovations’ drone software and inspection platform takes an arcane process and brings it up to speed.
“You’ve got people leaning ladders against roofs, using ropes and harness systems to manually inspect each roof. It’s a cumbersome, dangerous process. It’s absolutely archaic,” Loveland said.
Loveland’s company has collected an impressive 12 patents in the past 18 months. But it’s not the only firm using drones to help change the roofing business.
According to Property Casualty 360:
Today’s drones can perform a roof assessment quickly and accurately, providing real-time data and extensive details. These drones eliminate human error, including bias from an adjuster or inspector, delivering a more transparent and comprehensive analysis of roof conditions with the highest accuracy possible. This systematic, proven approach to inspections puts the customer first with trustworthy information and reliable reports, which leads to a much higher degree of assurance when making decisions and addressing repairs.