Just in Time for Earth Day – Gulf Coast Supply Explains How Metal Roofing Helps Save Money, Energy and the Environment

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When comparing metal roofing with asphalt, some buyers only look at price. However, a closer review reveals that, while asphalt may be cheaper in the short run, metal is ultimately more energy-efficient and durable. In addition, metal roofing is friendlier to the environment than asphalt (which is derived from fossil fuels). For more on the advantages of metal roofing, visit Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com).

James Russell Lowell, a 19th Century poet, wrote that “Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof.” Lowell’s observation is especially timely in light of Earth Day, as conscientious homeowners struggle to save green by going green, but without compromise. Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com) makes that decision easier by detailing how metal roofing helps save money as well as the environment.

Perhaps that’s why metal roofing continues to grow in popularity.

In 1998, the Metal Roofing Alliance tracked the residential market at 4 percent re-roofing and 1 to 2 percent new construction. Just over 10 years later, a survey from McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics indicated 11 percent in residential re-roofing and 5.5 percent in new construction. That’s more than a doubling of market share.

Why the increase?

“Consumers are making informed environmental choices in everything from the car they drive to the clothes they wear. The roof they choose should also be evaluated for its sustainability,” says Bill Hippard, president of the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance. “A metal roof is a long-term solution that increases the value of your home while reducing its environmental impact.”

For example, as it relates to environmental impact, asphalt shingles contribute 1.36 billion pounds of waste to landfills every year, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Plus, asphalt roofing products, which are derived from fossil fuels, typically must be replaced more often.

GCS, which has served Florida, Georgia and the Gulf Coast since 1996, is a Better Business Bureau-accredited metal roofing company with a perfect A+ rating.

“For 16 years, customers across the Southeast have trusted Gulf Coast Supply as a manufacturer of premium quality metal roofing,” said GCS VP Jonathan Sherrill. “My dad and uncle built Gulf Coast Supply from scratch based on principles of honesty, customer appreciation, premium products and fair prices.”

Headquartered at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, FL, 32648, Gulf Coast Supply recently opened two new locations:

GCS Alachua – The 7,000-square-foot sales and manufacturing facility is at 14480 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL, 32615, which is just off Interstate 75, less than 20 miles from the University of Florida in Gainesville. It is well-suited to expedite delivery and service to North Central Florida, one of the state’s key population centers.

GCS Stuart – A 7,000-square-foot sales and manufacturing facility at 8701 SW Old Kansas Ave., in Stuart, FL, 34997 (Martin County) is perfectly located to service all of southeast Florida and the Caribbean.

Staff at all three facilities can answer questions about the energy-efficiency and eco-friendliness of metal roofing, as well as the impact that reflectivity can have on energy-savings.

“Everyone in our sales staff is trained and knowledgeable, especially on metal roofing,” Sherrill said.

In addition to being attractive and available in a wide variety of colors, metal roofing saves energy due to its ability to reduce both cooling and heating energy usage.

The Florida Solar Energy Center found that metal roofing “saves the most energy as a result of its high reflectance and superior ability to cool quickly at night.” The center notes a case study where metal roofing reportedly saved about 23 percent annually in cooling costs, compared to a dark gray asphalt shingle roof.

For more information about metal roofing and how it can help homeowners save green by going green, call toll-free 1 (888) 393-0335 or visit http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com.

ABOUT: Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, is headquartered at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, FL, 32648. For more information about the company and its products, call toll-free 1 (888) 393-0335. The local number is (352) 498-0778; the fax is (352) 498-7852. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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