What To Expect During A Roof Inspection From Millstream

By Millstream Construction

When performed correctly, a roof inspection is an all-inclusive examination of every roofing component attached to your home. In effect, the inspector determines the condition of your roof’s structure and the materials that are combined to form your complete roofing system (including the decking, underlayment, flashing, fascias, soffits, ventilation, insulation, skylights, chimneys, and gutters). Ultimately, this comprehensive investigation precisely identifies any areas that need to be addressed.

When To Get A Roof Inspection

Visible signs of moisture intrusion (including active leaks or unexplained water spots) signify the presence of roof damage. Additionally, the formation of mold, mildew, or algae on interior surfaces also implies that your roof no longer functions properly. Damage to the roof (e.g., broken or missing shingles, sagging, or granular loss) or any roofing system components (e.g., inadequate venting, broken seals, or corroded flashing) also justifies pursuing an inspection as soon as possible.

What To Expect From A Roof Inspection

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An experienced roofing inspector typically begins the inspection inside your home, especially if visible signs of moisture intrusion exist. From there, they will walk through the roof’s perimeter before advancing to the center. Along the way, the inspector looks for unusual circumstances, including blisters, cracks, holes, uplifted seams or shingles, and loose nails. Finally, they will analyze roofing components to pinpoint areas of concern worth further investigation.


Answers Your Questions Patiently And Knowledgeably

An established professional roof inspector understands that most homeowners have questions before, during, and after the inspection process. Many of these questions are typical for any situation and involve responses that inform and educate homeowners. However, other questions require deeper elaboration and demand that the inspector provide answers in a calm, courteous, and straightforward manner.

Delivers A Solution That Precisely Fixes Any Problem Areas

The only answer is the right answer. No homeowner should settle for a temporary solution. However, some roofing inspectors will take a shortcut to give the homeowner a response the homeowner wants to hear or an answer that may only partially fix the problem. A reputable inspector willingly communicates difficult news even if the only logical option requires a significant financial outlay to resolve.

Investigates Every Possible Cause of Any Problem Areas

Leave no stone unturned. A trustworthy roofing inspector understands that delving into an issue requires a comprehensive evaluation of all possible explanations to eliminate inaccuracies. Avoiding assumptions makes an accurate picture of reality much easier to piece together. Often, a known or obvious problem may have a concealed, unspecified, or unconventional root cause requiring ascertainment.

Offers Cost-Effective Alternatives If They Make Sense

As part of the investigatory process, a reputable inspector will review any warranties before and after an inspection. Knowing this information may influence what recommendations the inspector provides the homeowner. An inspector sensitive to homeowners will identify all possible solutions and give an approximation of the cost to repair, restore, or replace roofing components.

Prepares A Written Report Supplemented With Visual Evidence

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A detailed report accurately identifies problem areas and thoroughly explains any observations made by the inspector. The information from this report includes photographic and video documentation of the roofing system’s present condition. This report enables the homeowner to take the necessary course of action to repair, replace, or restore the roof (or compromised or defective roofing components). 

Choosing The Right Roof Inspector

Experience matters. When considering a roofing inspector, evaluate their familiarity with the profession and relevant educational background (including any licensing or certifications they hold). A reputable inspector also maintains appropriate insurance coverage to protect them and you in the event of an unfortunate accident. Assess online reviews and request qualified references of previous customers who hired the inspector. Finally, ask them questions about their inspection process.

The Millstream Construction Roof Inspection Process

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At Millstream Construction, we understand how to perform residential roofing inspections accurately and efficiently. And we don’t cut corners. As trained and certified roofing professionals, we know the ins and outs of roofing and help you stay ahead of potential issues. We take a proactive approach, attempting to identify early warning signs of much more significant problems down the road.

Our thorough multipoint inspection process involves several steps, including but not limited to the following actions:


  • Ascertain the amount of organic growth on the roof
  • Assess flashing for denting, corrosion, or other damage
  • Check for signs of excessive shingle granular loss
  • Determine if there are multiple layers of shingles
  • Evaluate the condition of any skylights or chimneys
  • Identify curling, buckling, missing, or broken shingles
  • Inspect the fascias and soffits for damage or rotting
  • Investigate the perimeter of venting for leaks or cracks

At Millstream Construction, we proudly serve the residential roofing needs of homeowners throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Our roofing expertise gives you peace of mind that we know how to identify issues accurately. We also repair, restore, and replace roofing systems. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation or to arrange an inspection of your roof.


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