Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance

Leaves and debris have a tendency to build up in your gutters and downspouts. When not cleaned out, this debris prevents water from flowing freely and can cause damages to your roof and fascia board.

So how often should you clean out your gutters and downspouts? AT LEAST once every year, but it would be a good preventative maintenance habit to do so during the spring and then again in the fall. Because fall is here, we’ve offered some helpful tips for tackling your gutter clean out:

  1. First things first- safety is the most important. Make sure that your ladder is the right size and that you and the ladder are properly tied off.
  2. Start with the areas near a downspout.
  3. Remove the large debris first
  4. Flush out the gutters by running a hose at the end opposite of the downspout.
  5. If water is not draining, the downspout may be clogged. Try using a hose attachment with more pressure or use a plumbers snake tool to clear the blockage.

We understand that cleaning your gutters is a daunting task. It can also be very dangerous if you’re not comfortable on a ladder. To avoid the risk, call your premier Florida roofer, Gulf Western Roofing. In fact, our Roof Assurance Maintenance Program (RAMP) includes a gutter and valley clean out with the purchase of our white or blue key levels. We’ll be able to clean your rain gutters quickly and safely, keeping your roof protected from rainwater.

What’s That Stuff Growing on My Roof?

Most people think it is black or dark green mold, but actually, it is a prehistoric bacterium called Gleocapsa Magma. Gleocapsa Magma is the cyanobacteria responsible for the black and dark green stains often seen on roofs. It is transported to roofs primarily by wind, rain, insects, and animals.

In addition to causing unsightly streaks and stains, these bacteria can also wreck havoc on your roof. The growth of Gleocapsa Magma is most accurately described as colonization. These bacteria grow on and within tiles and shingles, dissolving and extracting the mineral components. Overtime, Gleocapsa Magma begins to break down the contents of your tiles or shingles by feeding off the minerals embedded in them. This negatively impacts the structural integrity of your roof and has also been known to increase air conditioning bills and lead to more frequent roof repair and reconstruction.

Unfortunately, Florida’s climate makes the growth of these bacteria very common. The good news is, there are a few options for protecting your roof from damages caused by Gleocapsa Magma:

  1. In the short run, pressure washing can be the least expensive. For a little over $100, you can pay someone to get on your roof every so often to remove the bacteria. However, these results will typically only last 6-12 months. We wouldn’t suggest letting just anyone on your roof to do the job either. It is always best to hire a licensed and insured roofing contractor to pressure wash your roof. That way you know your roof will be cleaned in a safe and professional way without damaging the roof materials or using harsh chemicals.
  2. Roof-A-Cide® is a non-toxic algaecide that can be easily applied to your roof after cleaning. Although Roof-A-Cide® is a bit more costly than pressure washing, when applied properly by a trained professional installer, it provides guaranteed protection for at least two years. Not having to pressure wash for two years can end up saving you money and can protect your roof from the damaging affects of constant pressure washing.
  3. nansulate-with-and-without-moldAlthough more costly upfront, Nansulate® Crystal’s 10-year warranty and energy saving benefits can end up being the most cost effective option for preventing Gleocapsa Magma. Crystal is a thermal insulation coating that provides energy saving insulation, UV protection, mold and moisture resistance. Customers for over a decade report payback from energy savings in 3-5 years. Click here for more information on the benefits of Nansulate Crystal.


Each of these options can also be purchased as an additional item with any of our Roof Assurance Maintenance Program (RAMP) packages. The purchase of any additional menu option will reduce the cost of the program. Whichever option you choose, you can count on the experts at Gulf Western Roofing to provide you with the most reliable service!

What’d that Roofer Say? Roofing Terminology Defined

Have you ever wondered what a roofer meant by a ‘hip’ or ‘valley’? Are you confused by the difference between a ‘rake’ and a ‘ridge’? Have you always been curious as to what a ‘gable’ is?

As with specialists in most industries, roofing contractors have developed their own lingo over the years for ease of communication. Doctors, artists, lawyers, and even diner workers use words and phrases that are unique to their line of work simply because it makes things go faster.

For instance, it would be both tediously repetitive and a waste of time for a supervisor to ask his crew to, “please install an asphalt-impregnated mat of interwoven organic and inorganic fibers into that depressed angle formed by the meeting of those two adjoining but differently-faced roof planes.” No, it’s far easier to say, “Guys, put some felt in that valley.”

Gulf Western Roofing is currently in the process of adding and maintaining a full glossary of roofing terms to our website. The next time a roofer talks about a fishmouth, gambrel, or a cricket, you’ll know exactly what they mean.