Drone Roof Inspection Market

Drone Roof Inspection Market Analysis By Type (Fixed, Rotary and Hybrid Wing), By Operation Mode (Remotely Piloted, Optionally Piloted, Fully Autonomous), By End User (Residential, Commercial), and Region- Global Market Insights 2023 to 2033

Analysis of Drone Roof Inspection Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Drone Roof Inspection Market Outlook (2023-2033)

The global drone roof inspection market is set to enjoy a valuation of US$ 171 million in 2023 and further expand at a CAGR of 14.2% to reach US$ 645.3 million by the end of 2033.

In 2023, the global drone services market is estimated to be valued around US$ 6.6 billion, while the drone inspection service market will be valued at US$ 2.0 billion. Drone roof inspection is one of the prominent segment in revenue generation from drone inspection services, wherein services for drone roof inspection accounted for nearly 8.6% share of the global drone inspection service market at the end of 2023.

Report Attributes


Market Size (2022A)

US$ 146.8 Million

Estimated Market Value (2023E)

US$ 171 Million

Forecasted Market Value (2033F)

US$ 645.3 Million

Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)

14.2% CAGR

North America Market Share (2023)

~ 29.2%

North America Market Value (US$ Mn), 2023

US$ 50 Million

Europe Market Share (%), 2023


Europe Market Value (US$ Mn), 2023

US$ 55 Million

China Market Share (%), 2023


China Market Value (US$ Mn), 2023

US$ 19.3 Million

Top 3 country Market Share (%)


Key Companies Profiled

  • Bakmore UAV
  • Drone Elevations, LLC
  • Dronegenuity
  • Optelos
  • Professional Drone Services of Texas
  • RLC Design Services
  • Tarillo Vue
  • Viper Drones
  • Zuper Inc.

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Deployment Analysis of Drone Roof Inspection Market (2017-2021) Vs. Market Forecast Outlook (2023-2033)

Consider your roof the first line of defense in preserving the structural integrity of your building. Nevertheless, even the toughest roofs can have flaws. Your roof may eventually deteriorate due to leaks, ageing and weathering, or storm damage, putting the safety of everything beneath it at risk.

In recent years, contractors or building professionals use unmanned aerial vehicle or drone to inspect buildings, house roof etc. Roof inspection drone can be controlled using a remote or predetermined flight plan. Roof drone inspection also has a high definition camera, which can provide aerial view of the roof and also have the ability to squeeze into small areas.

These factors have increased deployment of drones for roof inspection at both small scale and bigger scale. The high definition photos and videos captured by these drones are then examined by the inspector to understand and interpret the status of roof structure and find for, if any, roof penetrations.

Further technological advancements in the field are aiding the product cost reduction, improving the margins of the manufacturers in the industry.

  • Short Term (2023 Q2 to 2025): Rotary wing drone roof inspection with commercial end user to positively impact drone roof inspection market growth in short term.
  • Medium Term (2025-2028): Europe and North America anticipated to witness high demand owing to the high accessibility and affordability in the regions.
  • Long Term (2028-2033): Eventually, developing economies in Asia Pacific region are also expect to compete in the market with increasing per capita disposable income and growing understanding of technology in the region.

Over the 2017-2021 historical period, the global drone roof inspection market registered a CAGR of 8.4%, and according to the Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market is projected to exhibit growth at 14.2% CAGR between 2023 and 2033.

Drone Roof Inspection Market Forecast by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of drone roof inspection based on operation mode and region is provided in a nutshell in the above image. Under the operation mode segment, the remotely piloted sub-segment dominates with 64.4% market share in 2023.

What’s Driving Demand for Drone Roof Inspection?

“Higher Accessibility of Drones Driving its Use”

There are many buildings and structures that are difficult to gain access to. There may also be obstructions or building features that make access difficult or dangerous. Using a drone can help minimize costs associated with accessing these areas. They can also keep individuals safely away from sources of danger during the inspection process.

An example of a difficult to access area would be a church steeple. Jurin Roofing Services Inc. has worked on many different church structures and in particular church steeples. Typically, older structures have a much higher pitched roof structure which makes accessing these types of building features difficult. Using a drone to complete a roof inspection allows quick access to these areas without setting up scaffolding. This results in a faster assessment with a reduced cost.

Other such instances include buildings that are connected to the power grid at an external exposed point on the building. These areas can present waterproofing issues and require closer inspection. By using drones, the operator can remain at a safe distance away from the power supply but still be able to assess the area for waterproofing problems that require attention. Such benefits of have driven the preference for drone assisted inspections.

“UAVs or drones are able to carry an infrared camera as a payload”

Many building owners and property managers have used infrared scanning services to help assess the condition of their roofing systems. Infrared technology is used to locate trapped moisture within roof assemblies. Infrared cameras are able to assess infrared energy being emitted from roof systems and capture images of the energy patterns. The images can then be interpreted to help determine potential areas of trapped moisture.

There have been two traditional methods of capturing infrared images. The primary method has been to deploy boots-on-the-roof technicians with handheld infrared cameras to perform assessments. The other option has been to contract with an aerial infrared thermography company. These companies operate manned planes with an external mounted infrared camera to do flyovers to capture these images. The use of a manned plane is costly and time consuming, hence drones with infrared camera came to rescue.

