The Midwest can famously see all four seasons in a single day, and while that might seem unpleasant to some, Midwesterners embrace the chaos with a sense of pride. From skiing in the winter to hanging out at the beach during the summer, people in the Midwest look to get outside and enjoy the unique perks of the diverse climate. But the dynamic weather patterns also mean Midwesterners have to be ready for anything. The same can be said for their roofs, which need to hold up under intense heat and heavy snow. For homeowners and roofing contractors, the Midwest’s weather presents a challenge that’s best tackled using durable materials that are as flexible as a Midwestern forecast.
Roofing materials for all seasons
People in the Midwest know all too well how volatile the region’s weather can be. Freezing cold winters can bring blizzard conditions, ice storms and heavy snow totals. On the other hand, the summer months can bring triple-digit temperatures and high humidity. This heat and humidity are the main reasons why anyone taking on a roofing project in the Midwest needs to make sure they have proper ventilation that creates a balanced airflow system. Otherwise, that heat and humidity can get trapped in the attic and create issues with rot, mildew or cause your shingles to curl. Having a balanced ventilation system is important in the winter too. Proper ventilation can help prevent ice dams, which can be extremely destructive and cause your roof to leak.
To make sure your roof has the ventilation it needs to avoid major issues, consider using Quarrix OffRidge Intake & Exhaust Vent. These ventilation products use the patented StormStop membrane to create solid airflow while preventing rain or snow from leaking into your roof. By eliminating the need for large box vents all over your roof, these ridge vents also make it easier to rake snow off your roof during those heavy Midwestern snow storms.
The StormStop membrane does more than guard against bad weather. It also prevents bugs and other critters from getting into your attic as well. This is important because while most Midwesterners spend all summer complaining about mosquitos, there are all kinds of other bugs who would love to become your new roommate. With our Quarrix ventilation products, you can make sure your home stays yours and yours alone.
Versatility is crucial
Because of the extreme cold and heavy snowfalls, many Midwest homeowners opt for traditional asphalt shingle roofs that hold up fairly well to such conditions. Quarrix Multi Roll ventilation products are compatible with all kinds of roofs, including asphalt shingles. So, no matter what kind of look you want for your home—whether it’s asphalt, concrete tile or composite products—our versatile materials can give you the curb appeal you’re looking for.
The Midwest’s wild fluctuations between extreme cold and heat mean it’s crucial for homes to have a balanced ventilation system. By choosing quality products that are as durable as they are versatile, homeowners and roofing contractors can feel confident their projects will hold up to the region’s chaotic climate.
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