Hurricane Response Plan


Peninsular Florida is one of the most beautiful parts of one of the most beautiful states in the nation. We’ve got plenty of sunshine, mild winters, tropical summers—it’s no wonder our area is one of the most desirable places in the United States in which to live or vacation.

But this paradise comes at a cost: hurricanes. Over the past several decades, Florida has been affected by an average of one hurricane or tropical storm each year. Some of the most notoriously destructive storms in U.S. history have passed directly through our area: Andrew in 1992; Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne in 2004; and, of course, the infamous Katrina and Wilma of 2005.

It’s pretty clear that our area is often in the path of some monstrous storms. And that’s why this Hurricane Response Plan was developed. Gulf Western Roofing believes that a maximum effort should be made to manage our mutual liabilities through preparation, communication, understanding, and cooperation with our valued customers. This will be distributed to key purchasing and operations people in your organization.


Low slope and metal roofs have one thing in common: many of the components are large and light, meaning that they readily become windborne missiles in the winds of a hurricane if loaded but not yet installed when a storm strikes. And besides the materials everyone knows about, many flat roofs also have multiple layers of lightweight insulation board with fiberboard overlays for roof performance, along with heavier roll goods. All these components need to be secured when a storm is approaching. Ideally, uninstalled roofing components would always be removed from the roof and secured on the ground. But since that’s not always possible given time and logistical constraints, those components will need to be secured in-place atop the roof. Proper execution of this plan will give us the time to secure those components. In general, the taller the building, the more likely material will be secured directly on the roof as downloading becomes more problematic. Pallets of material will be taped, wired, or otherwise secured to resist winds. Gulf Western Roofing’s Hurricane Response Plan was developed to address that liability. This Hurricane Response Plan is basically a three-step process whereby certain actions, or ‘responses’, are initiated at different points along a storm’s possible track toward Florida. These steps, or ‘phases’, are defined on page 6, and shown graphically on the chart below. Calculations for the stages are based on an average forward speed of 15 mph, and a typical size of storms affecting Florida. Gulf Western Roofing’s Hurricane Response Plan will be implemented only for ‘hurricanes’ officially recognized as such by the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service, meaning that there are maximum sustained winds around the storm’s eye of at least 74 miles per hour. Obviously, adjustments will be made should a particular hurricane change to a condition that places it above or below the median statistics used in our calculations.


This action plan is based on typical hurricane growth and tracking. However, based on hurricane forecasts, Gulf Western Roofing reserves the option to proceed directly to any particular phase, bypassing any intermediate phase(s).


Defined as any area west of 59.5 degrees west longitude, east of 96 degrees west longitude, and north of 12 degrees north latitude not encompassed by Phase II or Phase III.

ETA: 72 hours

  • All jobsite and rooftop deliveries will be suspended except as needed to complete key areas.
  • Roof installation will continue so that as much roof-loaded material as possible is secured.
  • Customers will be notified of the suspension of deliveries.


Defined as any area west of 67 degrees west longitude, east of 92 degrees west longitude, and north of 20 degrees north latitude not encompassed by Phase III.

ETA: 48 hours

  • All installations already underway will be completed as much as possible.
  • Roof areas where installation is incomplete and can’t be finished will be ’tied-down” as appropriate to minimize wind damage.
  • Both roof and ground clean-up will proceed on all jobsites.
  • Customers will be notified of hurricane preparation progress.


Defined as any area west of 73.5 degrees west longitude, east of 88 degrees west longitude, and north of 22 degrees north latitude.

ETA: 24 hours

  • This stage will be initiated when a HURRICANE WARNING is issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
  • All in-progress installations will cease.
  • All roof-loaded but uninstalled tile will be securely bundled or wrapped.
  • All other remaining roof components (insulation, rolled goods, etc.) will be secured to the roof.
  • Any materials stored outdoors will be secured.
  • All jobsites will be cleared of any remaining roof debris


Events of nature require a vigilant pre-planned effort on the part of both Gulf Western Roofing and our customers. Our approach is to manage these events to minimize our mutual liabilities and to share the costs of this effort. In some cases, we may have individual customer agreements that take precedence over these charges.

