The military has long used drones for surveillance and to take out terrorists, but the roofing industry is getting closer to being able to use drones for commercial purposes.

And roofers aren’t the only companies that will benefit from drone and image capture technologies – farmers, railroads, security services and medical facilities are among the many industries eager to have an eye in the sky.

How the Technology is Used

Drones – also termed unmanned aerial systems or remotely piloted vehicles – offer dozens of commercial applications due to their ability to capture high-resolution video in areas that people and vehicles can’t easily reach.

And the technology is surprisingly affordable; a simple drone set-up including camera can be purchased for less than $1,000. For the roofing industry in particular, drones have several valuable uses, such as: