SOURCE: Gerard Roofing Technologies

June 01, 2006 12:49 ET

Hurricane Season Fast Approaching: Is Your Roof Ready?

BREA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2006 -- After a devastating 2005 hurricane season, forecasters are predicting the Gulf Coast will be facing an early hurricane season. Homeowners are encouraged to take preventive measures to reduce damage by strengthening the exterior of their homes by installing a stone coated steel roof.

Typical hurricane protocol consists of residents boarding windows, bracing doors and securing shingle and tile roofs. "To ease panic and fear, homeowners can protect the structural integrity of their home year-round as opposed to just days before the storms arrival," says Ron Anderson of Gerard Roofing Technologies.

Gerard Stone Coated Roofs have been tested in extreme weather conditions including up to 120 m.p.h. winds and are backed with a lifetime warranty. Gerard's interlocking panels and batten-mounted systems do not allow wind to peel back or tear off pieces compared to other roofing materials.

Alabama resident, Dennis Ellis, has been a victim of three hurricanes in the past eight years, including the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Ellis personally called to thank Gerard for having saved his home on all three accounts. "Gerard makes an amazing roof. Not only is it wonderful in appearance and design, but has proven to be critical to the safety of my home," said Ellis.

Besides wind, Gerard Roofs are known for their high degree of resistance to fire, hail, snow and earthquakes, making them not only conducive for all environments, but potentially an enormous money saver when Mother Nature strikes. Some states even offer reduced insurance premiums to owners who install a stone coated steel roof to their home or building.

About Gerard Roofing Technologies

Gerard Roofing Technologies, a division of Metals USA, Inc., manufactures and distributes Stone Coated Roofing Systems through its California, Florida and Texas facilities. Its exclusive interlocking panels have been tested in extreme weather conditions including up to 120 M.P.H. winds, hail, snow, earthquakes and fire. For more information, call 800-541-7663 or www.gerardusa.com

About Metals USA, Inc.

Metals USA provides a wide range of products and services in the heavy carbon steel, flat-rolled steel, specialty metals, and building products markets. The information contained in this release is limited and the Company encourages interested parties to read the Company's historic Form 10-K and 10-Qs which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more complete information. Additionally, copies of the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission together with press releases and other information investors may find of benefit can be found at the Company's website at www.metalsusa.com. To visit Gerard Roofing Technologies go to www.gerardusa.com.

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