As featured in last week’s blog, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition is underway and the winner for the first quarter has been announced. According to, manufacturer DECRA Metal Roofing and roofing installer Weather Shield Metal Roofing of Gulf Breeze, Florida have been selected as the winners of its Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition for a stunning metal roofing project recently completed on a home in Gulf Breeze. A winner will be announced for each quarter of 2021.

The owners of the award-winning, 4,500 square-foot home needed a durable but beautiful new roof strong enough to survive and last for decades, even in their hurricane-prone region. Just 20 years old, their home’s existing asphalt roof was showing wear as a result of Florida’s harsh conditions that include intense sun and salty, coastal air, but it was still in decent shape structurally. For their new roof, the owners chose DECRA Shake XD stone-coated metal roofing, which delivers rustic beauty and architectural detail of hand-split wood shake, yet can endure for a lifetime given its reliability and strength that requires little to no maintenance and maintains its rich color consistently for years. The new metal roof was able to be installed right over the old roof using a synthetic underlayment that provides a great moisture barrier and a 50-year warranty. This installation method saves on tear-off and reducing waste while providing additional energy efficiency benefits.

With the end of the first quarter’s competition, the search is now on for MRA’s final Best Residential Metal Roofing project the second quarter of 2021. Open to U.S. and Canada homeowners, contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at Next quarter’s winner will be announced this summer, and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered. 

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition, visit

The Metal Roofing Alliance is a partner association of METALCON. You will find MRA at this year’s show scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida.