Children Come First

When it comes to company holiday parties, a solid rule of thumb is to plan on spending an average of $75 per person. But what if companies decided to nix the holiday party and instead opted to put the money towards a charitable cause? That’s exactly what Gulf Western Roofing decided to do last December.

Edgewood Children’s Ranch, originally founded in 1966, is a residential program for youth-at-risk. Their mission has been to house, educate, love, counsel and care for an average of 63 children, ages 8-17, by working closely with their parents in an effort to reunite the family in a healthy, loving, productive unit that functions well in the context of the family and community.

The funding for these programs is made possible by having staff that live on property. Edgewood has cottages for these employees and their families to live in. One of the larger cottages was not being utilized, due to roof issues. Contributions from Roofing Supply Group in Orlando made it possible for Gulf Western Roofing to provide a roof for the building, at no cost to Edgewood.

Gulf Western Roofing made the call, had someone come out right away to see what needed to be done, scheduled a time when it could be done and then came out to see that it had been taken care of. Upon inspection, Gulf Western Roofing found that the shingles were deteriorating and that roof was leaking in several areas. We removed the existing shingle roof as well as the felt underlayment, taking the project down to bare deck. We then re-nailed the deck per the Florida building code and installed a double layer of felt over the entire project. The project was finished with the installation of Owen’s Corning shingles.

Gulf Western Roofing cares strongly about supporting the children in our local community, which is why the decision to support The Ranch was an easy one for Joseph K. Lamb Jr., President of Gulf Western Roofing. In a letter to Mr. Lamb, Stuart Eldridge, Executive Director of The Ranch stated, “You managed to make this happen in a very short time. We are now able to use this home for housing our newest staff member and her family. This is a blessing beyond belief!”

After the project’s completion, Gulf Western Roofing paid a visit to The Ranch where we were given a tour by two young gentlemen. The boys, who had been residents of The Ranch for a little over a year, treated us with the utmost respect as we were given some insight into their daily lives. We were amazed by the quality of life that Edgewood Ranch is providing for these children and found ourselves appreciating the opportunity to lend a helping hand to such a giving organization. As stated by Orlando Division manager, Keith Reece, “It’s always an honor to help anyone in need. Our team looks forward to future opportunities to help Edgewood.”

2015 Golf Magazine National Dream House

Imagine waking up in your luxurious home, situated on the 14th hole on the Talis Park golf course in beautiful Southwest Florida. That is exactly what Golf Magazine had in mind when they teamed up with Talis Park and developer Kitson & Partners to create the 2015 Golf Magazine National Dream House, located in Naples, Florida.

Gulf Western Roofing & Sheet Metal in Bonita Springs was honored to be chosen as the Roofing Contractor for the house, which is a dream home for any golfer enjoying the Florida lifestyle.

The two story home has four bedrooms, four full baths, a formal living room, large island kitchen, study with dual-sided fireplace, wine room, upstairs game room, two radial wet bars, an outdoor kitchen and a three-car garage, including a separate golf cart garage.  The luxurious home was fit with a flat cement tile roof, perfect for the homes upscale exterior and recommended for long lasting protection from Florida’s blazing sun.

The 2015 Ultimate Golf House was revealed during the Lucas Cup, a popular charity pro-am that takes place in Talis Park. The Lucas Cup, hosted by former PGA Tour professional and Golf Channel analyst Mark Lye, raises funds and awareness for Juvenile Diabetes in honor of Lye’s son Lucas who has Type 1 diabetes.

The Talis Park golf course is regarded as a local legend, being continuously ranked as one of the top residential courses. Opportunities to enjoy the lavish lifestyle offered at Talis Park are hard to come by. All home sites, including the dream home, have been sold. And it’s no wonder; Talis Park is just minutes from the beach and the shopping, dining, and entertainment venues at Mercato, Coconut Point Mall, and Gulf Coast Town Center.

Gulf Western Roofing in Bonita Springs is grateful for the opportunity to undertake such a spectacular project. We pride ourselves on our superior workmanship and eye for detail. We are certain that this new construction project is sure to provide the owners with a lifetime of relaxed comfort and amenities!

