Your Guide to Roofing Materials Made for the Southwest

Quarrix Roofing Materials
November 4, 2021 at 6:00 a.m.

By Quarrix.  

A quick overview of roofing materials that can stand the challenges of the Southwest. 

The Southwest in America is among the most geographically diverse and unique landscapes. From the mesas and bluffs to the flatlands, this dry region is an undeniable spectacle. The same can be said of the weather of the region; the American Southwest sees blazing heat, dust storms, droughts, wildfires and even earthquakes. If you are planning to build or remodel in this region, you need a durable roofing solution that will be able to withstand the extremes of the region. Here is what to consider when building in the Southwest. 

Constant sun and dust 

While earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes garner a lot of attention, your roof and ventilation should first account for more common challenges. In the Southwest, that means handling the heat and constant dust the area is known for.

From southern California to Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, dry weather is the norm and because some regions of the southwest can see 360 days of sunshine per year, you’ll encounter plenty of dust in addition to the heat. This dust, if allowed to build up over time, can not only hamper the air quality of your home, it can also hinder your ventilation system’s ability to move air throughout the home and maintain internal temperatures. 

Solve for the dust 

The heat of this region makes clay or concrete tiles a popular choice. Beneath those tiles, you’ll need a home ventilation solution that will not only keep your home cool — bolstering the health of your roof and reducing your air conditioning bills — but also keep the dust out. 
Quarrix Building Products StormStop Ridge Vent can help you meet all these goals. The market leader in durability and versatility, ridge vents are made from crush-resistant HDPE and have undergone extensive dust exposure testing under ICC standards. The results show our vents have no reduction in their resistance to airflow because of dust. They keep the air flowing and the dust — and/or vermin — at bay.

That’s good news, but in addition to keeping your ventilation system fully operational, you should also know that rigid solutions work with a variety of roofing materials to preserve your home’s overall appearance. This allows you to choose the roof you love and rest assured we can find a ventilation solution that will work for your goals. 

Research your options today 

The Southwest’s continuous challenges require a dependable solution. Choosing products that not only survive but thrive under these conditions is the best way for you to enjoy all those bright sunny days...on your own terms, of course. 

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Original article source: Quarrix


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