Commercial and Residential Re-Roofs

  • We will supply all labor at no charge to secure the roof, but if additional equipment is required and can be scheduled in adequate time, i.e., lifts, cranes or other equipment, we will invoice at cost plus 18%.

Flat Roofs

Roofs less than 100 squares:

  • We will supply all labor at no charge to secure the roof, but if additional equipment is required and can be scheduled in adequate time, i.e., lifts, cranes or other equipment, we will invoice at cost plus 18%.

Roofs over 100 squares:

  • There will be a flat labor charge of $1000.00 but if additional equipment is required and can be scheduled in adequate time, i.e., lifts, cranes or other equipment, we will invoice in addition to the above flat charge at equipment cost plus 18%.

Tile Roofs

  • If we have loaded the tile at our schedule, we will bundle and tie all tiles on the roof that is not set at no charge to our customer.
  • If you wish to load tile at your schedule, we will bundle and tie all tile in accordance with our agreements with each customer.
  • If you require us to off load the tile from the roof, this will require a separate agreement with us when this plan is issued so we can plan accordingly, and will be invoiced at a charge of $30.00 per tile square to offload and then reload tile.

Metal Roofs

  • We will supply all labor at no charge to secure the roof, but if additional equipment is required and can be scheduled in adequate time, i.e., lifts, cranes or other equipment, we will invoice at cost plus 18%.


In the event of an approaching hurricane, the Gulf Western Roofing supervisor overseeing your project will contact you as each phase of this Hurricane Response Plan is initiated. However, please feel free to call that supervisor with any questions you may have. If you are having difficulty reaching your supervisor, please call our main office at (800) 277-0647.


The Hurricane Response Plan contained herein has been devised and prepared per request only, and not pursuant to any plans, laws, ordinances, codes, or any other governmental requirements known to Gulf Western Roofing. Gulf Western Roofing shall not be liable for any consequential or incidental damages to any building or structure, or person or persons, from any action taken or not taken by Gulf Western Roofing pursuant to this plan.

Does Roof Color Really Matter?

Basic physics behind light and colors tells us that dark colors absorb more of the light spectrum while lighter colors reflect more of it.

So just how much of an effect does the color of a roof have on interior temperatures?

You may be surprised to learn that the interior temperatures have more to do with the materials rather than the color.

When it comes to holding, dispersing, or radiating heat, different materials have different properties. Roofing materials with high reflectivity will reflect the majority of incoming light back out. Low reflectivity would cause the product to absorb heat faster which could raise the internal temperatures in the attic and home.

For example, most shingles have low reflectivity whereas metal roofs have a high reflectivity. With any reflective surface, the reflectivity is reduced when the surface becomes dusty, dirty, or covered.

It is also important to note that proper attic ventilation not only ensures minimal moisture build up, but also plays a large role in keeping the attic and home cool. Proper roof ventilation is significantly more important than roof color if you are concerned about keeping your Florida roof temperatures low. The better ventilated an attic space, the less likely it is that color will make a difference in the temperature of an attic. Roof ventilation can be achieved through the combined use of ridge vents, soffit vents and other features.

All in all, roof color alone has minimal effect on the overall energy balance of a well-insulated house. So when choosing the color of your next roof, we suggest selecting based on your personal preference.

Remembering A Friend

It is with great sadness that we recognize the untimely passing of one of our own, Javier Medina.

Javier worked with the Gulf Western Roofing team as a Field Supervisor. With over 18 years of roofing experience, Javier proved himself to be hardworking and diligent, carefully overseeing the completion of new construction projects in Southwest Florida.

Although his hardworking nature was unmistakable, Javier always allowed for his fun-loving personality to shine through, especially when it came to dancing. Javier was notorious for being the first on the dance floor at every party.

Most notable about Javier was his strong love of family. Coming from a big family as the only boy among nine children, Javier reveled in surrounding himself by his loved ones. His favorite times were spent with his two sons either playing in the pool or cheering on their favorite soccer teams, Real Madrid and Guadalajara.

This is truly a great loss for Gulf Western Roofing and the community. Javier will be remembered as an extraordinary person who had a smile for everyone. He was a pleasure to work with and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched.

