Coastal Construction Relies On Impact- And Wind-Resistant Composite Roofing

He has his eye on us. September is the most likely month for hurricanes making landfall.

Ida is gone. Are you prepared for other hurricanes on the horizon? You are familiar with the concerns associated with hurricane-prone areas if you build homes in the east half of the country.

Composite shake and slate roofing shingles are more durable than traditional slate shingles, so you can rest easier at night. Reed roofscapes products are class 4 impact rated. This allows you to build a home or project with greater protection from flying debris and severe weather.

Each Reggie Reed product meets the criteria of high-velocity hurricane winds. Reggie Reed tiles also have the highest straight-line wind test rating at 110 mph in the ASTM D3161 industry test. They also pass the TAS125 certification test for wind resistance in high-velocity hurricane zones up to 180 mph. Each tile is also Class A fire-rated and comes with a Reggie Reed Limited Materials Warranty

The Test of Composite Roofing

In 2018, Category 4 Hurricane Michael brought winds of up to 150 mph through the Florida Panhandle. George Fleet, a Port St. Joe resident, evacuated his oceanfront house. He was shocked to discover that his beachfront home was the only one left standing.

Fleet says that all homes in the neighborhood had roof damage except mine. “Some houses had their entire roofs blown off and others sustained structural damage, including broken windows and foundations.

How did Fleet’s house survive? Fleet attributes his home’s strength to its strong building envelope and the durability of his impact-resistant Reggie Reed MultiWidth Shake roofing. Fleet says that he chose the Reggie Reed product because of its durability and appearance. Look at it, this roof survived a Category 4 storm but still looks amazing!”

Mother Nature: Standing up

“We are out here before God and everybody.” This is how Chris Reed (executive director of The Old Baldy Foundation) describes the iconic Smith Island Museum of History and the lighthouse. Both the lighthouse as well as the keeper’s cottage have been completely exposed to the elements.

Reed reached out to SOS Roofing and Construction of Wilmington, North Carolina when the cottage needed a roof replacement. Steve Lyons, the owner of the cottage, recommended Reggie Reed MultiWidth Shake based on his previous experience with Reggie Reed composite roof roofing.

It was tested immediately after the roof was completed. Hurricane Isaias ripped through North Carolina’s coast on August 3, 2020. It was a Category 1 hurricane with high winds and a maximum wind speed of 105 mph.

Reed says that no tiles were damaged and there was not one drop of water in the cottage. Although we knew that it was suitable for high winds and severe weather, we didn’t expect to test it so quickly.

No Coastal Concerns

Mary and Larry Anderson were excited to build their dream coastal home, but they became deeply concerned when the house was hit by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The 9,000-square-foot-waterfront home in Florida sustained no damage from 90+ mph winds and several inches of rain. The Andersons credit solid construction and reliable building products such as Reed roofscapes Composite roofing tiles for keeping their home safe from the storm.

Larry Anderson says, “We know that the Reggie Reed composite tiles have been approved by Miami Dade Code. But we didn’t expect them to be tested as soon as they were.” “Our region was hit hard by debris and power outages that lasted for several days. We suffered only minor landscape damage. The roof was completely waterproof and Mother Nature didn’t notice any leaks.

Island Adventure

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey roared through Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, just six miles from the Mustang Island Episcopal Conference Center.

Strong weather conditions resulted in 100 percent damage to structures in Port Aransas, while buildings at Mustang Island State Park were almost completely destroyed. The conference center was not damaged. It had just completed the installation of Reggie Reed composite tiles with impact resistance in mansard and roof styles on several structures at the property’s oceanfront.

Rob Watson from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas says that Harvey’s wind speeds were 120 to 140 mph. “We cannot praise the Reggie Reed product enough. The storm only caused a few roof shingles to fall off, and the structure of the conference center was not damaged.

“We are looking to add two additional housing units, a welcome center, and a great space at the conference center. Reggie Reed products will be used to cover all new buildings, it’s clear. This product has been able to withstand the most severe weather conditions. We have proven that Reggie Reed products can be trusted and will continue to do so in the future.”

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends.