Coastal Construction Relies on Impact- and Wind-Resistant Composite Roofing

The rose is aimed at us. September is the most common month for hurricanes to make landfall.

Now that Ida is over, are you ready for hurricanes Mindy, Nicholas and Odette? If you build homes in the eastern half of the country, you know the worries to keep you up at night related to construction in hurricane-prone areas.

You can sleep more easily at night if you install composite shingles and slate roof shingles that can withstand high winds. Class 4 impact assessed DaVinci Roofscapes Products allows you to create a home or project that has a greater chance of being protected from damage from flying debris during severe weather.

Every impressive DaVinci product meets the Miami-Dade County and Texas Department of Insurance acceptance criteria for high-speed hurricane winds. And in industrial testing, DaVinci tiles have the highest rating for straight-line wind testing at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 test. They have also passed the TAS-125 certification test for updraft resistance in High Velocity Hurricane Zones up to 180 mph. In addition, each tile is Class A fire rated and backed by DaVinci’s Lifetime Limited Materials Warranty.

Putting composite roofing to the test

When Category 4 Hurricane Michael swept into the Florida Panhandle in 2018, it brought winds in excess of 250 mph. As recommended, resident of Port St. Joe George Fleet his oceanfront home was evacuated. When he returned, he was stunned… his was the only fully intact house on the beach that stood for miles.

“Every house in my neighborhood had roof damage except mine,” Fleet says. “Some houses lost their entire roof and were blown out; others had structural damage with broken windows and lost foundations.”

So, how did Fleet’s house survive? He credits a strong building envelope and its impact-resistant DaVinci Multi-Width Shake roof. “I chose the DaVinci product for its looks and durability,” says Fleet. “Look at this… this roof survived a Category 4 storm and still looks great!”

Standing up for Mother Nature

“We stand here before God and everyone.” That’s how Chris Webb, executive director of Old Baldy . Foundation describes the location of the famous lighthouse and the Smith Island Museum of History. Both the lighthouse and the watchman’s cottage are fully exposed to the elements.

When the cottage recently needed a new roof, Webb contacted SOS Roofing and Construction in Wilmington, North Carolina. Based on his previous experience using DaVinci composite shake roofing, the owner, Steve Lyons, immediately suggested and installed DaVinci Multi-Width Shake.

Once the roof was finished, it was put to the test. On August 3, 2020, Hurricane Isaias hit the coast of North Carolina. A high quality Category 1 hurricane, it set off an EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 105 mph on Bald Head Island.

“Unbelievably, the new DaVinci roof held up just fine,” Webb says. “No tiles have come loose and not a drop of water in the guard’s house. We knew it was suitable for heavy weather and high winds, but we never expected to put it to the test so quickly!

No coastal problems

The excitement of completing a dream home on the coast turned to deep concern for Mary and Larry Anderson when their new home was hit by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The 9,000-square-foot Florida waterfront home was undamaged by winds exceeding 90 mph and several inches of rain. The Andersons credit strong construction and the use of reliable building products, such as DaVinci Roofscapes composite roof tiles, to keep their home safe during the storm.

Anderson BFHS Mountain

“We know that the DaVinci composite tiles are made to comply with Miami Dade Code approvals, but we didn’t think they would be tested so quickly,” says Larry Anderson. “Our area had a lot of debris and power outages for days. For us, we literally had some landscape damage. There was no leak at all… this roof held up extremely well against Mother Nature.”

Island Adventure

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on August 25, 2017, it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane just six miles from the Mustang Island Episcopal Convention Center.

Mustang Island

Severe weather conditions damaged 100 percent of buildings in nearby Port Aransas, and buildings in Mustang Island State Park were largely destroyed. But not the conference center. Just months earlier, it completed the installation of DaVinci impact-resistant mansard-style composite tiles and roof applications on several structures on the oceanfront property.

“Winds were between 120 and 140 mph when Harvey made landfall,” said Rob Watson of the West Texas Episcopal Diocese. “We cannot say enough about the DaVinci product. Only a few shingles blew off during the storm and the conference center suffered little structural damage.

“We are looking for two more housing units, a welcome center and a great room in the conference center. We will no doubt be using DaVinci products to clad all new buildings. This product has proven itself during some of the worst weather conditions imaginable. We know we can rely on DaVinci products and plan to do so repeatedly in the future.”

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