Let us always remember Javier. He and his family will forever remain in our hearts.

Safeguard Your Home and Roof Against Summer Storms

Hot and sunny days are usually what come to mind when we think of Florida’s summer weather. But that’s only part of the picture. Summer also brings heavy rainfall and severe storms. Intense wind, rain, and thunderstorms have the potential to destroy your home. This summer, be sure to protect your home from damage with these suggestions.

Raging summer storms often come with heavy winds. A windstorm can easily turn your tree branches into flying missiles, threatening the safety of your home. Take preventative action by regularly maintaining the trees on your property. If you’re noticing any loosely attached branches, rot, disease, or a cluster of seeds/coconuts, take the time to trim them or hire a professional to do so.

During a storm, you’ll want to ensure that you have a solid roof over your head. Regular inspections, especially after severe weather, will help keep you dry. A quick inspection can even be preformed with your feet planted safely on the ground. Keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear such as broken shingles or tiles. Having a small problem repaired right away will save you from a costly fix down the line. And remember that after a storm, necessary supplies like tarps are scarce. It’s always a good idea to purchase tarps to have on hand in case of storm damage.

Make sure to clear dead leaves and debris from your gutters to direct rainwaters off of your roof and away from your home’s foundation. If rain finds a way into your home it can cause severe damage to furniture, appliances, belongings, and the structure of your home.

Broken windows and doors mean endless amounts of rain and debris entering your home. Not to mention, they can cost a pretty penny to replace. Protect your windows and doors by purchasing commercial storm shutters. You can also cut your own covers from exterior grade or marine plywood at least five-eighths of an inch thick.

Prepare for inevitable power surges and power outages. Power surges can potentially disable your electronic devices and appliances. Installing surge protectors can help prevent this but your best option is to unplug these devices in the event of severe weather. Power outages can take hours and sometimes days to remedy. Be sure to have an emergency kit containing battery operated lights and non-perishable food. Consider purchasing a generator as a source of electricity during an outage and remember, when using fuel-burning devices, such as generators or gas grills, keep them outdoors as they can produce carbon monoxide.

Getting your home ready for a storm takes time and effort. Don’t wait until it’s too late. This summer, put in the effort to keep your family safe and secure.

How Florida’s Weather Can Affect Your Roof

When you stop to think about it, we really do ask a lot of our roofs, don’t we? Consider this: a roof has to sit outside in all kinds of weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And after years of doing that, we expect it to not just protect us, our families, and our belongings from the elements- we expect it to look spectacular as well.

That’s an awful lot to ask.

Florida roofs have an especially harsh climate to deal with. True, we don’t get the massive snowfalls or the freeze/thaw cycles northern roofs are subject to. But with our blazing sun, frequent tropical downpours, hurricane winds, extreme humidity, occasional wintry blasts, bugs, birds, and salt air, roofs down here get a workout not seen anywhere else in the country.

And, of course, any single one of those can damage a roof, necessitating expensive repairs.

The main reason people flock to Florida is, of course, our beautiful sun. But that same sun can wreak havoc on any roof. Ultraviolet radiation- the culprit behind every sunburn- can also deteriorate asphalt- or plastic-based products over time. And not even concrete tile is immune to the ravages of the sun: over the years, exposure to UV can cause the color of concrete tile to fade. Of course, UV radiation is even more damaging to shingle roofs, especially older ones. Years of sun exposure can cause shingles to become thin and brittle, leaving them susceptible to other weather elements.

Testing has shown that when the Florida sun is almost directly overhead in the summer, the surface of a roof can reach close to 200 degrees. Making matters worse, a sudden downpour can rapidly cool that roof to room temperature in a matter of seconds. And this cycle can repeat itself dozens of times each month- sometimes even two or three times in a single day.

As you can imagine, this is very stressful to every component of your roof. Constant extreme humidity is another problem for Florida roofs. We’re surrounded by water and blessed with many lakes and swamps, but the ever-present moisture that results can compromise even the best-applied seams and seals.

That moisture can also lead to the runaway growth of moss, algae, and mildew. Besides being unsightly, such growths can trap moisture where it can cause rot and deterioration.

Wind is, of course, another major concern- especially winds that accompany the tropical storms and hurricanes for which Florida is infamous. A wind that blows strong enough can get up underneath tile, shingles, or other roofing components that were manufactured and/or installed to substandard specifications. And once those roof components are compromised, there’s nothing to slow down the possible destruction of the entire roofing system except blind luck.

Also, most roofs are designed to prevent the intrusion of rain that’s falling vertically, or nearly so. Wind-driven rain can approach a roof not just from the top, but also from the sides as well, and even from below in certain cases. And as you might imagine, water intruding into your home or business can cause many problems.

Salt air is still another problem for Florida homes and businesses, many of which are near the state’s abundant coastline. That salt can be corrosive to certain metal flashings and other roof elements, leading to premature leaks and other roof component failures. And even buildings far from shore are susceptible to salt air corrosion when a hurricane or tropical storm passes through, carrying salt-laden sea spray sometimes miles inland.

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.

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are a Florida favorite for their incredibly durable construction and aesthetically appealing design. And with Florida’s unique climate, tile is sought after for its natural resistance to sun damage along with its superior protection against rot.


Tile gives an appealing air of quality to almost any structure. While many homeowners associate tile roofs with a Spanish and Mediterranean style, tiles are actually available in a multitude of shapes, styles, and colors that allow homeowners to match the appearance of any home. To best fit a home, homeowners can choose clay, concrete or slate tiles in a variety of profiles and colors.

Pros vs. Cons

Although it is true that tile roofs are initially a lot more costly to install than shingle or metal roofs, they also last much longer. With proper care and maintenance, tile roofs have the potential to last up to 80 years. When you compare that longevity to the 10-15 year durability of some asphalt shingles, it’s easy to see how tile can pay off in the long run.

Traditionally, tile roofs are very heavy. Most tiles are made from clay, concrete or sand, but improvements in the manufacturing process have led to new lightweight versions of the tile which can be used on most structures without additional reinforcement. However, it is still recommended that homeowners meet with a structural engineer to ensure that their roof can handle the extra weight of tile.

Excellence Since 1999

If you are considering tile for your roof, take the time to hire a true tile professional. Gulf Western Roofing has been installing tile roofs across the state of Florida for almost two decades! Quality. Professionalism. Expertise. These are the values you’ll find with every Gulf Western Roofing installation.  

Maintaining Your Metal Roof

Metal roofs are a popular choice among homeowners due to their low maintenance and long life span. However, low maintenance does not mean they require no upkeep. Gulf Western Roofing and Sheet Metal is giving you some helpful maintenance tips to ensure that your metal roof provides you with the protection you demand of it.

  1. Hire an experienced roofing contractor.

Before we provide any further tips, we want to share how incredibly dangerous roof maintenance is, meaning that doing it yourself is not recommended. An experienced roofer will have the necessary experience and safety gear to complete the job correctly without disaster.

  1. Have your roof inspected.

Calling a roofing technician to inspect your roof regularly will help spot leaks and other signs of deterioration before they become costly. Not to mention, it is always best to have your roof inspected before and after a storm. An inspection beforehand will allow you to have potential problems solved before they become a greater threat. An inspection after the storm can address any areas where the weather has weakened the roof’s protective measures.

  1. Trim your tree branches.

Tree limbs that overhang your home can cause structural damage to your roof as well as the exterior of your home. Tree limbs also tend to drop moist leaves, twigs, etc. onto your roof, which can cause the metal to corrode and leak. Gulf Western Roofing recommends having a regular tree trimming routine or service to avoid the damages caused by overhanging branches.

  1. Clean your gutters.

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 metal roof. Cleaning your gutters regularly will help prevent build up.

  1. Have your metal roof periodically cleaned.

Again, working on a metal roof can be dangerous and the risks involved are not worth the end result. Working with a professional roofing service to have your metal roof cleaned will ensure that the roof is cleaned correctly without stripping the coating or causing other damages to the roof. Depending on the conditions around your home, metal roofing cleaning can be done every 3-5 years.

