Gulf Coast Supply Unveils 3 New Services at the 2012 Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo

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Choosing the right color for a metal roof has never been easier thanks to two new services introduced by Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com) at the recent Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo. “Proof My Roof” lets contractors provide an attractive visual of what a home looks like with a metal roof, while “Priority Samples” puts metal roofing samples in homeowners’ hands, virtually overnight. In addition, a third service, “Gulf Coast Certified,” trains licensed contractors on metal roof installation.

Homeowners seeking just the right look and color for their metal roof will find the task easier thanks to two new services unveiled at the recent Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo in Orlando by Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, (http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com).

“Proof My Roof” (PMR) and “Priority Samples” (PS) were introduced with positive results at the annual Expo, according to Ray Bowen, Gulf Coast Supply’s Director of Sales and Corporate Development.

In addition, a third service, “Gulf Coast Certified,” was unveiled. The GCC program is a series of hands-on seminars that train licensed contractors (or installers employed by licensed contractors) in the details of how to install metal roofing.

“This program opens doors to new opportunities for our customers and ensures that homeowners having roofs installed can have the utmost confidence that their job will done right,” the Gulf Coast executive said.

The three new services fit in well with Gulf Coast’s position in the marketplace.

“Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing is the largest manufacturer of residential metal roofing in the state of Florida,” Bowen said. “We manufacture 11 different profiles of metal roofing and provide that directly to contractors and do-it-yourselfers throughout Florida, the Southeast and the Caribbean.”

Bowen noted that Gulf Coast does not sell through distributors, such as “big box” stores, but instead takes a “factory direct” approach.

“One of our primary focuses as a business is to make our contractors more successful,” explained Bowen.

Contractors had been saying that a comment often coming from homeowners was: “I like the idea of a metal roof, but I just don’t know how it will look on my home."

“PMR allows a contractor to pull up in front of a home, take out his Smart Phone, snap a photo of the house, and email it to Gulf Coast Supply,” Bowen said. “Immediately our design professionals go to work.”

Homeowners can select up to three colors from about 40 available choices. When the Gulf Coast design team is finished, a rendering is emailed back. The contractor is then able to go to the owner and say, “Here is a picture of your home with a metal roof.”

Bowen said, “Reaction to this service has been very, very positive, and our customers have already begun to sell more jobs using the PMR presentation.”

The GCS executive shared a story in which a contractor showed a PMR rendering to a prospective customer; the result was that Gulf Coast Supply was selected to provide roofing for an entire subdivision

Another Gulf Coast service announced at the Expo in Orlando is called Priority Samples (PS), which gives homeowners a chance to handle a sample of a GCS roofing product in a timely fashion.

“PS allows contractors to request actual samples of metal roofing panels in the color and style that a homeowner wants,” Bowen said. “And if requested by noon one day, they’ll be shipped out the same day and arrive in most places in the state (of Florida) by the next day.”

Priority Samples and Proof My Roof services are also available with the OceanGuard Aluminum Series, which Gulf Coast introduced during last year’s Expo. OceanGuard is an attractive, durable and energy-efficient product developed for beachfront homes.

OceanGuard has a 25-year coastal anti-corrosion warranty and features Kynar 500, a coating known for its color retention, superior weatherability and resistance to corrosion. (Details can be found at http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com/Kynar500.html)

Gulf Coast Supply has three convenient locations to serve architects, contractors and homeowners in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama as well as the Caribbean. They are:

GCS Headquarters – 4020 SW 449th Street, Horseshoe Beach, FL 32648

GCS Alachua – 14480 NW US Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615

GCS Stuart – 8701 SW Old Kansas Ave., Stuart, FL 34997

All three were represented at the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo in Orlando. In fact, GCS stores were closed down the Friday of the Expo so that employees and their families could attend.

For more information about the company and its various products, call toll-free 1 (888) 393-0335 or visit http://www.GulfCoastSupply.com, https://Twitter.com/#!/GulfCoastSupply or http://www.Facebook.com/GulfCoastSupply.

ABOUT: Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, LLC, is headquartered at 4020 SW 449th Street in Horseshoe Beach, FL, 32648. It is a Better Business Bureau-accredited company with a perfect A+ rating. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The local number is (352) 498-0778; the fax is (352) 498-7852.

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