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Tuesday Home Maintenance Tip - Your Roof System

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Happy Tuesday!

Todays' home maintenance tip is timely, especially with the high rate of insurance premiums and early cancellation of policies by insurance companies...


It's fairly easy to take care of your roof. Perhaps the easiest thing you can do is keep debris from accumulating on top of your home. You'll need a ladder and someone who isn't afraid of heights.  You can usually clear the gutters from the ground, but if you have pine trees or other trees in your yard, you'll need someone to get high enough to remove the debris. Debris can accumulate in the valleys of the roof and cause rain water to seep into the crevices and create a leak.

The first photo is a pic I took this Spring while showing homes in a nearby neighborhood. This roof is a disaster waiting to happen! I'd honestly be afraid to look at the condition of the shingles.

Neglectful roof

My son is the star of the second pic. He came over (at my request) to clear the pine straw out of the valley of my roof a few years ago, and I snapped his pic. While he was there, he reached some of the areas in the gutters that I couldn't access from the ground.

Son on Roof

Another issue with roofs is the build-up of algae and mildew. You can hire a professional to gently wash your roof, or you can attempt to do it yourself. There are numerous YouTube videos you can watch if you have questions.

If you have trees planted near your home, keep the limbs trimmed so they do not rub against your roof or fascia. This will help protect your roof from unnecessary damage.

Proper roof ventilation is important. I've attended home inspections where the ventilation in the attic was insufficient. Besides making the attic temperature intolerable, the heat caused irreparable damage to the shingles, causing them to degrade sooner than their natural life span.

Keep an eye on your roof. If you have a few missing shingles, have them replaced before they cause a problem. If you have experienced a hail storm or wind damage, have your roof checked to prevent any future concerns.

I am a Realtor; not a roofer, so always contact a professional. I have learned these tips through years of practical experience as a Realtor, and thought you would find them helpful.

Stay tuned for the next Tuesday's Tip!


Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

These are great tips and very important since a new roof can be costly.

May 14, 2024 03:15 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty this is good advice, especially on ventilation.  It not only preserves the shingles, but also keeps the plywood from splitting.

May 14, 2024 03:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Pat- what great tips for maintaining our roofs!!!  Maintain your roofs to avoid future problems. 

May 14, 2024 05:22 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Roofs are expensive to replace, and they do need some attention yearly to get maximum life. You offer some good suggestions.

May 14, 2024 06:42 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post and interestingly Michael Elliott  wrote a post about issues with the roof, check his post out  Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty 

May 14, 2024 10:16 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Pat... I've always found it interesting how many people do regular maintenance all around their homes and then forget about the roof.

May 15, 2024 04:08 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - once again, proper maintenance plays an important part.  Good tips.  Your "visual aids" help make your point too.  Well-done.  

May 15, 2024 04:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty ,

What a great post about roof maintenance. Your message to make sure to maintain your roof is so important especially now with the high rate of insurance premiums and early cancellation of policies by insurance companies. I just had my roof shingles replaced last fall and was glad my insurance company paid out without any hassles.

May 15, 2024 09:20 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Michael Elliott - I saw your post on solar panels. We are definitely on the same page! 

George Souto - I hadn't thought about the possible damage to the decking. Great observation!


May 15, 2024 09:32 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Endre Barath, Jr. - great to see you, as always! Did you mean the post on solar panels? I read that one and wholeheartedly agree. :)

Nina Hollander, Broker - a dingy, discolored or neglected roof is a negative for most home shoppers. No-one wants to tackle that kind of problem as a new homeowner.

May 15, 2024 09:35 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Michael Jacobs - did you catch the fact that the good-looking man in the second pic is my son? Bribery can sometimes get your roof cleaned. :)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - As you know, a roof system is one of the top 3 components of a home, and it's important to be maintained properly. You and I are in the same boat; I am also getting a new roof within the next few weeks. I'm very thankful insurance is picking up the tab.

May 15, 2024 09:38 AM
Michael Jacobs

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty - yes, I did.  It's nice to have the right connections.  😃

May 15, 2024 09:52 AM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty Very, very good information.  I clean my gutters 3 or 4 times a year and am glad I do. Is it a pain? Of course...but keeping the roof and gutters clean and clear of tree gunk will definitely extend and give life to the roof and vents and much more!  

May 15, 2024 01:38 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Keeping roofs clean and free of debris, is critical to extending their lives.

May 16, 2024 06:53 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Pat, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Clubgroup!  

May 16, 2024 07:09 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


Hello Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty while we may not see the roof, at least the top of it, maintenance is critical.  The damage that can be done by not maintaining will cost more than the cost to maintain. 


May 16, 2024 09:23 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat for the feature! I appreciate you.

May 16, 2024 10:50 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Pat,
I am fortunate not to get a lot of debris on my roof. I do have to clean my gutters a couple of times a year, though.

May 16, 2024 11:58 AM