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Basic asphalt shingles are expected to last at least 15 years, and manufacturers will promise 25, 35 or even 50 years on their premium asphalt roof materials. Achieving these long lifespans does require some regular maintenance, but such upkeep is neither difficult nor expensive.

Some of the most important steps a homeowner can take toward achieving a long life for their roof is to inspect the roof and attic before summer and again before winter as well as to schedule a professional inspection by a Kalamazoo roofing company every three years or so. Do-it-yourself inspections are an important aid in discovering common damage, such as missing and torn shingles, and identifying the signs of larger roof problems such as moisture stains in the attic.

The attic is an area of your roof that you shouldn't overlook. In addition to checking for signs of leaks and condensation, you should inspect the insulation and ventilation. Make sure that the ventilation isn't obstructed, and be mindful that HVAC installation and other attic work can lead to a new attic bypass or even multiple bypasses.

Another problem to watch out for on your roof is the accumulation of organic matter such as leaves and pine needles. These piles are common at angles or where the pitch is low. Remove them as soon as possible because they collect moisture and can undermine flashing and shingles.

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Avoid having tree branches that extend over your roof. Industry experts recommend cutting branches so that they're one to three feet away from the roof edge. Doing so will eliminate most of the accumulation of organic matter that can occur on a roof, and it will also protect your roof by eliminating the danger of falling branches that can damage shingles.

A seasonal inspection of a roof is also a good time to clean gutters and downspouts because it gives you a close-up view of the roof. It's also an opportunity to ensure that flow through the gutters and downspouts is ideal and there isn't an excessive amount of shingle granules collecting in the gutter. If your gutters still clog easily after cutting branches back, consider investing in gutter guards. Guards don't eliminate the need for gutter cleaning, but they do prevent clogging.

If your shingles are dirty or have algae or some other growth on them, you can clean them. An easy way to clean them yourself is to mix water, detergent and oxygen bleach in a garden sprayer. Saturate the dirty areas. Let the mixture sit for an hour or so, and wash it away with a garden hose.

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