Protect Your Roof From Fourth of July Festivities

Fourth of July celebrations are notorious for barbeques, cold drinks, and fireworks. Although fun and pretty to look at, fireworks can be extremely dangerous and can pose hazard for your home and roof. This year, Gulf Western Roofing, a trusted local roofer, is offering the following suggestions to protect your home from damage caused by fireworks:

First and foremost, fireworks CAN set a roof on fire. Certain fireworks still burn once they hit the ground, and roofing materials made of wood are easily combustible. It is still equally possible for a roof to catch on fire even if it is not made of wood. If the roof is already damaged and there are missing shingles, the roof felt paper, which is easily combustible, becomes exposed.

When preparing for your Fourth of July celebration, make sure to cut back tree branches. A tree branch that is hanging too low on your roof could quickly start a serious fire that will easily spread to the rest of your home. It is a good idea to remove these limbs anyway in order to avoid damage during a storm. Other debris, such as pine needles and leaves are also flammable, which is why it is good to get into the habit of keeping your gutters clean and free of this dry matter.

And finally, as fun and exciting as it may seem in movies, Gulf Western Roofing suggests that you not attempt to climb on your roof to watch the neighborhood fireworks. For starters, climbing onto your roof is dangerous. It is too easy to slip and fall. Not to mention, when you climb onto your roof you always run the risk of causing damage to the materials.

As always, if you have any concerns about the current state of your roof, call the professionals at Gulf Western Roofing. With our years of roofing excellence in Florida, Gulf Western Roofing is uniquely qualified to check the condition or your roof, and make sure it continues to provide the protection and beauty you demand of it. Don’t trust just any roofer, trust the professionals at Gulf Western Roofing.

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours!

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Hurricane Season is Here! Are You Prepared?

As Florida homeowners, we really ask a lot of our roofs. Year round, your roof is exposed to blazing sun, tropical downpours, hurricane winds, extreme humidity, bugs, birds, and salt air. But even when we take these harsh conditions into consideration, we still expect our roof to provide the ultimate protection.

Truthfully speaking, your roof is your home’s first line of defense against a storm. Winds that accompany tropical storms and hurricanes have the ability to get up underneath tile, shingles, or other roofing components. Once those roof components are compromised, there’s nothing left to slow down the possible destruction of the entire roofing system. Not to mention, the wind-driven rain that accompanies these storms can approach a roof from all angles, increasing the possibility of water intruding into your home.

The older your roof, the more likely it is to be weaker and more exposed to winds and water damage. Which is why preparing your home for hurricane season is essential. With our years of roofing excellence in Florida, Gulf Western Roofing is uniquely qualified to check the condition of your roof, and make sure it continues to provide the protection and beauty you demand of it.

When it comes to hurricane season all too many roofing contractors are simply not prepared at all. Gulf Western Roofing is ready. Since opening our doors, we have operated under the Hurricane Response Plan (HRP) that we created. This HRP clearly outlines for our clients the steps that we will take if and when a hurricane is approaching, and at what point in a storm’s progress those steps will be taken.

To download a copy of our Hurricane Response Plan, click here: 2016 GWR Hurricane Response Plan

At Gulf Western Roofing, we’ve always felt that knowing what you’re going to do before you actually need to do it is vital for peace of mind- both ours and yours. Call us today to ensure your protection before, during, and after this hurricane season!