There are benefits to using a drone affixed with an infrared camera. Drones can be a more cost effective solution as the technology can be deployed locally at the site instead of flying from a remote airport. The drone can be flown for a fraction of the cost of a manned plane. In addition, the drone can hover over the target and capture more images when compared to a flyover taking place

This in turn enhances the demand for drone roof inspection market from the end users side.

What Do Drone Roof Inspection Manufacturers Need to Watch Out?

“Peace and Privacy Compromised with Drones”

Apart from all the flattering features, drones can be quite noisy. This may not be a big deal for inspecting a commercial roof, but it could be an issue if anyone is trying to inspect a residential roof. The noise from the drone could disturb the occupants of the home and make it difficult to hear any damages that may be present on the roof.

Some privacy concerns come with using drones. If consumer going to be flying the drone around someone’s property, they may not be too happy about it. There have been cases of people shooting down drones that they considered to be invading their privacy. While this is technically illegal, it’s still something to considered for anyone using a drone for roof inspection.

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Country-wise Insights

Why Drone Roof Inspection is So Popular in Unite States?

U.S. held the largest market share in terms of sales in 2023, accounting for about 87% in regional market. It is anticipated that this share will increase significantly over the next ten years as a result of supportive government initiatives, developments in drone technology, and rising demand from companies in a variety of industries.

Additionally, new regulations have been released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States to provide clearer, more uniform advice for the safe and legal operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in commercial settings. Reduced entrance barriers and increased product uptake are the goals of these laws and regulations in the US.

Why is Demand for Drone Roof Inspection High in China?

The country’s recent amendments to drone legislation are anticipated to stimulate market expansion. China has become the world's hub for drone production in the last six years. The civilian drone market is dominated by China, which had 1,200 drone manufacturers in the beginning of 2019.

The Chinese government is putting in place a number of subsidy programs and other helpful domestic measures to promote the use of drones in numerous industrial sectors. The growing applications for drones in China are increasing demand for these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

The Chinese drone market previously was dominated by hobbyist drones. However, the growing need for drones for not only roof inspections but monitoring, surveying, and surveillance applications in the construction, agricultural, infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, mining, and insurance industries is fueling the country's commercial drone boom. As per Fact.MR, China is likely to accumulate a revenue share of 13% in the global drone roof inspection market.

Category-wise Insights

Why Deployment by Commercial Drone Roof Inspection are High?

Commercial drone roof inspection market is expected to reach the market share of 80.7% with valuation of US$ 138 Mn by 2023.

Fact.MR predicts that a sizeable chunk of drone usage will be in the construction sector, which will grow at a CAGR of 18% over 2023 to 2033. On commercial sites, drones are being utilized more frequently to conduct visual assessments of high-risk roof areas. Drones' ability to gather data in real time enhances the effectiveness of on-site administration and communication.

Drones can be used by surveyors and engineers to inspect tall buildings and view the development of a project from above. Additionally, they provide site managers with a summary of potential issues and deconstruct crucial decision-making elements to simplify building roof operations.

Why Remotely Piloted Segment for Drone Roof Inspection Market is Expected to Lead the Market Growth?

Remotely piloted operation option has had the largest market share during the course of the forecast period. In 2023, the remotely piloted mode market share is anticipated to reach 64.4%. The increased public interest in UAV inspection in established and developing countries offer a lot of opportunity for the drone business to expand. Although they are not necessary, remotely piloted aircraft are believed to be required for inspection without endangering drones.

There are now more of these drones being used that can be operated remotely. The target market for UAV inspection, which may be modified to meet the needs of the end users, also has a lot of space for expansion.

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Competitive Landscape

Some of the drone roof inspection service providers are ABJ RENEWABLES, Bakmore UAV, Drone Elevations.LL, Optelos, Professional Drone Services of Texas, RLC Design Services, Tarillo Vue , Viper Drones, Zuper Inc.

Manufacturers are focusing on adopting various marketing strategies like reduced price points on manufactured products, partnerships with retailers, launch of endorsement programs, use of new technologies to manufacture cutting edge products etc. in order to meet the scope of competition in the drone industry.

  • In May. 2022, RattanIndia Enterprises Ltd, the flagship company of RattanIndia Group for its new-age growth businesses, acquired a 60% stake in Bengaluru-based drone manufacturing startup Throttle Aerospace Systems.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of drone roof inspection positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Drone Roof Inspection Industry Research

  • By Type :

    • Fixed Wing
    • Rotary Wing
    • Hybrid Wing
  • By Operation Mode :

    • Remotely Piloted
    • Optionally Piloted
    • Fully Autonomous
  • By End User :

    • Residential
    • Commercial
  • By Region :

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

What is the global drone roof inspection market size?

The global drone roof inspection market is expected to the valuation of US$ 171.0 million in 2023.

Which regional drone roof inspection market accounts for a leading market share?

Europe tops the global drone roof inspection market likely to get 32.1% market share in 2023.

Which type holds the highest market share?

Rotary wing type will top and account for 53.7% share of global sales in 2023.

How is the market for drone roof inspection expected to fare going forward?

Worldwide demand for drone roof inspection is anticipated to reach US$ 645.3 million by 2033-end.

How did the market perform over the last few years?

During 2017-2021, sales of drone roof inspection increased at 8.4% CAGR.

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