Farmers says the information it gathers ultimately will help homeowners save money on repairs and replacements. The work is being carried out In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a non-profit industry research group.
What Farmers calls the "roof farm" officially opened on Nov. 3 in Olathe, Kan. It consists of five 15-foot-square roof structures. Four of them will be devoted to evaluating different roofing materials, while the fifth will be used to test drones.