Maintaining your roof can be a dangerous and daunting task. To avoid the risks and the hassle, we recommend calling a local professional to maintain your roof. Gulf Western Roofing offers a Roof Assurance Maintenance Program with bi-annual inspections at a reasonable cost. We are locally owned and operated, doing business in Florida since 1999. In over 18 years of business we have learned that roof maintenance is a smart investment in prolonging the life of your roof.

Go Green This Spring!

It’s time to go green in Spring 2017!

This year, reduce cooling costs and protect surfaces from moisture, mold, and mildew with the combination of Energy Protect™ and CrystalShield™.

Apply Energy Protect to your walls, ceilings, or attic to serve as an insulating, mold resistant coating. Customers using Energy Protect report saving between 20%-40% on their heating and cooling energy costs. Energy Protect does more than insulate in a clear thin film, it is also mold, moisture, and UV resistant. Use on walls (interior or exterior), ceilings, ductwork, skylights, attics and more. The coating can be used over nearly any building surface type, including wood, brick, painted walls, drywall, concrete, and stucco.

CrystalShield™ cool roof coating is not just a reflective roof coating; it is an actual thermal barrier. Like other true insulators, it reduces heat conduction directly. Thus, it works both in the summer and the winter to lower energy costs. Another big cost saving benefit is that you have a cleaner roof. CrystalShield is naturally hydrophobic which means it acts as a mold-free roof coating to ensure no matter what type of roof you have, it’s a cleaner roof for up to 10-years or more. No more roof cleaner to hire every 1-2 years, which can mean roof or landscaping damage.

Together, these coatings act as an invisible thermal barrier for your home while providing the following benefits:

  • Energy savings
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Prolonged roof life
  • Clear finish that maintains the look of your home and roof
  • Mold and moisture resistant
  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Easy application
  • Cost effective with long-term savings

As an added advantage, these coatings are non-toxic, water-based green products. Unlike most coatings, these environmentally friendly coatings have low VOC’s which means your family, pets, and landscaping are all protected from harmful toxins.

Gulf Western Roofing is fully trained in the application of these products. The simple process includes cleaning your roof and/or home and protecting it with the thermal coating.

Contact us today for a free estimate!

Recognizing Hail Damage

During a hailstorm, your roof is vulnerable to damage and future repairs. Just how much damage depends on multiple factors including wind, size and density of the hail, and the type of roof covering.

The direction and speed of the wind can vary greatly during a hailstorm. Changes in the wind conditions can affect the severity of hail impacts. Wind damage alone can compromise a roof over time. If you have wind damage, you may spot areas of missing shingles but it is important to keep in mind that not all damage is visible from the ground.

The size of the hailstones have a large effect on the amount of damage. In a strong storm, hailstones can be greater than 1” in diameter which can cause severe damage. However, even hail that is less than 1” in diameter can be damaging when combined with strong winds. Hail damage is often easier to spot when it has been caused by hail that is 1-2” in diameter.

Certain building materials will absorb hail impacts differently. For example, hail damage to aluminum siding, gutters, or asphalt shingles will appear as a dent or a ding, whereas hail damage to vinyl siding or wood shakes will cause the materials to crack. It should also be noted that older roofs, or roofs that are not carefully maintained, are more susceptible to greater damages.

Unfortunately, hail damage can be hard to spot. There are other types of damage to shingles that can be mistaken for hail damage. Collateral damage such as dents on the metal caps, siding, and AC units can help identify hail damage and determine the size of the hailstones.

The most common hail damage is not obvious to the untrained eye but will shorten the life of your roof. If a recent hail storm hit your area and you are concerned about the condition of your roof, it is always best to call a professional roofing contractor. After any severe storm there will be fly-by-night roofers that will do the work quickly before fleeing town. Always be sure to hire a local and licensed professional with the proper certifications and proof of insurance.

The experts at Gulf Western Roofing are trained to recognize hail damage and we’ll be able to tell you whether or not the damage was severe enough to compromise your roof. At Gulf Western Roofing, we’re in this for the life of your roof. We’ve been around for over 18 years and we’ll be around for 18+ more!

