Peace of Mind and a Great-Looking Roof

Growing tired of replacing shingles after each storm and fearing the loss of their house entirely, the Setters family made a decision that resulted in their home's ability to not only stand up against Sunday’s storm, but to come out looking like new. They bought a stone-coated steel roof. After learning about the special interlocking panels on a Gerard Stone-Coated Steel roofing system, Doug Setters mind was made up to re-roof for the last time. "I didn't want to have to replace the roof every year … now I've got peace of mind and a great-looking roof."

Doug Setters , "Tornado Alley", Indiana

Not a Scratch from Hail

When the storm came through on April 5, it ravaged almost everything in my neighborhood but didn’t even scratch my Gerard Roof.

Jeff Pruett, Plano, Texas

Economical, Attractive, and Lightweight

Stephanie Frizell”s 17-year old asphalt shingle roof needed to be replaced. She was delighted to find out that a Gerard Roof was so lightweight; it could be installed over her existing one and would protect her home. Pine trees surround her house. "I'd prefer to have a steel roof over my head when those guys get knocked over," she says. Stephanie selected the Gerard’s 'Weathered Slate' because of its color. She calls it "the perfect roof," and adds "I get to admire it twice a day when I go to the mailbox."

Stephanie Frizell

Three Hurricanes

Dennis had his Gerard stone-coated metal roof installed eight years ago on his home in the Laguna Keys development in Gulf Shore. Since then, his home has withstood three hurricanes: Dennis, Ivan (whose winds reached speeds of 134 mph) and now Katrina. Forced to evacuate his home, not knowing what, if anything, he would be returning to, Ellis was relieved to find his home still standing and in good condition. “I did a lot better than most of my neighbors and I credit the Gerard Roof for that. Most houses in the neighborhood suffered severe damage to both their interiors and exteriors. There were some other homes with Gerard Roofs in the area, and to my knowledge, they held up well.” According to Ron Anderson of Gerard Roofing Technologies, “Gerard has received several calls from Katrina victims whose homes are still standing thanks to their roofs.” Ellis initially chose his roof for its “looks and safety,” not fully realizing the extent to which he would benefit.

Dennis Ellis, Gulf Shore, AL

In the Eye of Hurricane Wilma

While Hurricane Wilma’s 125 mph winds ripped through South Florida, Wellington resident Victoria McCullough took comfort in knowing her home and 10,000 sq. ft. barn were safely nestled under the two stone-coated steel Gerard roofs she purchased in 2001. “We were in the eye of the storm for 40 minutes, yet both of my Gerard roofs look like they were installed just yesterday,” said McCullough. “I look around and I’m surrounded by a sea of destruction and here sits my house in perfect condition.” Wellington, home to the largest polo equestrian club and national horse show in the U.S., was hit extremely hard by Wilma. Neighbors of McCullough suffered severe damage to both their homes and the barns that house their show horses. According to McCullough, two barns on properties adjacent to hers were completely destroyed and pieces of another neighbor’s roof were ripped away and blown across the top of her house, creating almost unnoticeable damage to a small corner of her steel roof. After being referred to Gerard Roofing Technologies by a cousin in Aspen, CO, McCullough found Gerard to be a major improvement to typical shake shingle, wood and asphalt materials and plans to have a third Gerard stone-coated roof installed on her home in Greenwich, CT.

Victoria McCullough, Wellington, FL

Texas Tornado Protection

Eagle's wife and son 10-year-old Patton were in the house when the tornado hit. They were terrified. "Right over your head is this terrible noise as the wind tries to rip the roof off, sucking at the ceilings, tearing nails and screws from wood and drywall, everything shaking and screeching," says Eagle. Surprisingly, the Gerard Roof and the Eagle home survived the tornado's direct hit. Neighboring homes were not so lucky. At the front, a wood telephone pole was stripped of its outer layers as the storm whittled it like a piece of pine. Other homes were badly damaged by the large hail that struck just before the tornado, the first of this strength to hit the Monticello area of Fort Worth in decades. A 30-inch diameter live oak tree was yanked from the ground and jammed through the roof at the rear of Eagle's home. But the 5-year-old Gerard Roof stayed on as it was designed to do. Unfortunately, the wind was so powerful that the roof joists were lifted off the walls of the home. Although Mr. Eagle's insurance company is going to have to undertake extensive repairs to the roof, he's very keen to replace it with a Gerard Stone Coated Steel System.“I love the look of a Gerard Roof," he says. "And I like the way it protected my wife and son".

James and Judy Eagle, Eagle Home, Fort Worth, Texas

Withstanding the Forces of "Tornado Alley"

Doug Setters and his family live in Indiana, where his asphalt shingles were constantly being blown of by strong winds. When Doug saw how the shingles on a Gerard Stone Coated Steel Roof interlocked with each other, he knew they would be able to withstand what nature threw at his home. "Now I won't have to replace the roof every year," says Setters "Now I've got peace of mind and a great-looking roof. I will definitely recommend a Gerard Roof to anyone.”

Doug Setters

Aesthetic Advantage, Flexible Appearance

Beyond the practicality of the Gerard stone-coated-steel is the aesthetic advantage. It gives us a beautiful roof, we have a wide selection of colors, the texture that it creates, and whether we’re trying to deal with a mission style, or southwestern style, or just a contemporary design, it’s a very flexible material in its appearance.

Jim Mitchell, A.I.A., Genesis Architecture, FL

Cheaper Roofs, No Way

Even though we were price conscious, we didn’t want to end up with a cheap roof that wasn’t going to last. We looked at cheaper roofs, asphalt was one that we looked at. But as far as enhancing the property, no way. After we saw the pros and cons of all the different products available, the condominium board had an easy decision to make. We are really happy that we made a decision that pleased everyone. This is one where we haven’t had even one complaint.

Fred Denny, Homeowners Association , Rancho Cordova, CA