Gulf Western Roofing Providing a Safe and Healthy Workplace

Gulf Western Roofing is committed to conducting routine training to ensure proper compliance and to uphold our mission for providing a safe and healthy work environment. We value all of our employees both on and off the job as we are committed to providing the necessary training for a healthy workplace. This is why, at Gulf Western Roofing, we are dedicated to providing OSHA compliance training.

OSHA Training

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization that requires employers to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. This is done by the requirements for enforcing the standards and providing workplace safety training. Gulf Western Roofing has established regular internal training sessions for employees in an effort to support proper safety and wellness procedures while on the job.

Our training, which is provided by Hollis Grady, takes place for each division within Gulf Western Roofing twice a year, or once every six months. Hollis Grady, a retired OSHA inspector, is now President of Genesis Safety Support Management.

Courtesy of Hollis’ LinkedIn Profile, “As an OSHA Safety and Health Specialist through enforcement, coaching and compliance assistance, I am able to assist employers in their effort to maintain a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment. My investigative skills are required in fact finding to establish the root cause of worksite fatalities and catastrophes.”

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Hollis uses a field tailgate training system that he created to offer portable training of companies like Gulf Western Roofing. He states, it is, “A tailgate training system invented by Genesis to deliver timely and quality training to all employees,” which is also a mission at Genesis.

Each meeting with Hollis involves a detailed presentation about the importance of OSHA, safety guidelines, injury prevention, and the latest OSHA policies and compliance procedures.

Daily Safety Inspection

Along with the critical training received by Hollis, Gulf Western Roofing has developed their own internal safety guidelines and procedures. Contractors complete a daily safety inspection sheet. Supervisors check this off each day to ensure that their crews are following the safety guidelines. Some aspects of this daily signoff includes:

  • General safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ladder Safety
  • Hand and Power Tool Safety
  • Hazard Communications and Flammable Safety

In addition, Gulf Western Roofing field supervisors also provide safety training with the crew once a week. These “Toolbox Talks” sessions are presented with a different topic each week and all attendees are expected to sign off that they have attended this session.

Gulf Western Roofing remains the gold standard in contractor roofing within the state of Florida. This is done in part because we remain ahead of changing procedures and policies and make safety and healthy work conditions a critical foundation. We put our employees first and are dedicated to arming them with proper training on the best safety practices in the industry. Our employees are our most valuable asset. Their safety is our uppermost priority.

Can You Put a Price on Integrity?

It is always important to know the financial stability of any contractor you are hiring. Roofing is no exception. Your roof is like the tires on your car. You never think about it until something goes wrong! A roofing contractor’s job is not complete once the roof is on. If your contractor goes out of business, they won’t be able to fix your roof. Various problems may occur with your roofing system and it is important to be able to have them addressed quickly and efficiently.

In the Great Recession, many roofing contractors were forced to close their doors. But Gulf Western Roofing weathered the storm. Sure, we had to tighten our belts like everyone else as the economy soured, but we never made a cost cutting measure that affected our customer service. Not to mention, we never had to close down for budgetary reasons. Not even for a single day. We’re very proud of that.

Gulf Western Roofing’s financial strength and stability are unmatched in our industry, thanks to a conservative and disciplined long-term approach to managing our business. We pride ourselves on our diligence and record keeping because we know how important it is for our customers to trust our finances. In fact, recently our accounting department found an error during our year end process in which a national builder had overpaid us by $121,000. GWR reached out to the builder and discovered they were completely unaware of the overpayment. We swiftly returned their funds in full. Our customers are important to us, which is why we strive to earn and keep their trust.

Unfortunately, there are instances when some contractors aren’t able to pay for the materials they’ve used, and they’re not able to pay those workers who have installed them. The fact of the matter is, no matter how good the craftsmanship, when a contractor falls behind on paying his bills, those to whom he owes money, such as suppliers and subcontractors, can place a lien on your property. At Gulf Western Roofing we always pay our bills! We even provide written lien waivers, which is our promise that we’ve paid our suppliers and subcontractors. Our written lien waivers are your legal guarantee that you won’t have to pay twice.

Gulf Western Roofing is fully licensed and insured, and has been in business for over 16 years. Since 1999, we have stood above other Florida roofing companies due to our skilled workmanship, fair business practices, superior customer service and professional project management. From repairs and re-roofs to new roof construction, we’ve got the experience, knowledge, and results you can rely on for your residential or commercial roof.