Metal Roofing vs Shingles

If you are weighing The benefits of Metal Roofing vs Shingles, this is the first of several articles that we feel will be beneficial to your buying decision.


A breakdown in your roof can have disastrous consequences. Even the smallest of cracks or holes can lead to serious water damage inside of your home. Interior water damage can be very costly to repair and the water damage could ultimately affect your property value. In order to prevent a very expensive disaster, it is important to install a quality roofing system that can stand up to the test of time and weather. Ultimately, your roof will be the thing standing between the exterior elements and the valuables inside of your home.  There are a few different types of roofing systems available. Such options include tile roofs, shingles, and metal roofs.

Tiles roofs tend to be the most problematic. The standard tiles used for roofing are very heavy. Using the standard tiles on your roof would require you to install special framing on your house in order for your house to withstand the weight. There are lightweight tile options, but they are highly susceptible to breaks and cracks. Two of the most common types of roofs are shingles and metal roofs. There are generally two types of shingles: cedar shingles and composition shingles. The popularity of cedar shingles’ has waned in recent years due to high cost, short lifespan, and high combustibility. Composition shingles are an overall better option than cedar shingles, but composition shingles are far from perfect. Roofs with composition shingles tend to experience premature cracking, sun blistering, and over time can become an aesthetic nightmare. Metal roofs, by contrast, are your best bet. Metal roofs are safe, energy efficient, long lasting, and attractive. In the roofing debate of shingles vs metal roofs, metal roofs are the clear winner.

Metal roofs offer you several benefits. Metal roofs will save you lots of money in the long run. Compared with other roof systems, metal roofs require very little lifetime maintenance. Also, metal roofs will save you on your energy costs. Because metal roofs are so effective at saving energy, and because they are also made from nearly 100% recycled material, the US government and other accredited energy agencies have offered tax credits at one time or another for the installation of metal roofs. Furthermore, metal roofs are far more resistant, compared to shingles and other roofing systems, to all types of weather. As a result of the extreme durability of metal roofs, many home insurers have been known to offer discounts to those who have a metal roof.

Metal roofs are far and away your best roofing option from a financial, safety, and environmental perspective. Let Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing navigate you through the process of purchasing and installing your new metal roof.

Stay tuned for more of the Benefits of Metal Roofing vs Shingles!  In the coming days we will discuss in greater detail a close up look at the following Metal Roof vs. Shingles comparisons :

• Lifespan of Metal Roofing vs Shingles 

• Energy Efficiency of Metal Roofing vs Shingles

• Safety of Metal Roofing vs Shingles

• Cost of Metal Roofing vs Shingles

Home Show winner see’s her home with Metal Roofing, wins iPad from Gulf Coast Supply & Mfg.

2014 Metal Roof iPad Winner Vickie Brannen

A BIG Congratulations goes out to Mrs. Vickie Brannen of Gainesville, winner of this year’s iPad mini Giveaway from Gulf Coast Supply at the North Central Florida Home & Garden Show.  Mrs. Brannen and a host of others stopped by last weekend’s event at the O’Connell Center, helping to make this year’s Home Expo another great success.

This year’s event was especially exciting for our staff, as we were live at the show with our Metal Roof Visualizer service, ProofMyRoof™.  ProofMyRoof™ is our FREE offering that allows homeowners to see their home with Gulf Coast Metal Roofing when they upload a photo of their project to  Within minutes are crew goes to work, transforming their home photo into an interactive Metal Roofing visualizer.  Once complete, we email the homeowner a link to their online dashboard to view the final product.

Winning Metal Roof Photo Submission from Vickie BrannenGenerally, the homeowner will not see the actual photo transformation process as we convert their shingle or clay tile roof to metal, but this past weekend at the Home Show, visitors to our booth got an all access behind the scenes tour!  “It was so much fun to share the experience with the homeowner, and see their reactions as they virtually watched their metal roof be installed”, laughed David Doherty, CAD Technician for Gulf Coast.

Alachua store manager, Russell Bowen commented on the overall response to ProofMyRoof™ at the show saying, “This service has always been a huge hit for us, but there was something special about teaming up with the consumer and allowing them to see their project transformation up close and personal.”  All of the ProofMyRoof™ participants were entered for their chance to win the iPad Mini.

iPad giveaway winner, Vickie Brannen had this to say, “Seeing my house with all of the Metal Roof profile and color options really opened up so many possibilities that I hadn’t even considered, and I was amazed how the final photo looked… so realistic!”  Overall, we had a blast at the show and are so grateful to have had so many of our friends stop by and say hello – we look forward to many more successful future events with the folks from North Central Florida.

Proof My Roof Photo SubmissionIf you would like for us to complete a ProofMyRoof™ of your project, simply visit today to upload your project photo!  If you would like more information, please contact any of our friendly Metal Roof consultants today at (888) 393-0335.


Don’t Miss The North Central Florida Home & Garden Show!

This weekend, the Gainesville Sun and Builders Association of North Central Florida will host this year’s North Central Florida Home & Garden Show at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at the University of Florida.  So if you have been itching to get out of the house and check out great ideas for that Home or Garden spring renovation project, this is your opportunity!  As always, the show will once again be packed out with everything from home improvement and landscaping to interior decorating and even home sales.  There will also be a number of vendors putting on home and garden exhibits, seminars and how-to clinics.

Florida Home & Garden Show

Gulf Coast Supply has been an exhibitor of Metal Roofing at the annual North Central Florida Home & Garden Show for a number of years as well as a member of the BANCF organization.  “We always have a great time working this show, lots of great ideas and products are on full display which makes it an exciting event”, said VP of Sales and Marketing, Ray Bowen.  Included in the metal roofing products that we will have on display will be our Energy Efficient Metal Roofing systems in both exposed and concealed fastener options.  “The weather is beautiful right now, but in a few short weeks the sun’s rays will really begin to bare down, making these Energy Saving systems all the more attractive” said Director of Marketing, Mark Risley.

All sorts of design and build professionals will be in attendance, promising to make this another very successful event.  And at just $4 per person with free general admission for children under 16, it is one that is too affordable to miss!  Gates will open at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday and will close at 5pm both days, so you will have plenty of time to pencil it into your schedule.

Among the perks at the show, will be an iPad mini GIVEAWAY by yours truly, Gulf Coast Supply and Manufacturing, so be sure to stop by and register for your chance to win!  I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, but let’s just say your free registration to win will have some pretty awesome benefits as well… you might even have a chance to see what your home would look like with Metal Roofing from Gulf Coast Supply ;)

If you can’t make it out to the North Central Florida Home & Garden Show this weekend, you can visit our Metal Roofing showroom and manufacturing facility just up the road in Alachua one mile off of exit 399 on Interstate 75 on Highway 441.  Call or stop by anytime between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday to talk to our experienced Metal Roof staff. (386) 462-1062, 14480 NW US HWY 441, Alachua, Florida 32615.