Google Earth satellite image of a synthetic slate roof.

Google Earth Satellite Image of a modified bitumen roof.

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1. GeneralGoogle Earth Pro is now free. The download is available at the Google Earth website. Take advantage of the full range of measurement tools that you used to have to pay for. 

This is great. For one thing, you can zoom in on the roof and use the polygon measuring tool to plot the perimeter of the roof and get a usefully accurate total square footage (for "flat" roofs; sloped roofs are a little more involved, but we can help you figure out the surface area of a sloped roof).

Zoom in on the roof, then select "Tools" at the top left, then select "Ruler". It's pretty self-explanatory after that. If the angle changes too much when you zoom in, go to “View” at the top left, then click on “Reset” at the bottom of the drop-down menu, then click “Tilt”.

2. General: Finding a roof: If you are trying to see a good, close-in satellite image of the roof on a specific building, see Roof Online’s page “How to Find a Building on Google Earth (and see a good close-up of the roof)”.

3. General: Measuring a roof: For help using the measurement tools on Google Earth Pro, see Roof Online’s article: "How to Measure a Roof with Google Earth".