The History of Gulf Western Roofing

Joseph K. Lamb, Jr., the CEO and Founder of Gulf Western Roofing, grew up with contracting in his blood. His father was the president of a very large building contractor on Florida’s booming east coast, and almost from the start, Joe Lamb was groomed to one day head up his own construction operation.

Joe was born in Washington DC.  As shown in the photo above, his uncle, Richard Lamb, and his father, Joseph Lamb Sr., entered the roofing business installing shingles, gutters, and flat deck hot asphalt applications on residential jobs in 1962. At the age of 8, Joe’s family moved to Davie, Florida, when his uncle and father purchased R&J Roofing. At the young age of 13, Joe started gaining experience in the roofing industry. Working under his father and uncle, Joe pressure-cleaned and repaired tile roofs, set tile, carried hot asphalt, did dry-ins and metals, and even helped haul pea rock in the dump trucks.

Joe attended Tulane University before transferring to the University of Florida to study Construction Management. He became a licensed roofing contractor in the 1980’s, then went on to acquire his building contractors license in the 1990’s. 

And so his learning wasn’t all from books, Joe also worked in both the office and the field. He spent time as everything from a laborer to a job foreman; from an estimator to an accountant; and from a salesman to a manager. Joe credits this all-around, hands-on experience with giving him a somewhat unique perspective on the industry, and the people who work inside it.

Joseph Lamb Sr. and Richard Lamb ran R&J Roofing until 1982, at which time Joseph Lamb Sr. formed R&J Roofing of Palm Beach, Inc.,  and moved the operation to Boca Raton. During this time, Joe was assigned as a project manager for the largest asphalt shingle project in the United States, The Bluffs in Jupiter, FL, a project by Burg and Divosta. R&J Roofing of Palm Beach started growing rapidly, eventually becoming R&J Roofing of Florida in 1993 and expanding to Naples, FL.

It was during visits to the Naples office and the surrounding area that Joe began thinking of striking out on his own. Captivated by the beauty and laid-back lifestyle of Southwest Florida, and looking for both a change and a new course for his young family, Joe made the decision to break from his father’s company and relocate to Naples, where he could start a new company entirely of his own.

 In 1999, Gulf Western Roofing was formed. The company began with a single client, a one-room office, and a lone computer, all inside a very small office in a Naples industrial park. Over time, word spread that there was a new contractor in town who had a different approach, and a better one. New clients were acquired, and that meant that new employees had to be hired, as Joe could no longer stretch himself thin enough to do all the management, accounting, and janitorial work on his own. One employee became two, two became four, and four became too many for the small office. Gulf Western Roofing now resides just off Bonita Beach Rd. and we have even added a second location in Orlando, Florida.

Throughout the years, Gulf Western Roofing has developed a sense of community by participating in many local charities including the Blessings in a Backpack program, Meals on Wheels, The Children’s Network of SWFL, and multiple charitable golf tournaments. They have also provided no-cost roofs for a local veteran in Southwest Florida, and a children’s ranch in Central Florida. In 2009 and 2010, Joe was also the business manager for Knox Academy, a private special education school in Bonita Springs.  

Aside from its community involvement, Gulf Western Roofing sets itself apart from its competitors by taking great pride in the roofs they install. They have maintained a high level of quality and integrity in their work for over 17 years, and have a well-known willingness to stand behind every single one of their roofs. At the same time, the company has also developed unmatched financial strength and stability.

In 2008, Gulf Western Roofing proved its financial strength by keeping its doors open during the deep recession, and even avoided undergoing massive layoffs and cutbacks. Anyone who is involved with, or even pays attention to Florida’s construction industry, has been witness to a bumpy ride over the past decade. From the heady construction boom of the early part of the century to the global financial recession, things have been anything but settled. Because of this, the roofing industry saw many once-major players stumble and fall by the wayside, but Gulf Western Roofing withstood the storm. In fact, many of the company’s current managers have weathered the boom and the recession right alongside Joe, celebrating over ten years with the company.

In founding Gulf Western Roofing, Joe has made it both his mission and the company’s to become the most respected roofing contractor in the area. By any measure, Gulf Western Roofing has been very successful in meeting that goal.