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When choosing a roofing material that is supposed to last decades, it may be hard to trust that it will last a lifetime and not wear prematurely. In addition to choosing quality shingles of a trusted brand with an excellent warranty, there are design, landscaping and maintenance choices that you can make to extend the life of your roof even longer. Here is a look at some of the ways to make your roof last.

The simpler and higher pitched your roof design, the more effectively it will shed water without settling in valleys or along protrusions like chimneys. If you are in the process of building a home, you may want to consider a simpler roof as opposed to one with a number of architectural gables or other details. If you are unsure of what roofs would be best with your home design and provide simple, long-lasting results, consult your Calabash roofing experts for advice.

Choosing the location of your home in regard to landscaping will do a lot to regulate the temperature of the roof's surface.

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Roofs that are regularly exposed to high levels of heat without any mitigative cooling measures can prematurely melt and release the protective granules responsible for the roof's ability to resist wear. From a landscaping perspective, the roof will do best if it is exposed to some shade from nearby structures or mature trees without overhanging vegetation that can scratch the roof, cover it with leaf debris and provide rooftop access to squirrels and other destructive wildlife.

Hot summers are not something that can be prevented, but hot rooftops can be limited with a few simple installations. Choosing cool roof materials with reflective or light surfaces can help to limit the amount of heat that your roof absorbs. This will also lower your cooling bills during the summer. Reflective coatings are also available to retrofit onto your roof's surface for a similar effect. In your attic, you can lower the temperature of your roof's surface by installing a number of turbine vents in your attic to help ventilate the space by moving cool air through the area. This can also help to prevent mold in moist places.

Keeping your roof clean and clear of moss and debris is a great way to extend the life of your shingles. This is often done twice per year, each spring and fall.

If you have questions about the best way to protect your individual roof, contact your local roofing experts for a consultation.

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