We’ll Tell You the Truth About Your Roof

With El Niño causing multiple tornados and severe storms, this winter proved to be a turbulent one for Florida residents. Not to mention, the state kicked off the spring season with a string of storms that brought hail to some parts of Central Florida.

After a severe storm, it is always important to have your roof inspected for damage. In addition, homeowners need to be on the look out for roofing scammers, most often known as storm chasers. Storm chasers are notorious for following the path of a storm looking for homeowners to exploit. Because they’ll be leaving the area soon after putting on your roof, there is no incentive for these “contractors” to do the job the right way. By the time you notice that there’s a problem, they will be long gone!

In order to avoid being caught in a storm chaser situation, or even an insurance scam, Gulf Western Roofing suggests that every homeowner take the following steps:

  1. Do the Proper Research
    Go online and look through the reviews on the contractor. Be immediately wary of anyone with multiple complaints. Don’t be afraid to ask around either. At times, word of mouth can be the best source of information. Seek recommendations from friends, neighbors, or relatives.
  1. Get Everything in Writing
    Make sure to have a detailed list of the work that is to be done. Always read the fine print and never sign the contract unless you understand all of the details. A good roofing contractor should be able to explain the entire process without leaving any holes.
  1. Beware of Red Flags
    If a contractor is not affiliated with any recognized trade association, such as the Florida Association of Roofing Professionals (FRSA) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), you cannot be absolutely sure that will have high standards for business practice. Also look out for contractors that are asking you to pay in full before doing the job or making any repairs. Finally, NEVER, under any circumstances, should you hire a contractor whose license or insurance information cannot be verified nor can they provide any references for similar jobs.

Gulf Western Roofing understands how stressful it can be to have to file an insurance claim. Yet the unfortunate circumstance is that there are roofing contractors who will use scare tactics to pressure homeowners into signing a contract with them. All too often have we been called out to a residence with minimal damages, only needing a small repair, yet another roofing company has told the homeowner that their entire roof needs replacement.

In addition to being licensed and insured, Gulf Western Roofing is locally owned and operated, doing business for over 17 years. We are also NRCA and FRSA affiliated and Better Business Bureau accredited. We’re in this for the life of your roof. At Gulf Western Roofing, we value our customer loyalty as well as our integrity. We’ll always tell you the truth about your roof!

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.

Gulf Western Roofing: Our Story, Our Commitment

Who is the go-to contractor of choice for Florida’s leading homebuilders? The answer is simple: Gulf Western Roofing.

Since 1999, Gulf Western Roofing has been providing high-quality residential and commercial roofs in tile, metal, shingle, EPDM, and TPO. From flat roof assessments and repairs to installation of virtually every type of commercial roof, Gulf Western Roofing is committed to excellence, superior customer service, and exceptional results. Gulf Western Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor.

So what is our story?

Gulf Western Roofing, Inc. was founded in Naples, Florida, in 1999 by Joseph K. Lamb Jr. Sensing a need for a contractor who was both familiar with high-quality roofing and also based in the local area, Mr. Lamb forged to make Gulf Western Roofing and its superior standards the leader in the fast-growing Southwest area for contract roofing. Mr. Lamb made it his mission to become the most respected roofing contractor in the area.

Fast forward 16 years later, Mr. Lamb’s vision has allowed Gulf Western Roofing to fulfill its promise and build its reputation, providing quality professionalism, service, and support in a manner seldom seen anywhere.

But why choose Gulf Western Roofing?

Gulf Western Roofing is all about creating lasting relationships. Many of the largest and most prestigious builders in the state — and the nation — have entrusted their work to Gulf Western Roofing. Our commitment and agreements with builders is all built on trust and collaboration. From major residential homebuilders such as Pulte/Cenex, Stock Development, and Del Webb, to commercial contractors such as T.W. Friers, Owens-Ames-Kimball, DeAngelis Diamond, and the Henning Group, Gulf Western Roofing continues to build an impressive roster of clients.

Whether you’re a residential home owner looking to replace a weathered roof or a commercial builder in need of roofing repairs, Gulf Western Roofing is committed to uploading their promise of high-quality practices, core values, and standards of excellence. We provide unbiased, customized solutions based on your specific needs, bringing years of experience with every possible roofing situation. When you work with Gulf Western Roofing, you can expect extensive surveys, life expectancy models, repair Return on Investment (ROI) analysis and repair versus re-roofing evaluations.

If you are in need of a roof replacement, Gulf Western Roofing provides detailed information for each type of roof, while assisting you in deciding which commercial roofing solution is best for your facility. You can expect prompt and proficient customer service, dedicated service crews, and extensive before and after documentation. Gulf Western Roofing installs approximately 2000 roofs per year. Each roof we install receives a five-year warranty with an optional upgrade to our amazing 20-point assurance maintenance program (RAMP).

So that’s our story.

It’s a simple one and that’s for a reason. Gulf Western Roofing is about providing excellence through simplicity. We love residential and commercial roofing. It’s that passion and dedication to our clients that have made Gulf Western Roofing an industry leader in contractor roofing within the state of Florida.

We will have more information to share in our blog space and on our social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest in the coming weeks and months. The Marketing team at Gulf Western Roofing is committed to bringing our story to everyone who will listen. We are proud of the company Gulf Western Roofing has become and want to extend our mission to the entire industry. There will be helpful hints about roofing, more insight into the quality standards upheld by each and every member of the Gulf Western Roofing family, and other little goodies and nuggets that will have the entire industry talking. We look forward to your continued support and as always, we appreciate your service!