Importance of Attic Ventilation

To ventilate or not to ventilate? That certainly is the question amongst researchers.

Attic ventilation is a heavily debated topic. In the last several decades, building codes have demanded increased attic insulation yet there are still skeptics who say the benefits are overrated. The lack of agreement lies mostly in the fact that climates vary immensely, making it hard to find a solution that fits all areas. Continue reading “Importance of Attic Ventilation”

Understanding Roof Warranties

Understanding Roof Warranties

Just about everything on the market comes with a warranty these days. Limited lifetime warranty, extended warranty, system warranty: what does it all mean? And do we really need a warranty for everything? What we can tell you is that having a roof warranty in place is one of the best things you can do to protect your home from a worst-case scenario. Continue reading “Understanding Roof Warranties”

Common Roof Problems

There are almost an infinite number of things that could go wrong with your roof. While most of those situations are extreme cases, roofing issues are more likely to intensify when homeowners do not know what to look for. As a homeowner, the best thing you can do is educate yourself on some of the most common problems. Starting here will help to avoid the worst headaches and the most costly damages. Continue reading “Common Roof Problems”

Avoid Roofing Scams

Every line of business has its scammers. These scammers create horror stories that set a bad name for nearly every other company in that industry. The home improvement industry and roofing in particular are notorious for putting unsuspecting homeowners out of thousands of dollars or leaving the homeowner’s with costly damages. Understanding the signs of a roofing scammer can benefit homeowners and the roofing industry as a whole. Continue reading “Avoid Roofing Scams”

Protect Your Roof From Fire on New Year’s Eve

Much like the Fourth of July, New Years celebrations are commonly celebrated with 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 New Year’s 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. In addition to being licensed and insured, Gulf Western Roofing is locally owned and operated, doing business for over 17 years. We’ll always tell you the truth about your roof.

Happy New Years from our family to yours!

Holiday Do’s and Don’ts

During the holidays, the more lights and decorations on a home, the more memorable and awe-worthy it is. But what most homeowners don’t realize is that these decorations can actually compromise the integrity of their home and roof if not installed correctly. However, you don’t have to let the fear of harming your home make you miss out on the holiday fun; Gulf Western Roofing is here to offer a few tips to help you deck the halls without causing damage.

I’m sure many of us have seen the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and laughed along at the snowball of problems that Clark Griswold faces. Today Clark will be our shining example of what not to do when decorating your home for the holidays.

 

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DON’T use staples or nails to hang holiday lights.

Doing so will pierce through the surface of the roof, thus exposing your roof to the elements. Instead, purchase plastic clips, which are easy to use and allow you to secure your holiday lights without causing damages to your roof. For instructions, be sure to check out our how-to video.

 

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DO test your lights and electrical decorations before installing.

Before stringing your entire house with what you hope will be a beautiful spectacle of lights, it is always a good idea to test the strings. This will not only allow you to see that they are working, but it will also ensure that they are safe to use. Check not only the lights, but also the light sockets, cords, and plugs. To further help avoid a fire, shock or other dangers, be sure the lights have the UL label, which means the lights have been tested and meet strict safety requirements.

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DON’T overload your circuits.

It’s a good idea to limit the number of lights you use for your holiday display. Believe us when we say it is possible to create a dazzling display without blowing a fuse and causing other potential damages. For starters, try replacing your incandescent lights with energy-efficient LED lights.

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DO secure your ladder to the house or roof.

Ladders can be very tricky, which is why it is always a good idea to make sure they are secure before climbing them and trying to balance while hanging holiday decorations. Avoid hanging lights on parts of your roof that are dangerous or difficult to reach. And if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of being on a ladder, avoid doing so all together. Consider enlisting help from someone with more experience and confidence on a ladder

This holiday season, don’t be a Clark Griswold. At Gulf Western Roofing, we are eager to answer any questions you may have. Mike Wheatley, our State Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has been serving the residential and commercial roofing industry in the State of Florida for the past 25 years. Let us put that expertise to work for you.

What to Do When Your Roof Leaks

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Imagine waking up on any normal weekday and starting your morning routine. Just then, you see it- a puddle of water in the middle of the hallway. You start going through the checks, not wanting to admit that your roof may be leaking. “The dog? Spilt water?” But then, a drop of water falls from the ceiling and lands right in the center of this puddle.

First things first, don’t panic. In times like this, it is best to keep a clear head and walk through the following steps once a roof leak has been discovered:

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Minimize the Damage. Immediately do what you can to protect the interior of your house. Mop up the existing puddle and then find a large bucket or container to place under the dripping water. Any furniture or electronic equipment surrounding the area of the leak should be moved away or covered with plastic.

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Beware of Bubbles. If the leak has begun to pool in the ceiling, it will create a bubble or bulge. It is best to release the built up pressure before it bring your entire ceiling down. Use the tip of a screwdriver or a knife to puncture the bubble and allow the water to drain out.

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Find the Source. Many leaks come from the following areas:

    • Where roof covering is damaged or missing
    • Where flashing around chimneys, vents, or other protrusions is corroded or pulled up
    • Where nails have come loose and left behind holes
    • Clogged gutters

For safety reasons, Gulf Western Roofing does not recommend that any homeowner attempt to get on their roof themselves. However, you can try to do an inspection from the ground to see if any damages are clearly visible. Having this information will be helpful when you call in a professional. If you believe that your gutters are clogged, we’ve created a how-to article for cleaning them, which can be found here.

Keep in mind that your roof may not always be the source of a leak. Damaged internal pipes have a tendency to cause leaks as well. An honest and trained professional roofer like Gulf Western Roofing will be able to tell exactly what the source of your leak is.

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Call in the Professionals. Before attempting to fix any roof leaks yourself please stop and read this article to learn why DIY is not good for your roof. As stated before, Gulf Western Roofing will be able to verify the exact cause of the leak. We will then take the necessary steps to handle it properly, giving you the peace of mind that your roof was repaired correctly.

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When you see or hear the telltale drip of water from your ceiling, don’t panic. Call on the experience of Gulf Western Roofing for your Florida roof repair. We are locally owned and operated, serving our customers with integrity since 1999!

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Which Shingle is Right for Me?

Your roof is something you tend not to think about until you need a new one- but choosing a new roof is a very important process, one that can come with many advantages or disadvantages. Most homeowners are unaware of the many types of roofs that they have to choose from. We invite you to take a journey with us to explore the many shingle options that are available. Shingles can be made of asphalt, wood, metal, slate, or even concrete tile.


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Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common, mainly due to their relatively long lifespan, ease of installation, and inexpensive price. It offers three profile options and multiple color selections, creating an attractive look to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Although asphalt shingles are the most affordable option, they are also more susceptible to wind damage, and may decay in extreme weather instances such as hail. If you’re considering asphalt shingles, keep in mind that our Central Florida Division Manager, Keith Reece, has almost 15 years of experience in the roofing industry and has installed well over 1,500 shingle roofs.

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Wood Shingles

If you’re looking for a more natural, country-like feel with a lot of character, consider a wooden shingle roof, like the one seen in the 1970’s television series, The Waltons. Compared to asphalt shingle, wooden shingles are much more durable, and with proper maintenance, could last up to 50 years! They are also very easy to install and repair. On the other hand, wood shingle roofs are very susceptible to outdoor elements. Wood shingles are more likely to suffer from degradation by moisture, which may lead to mold and mildew; also, for clear reasons, they also have a very poor fire rating. Consequently, you do not see many wood shingles in the state of Florida.


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Metal Shingles

A relatively new shingle that is slowly increasing in popularity is the metal shingle roof. In contrast to wood shingles, metal shingles are highly fire resistant and require little maintenance. They will not rot or develop mildew, and they have the potential to last 25-100 years. Metal shingles also provides energy savings during the summer months due to their ability to reflect heat. Due to its material makeup and popularity, metal shingles are typically higher in cost and harder to find. If metal shingles are not installed properly you can have an acoustic issue in the building. Properly installed shingles will provide you with a quiet, peaceful environment.

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Slate Shingles

Consider this, the Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris was completed in 1160 and although the Cathedral has seen many wars, revolutions, fires and renovations, some of the original roof still remains. Slate shingles, like the ones seen on the Notre Dame Cathedral, provide the benefits of being waterproof, frost resistant, and fire resistant. However, slate shingles are justifiably heavier than other shingles. As a result, it’s important to ensure that the structure of your home is capable of handling the extra weight. Although this is the most expensive roof option, slate shingles are known for their aesthetic beauty and durability. With any roof covering, there exist multiple options to be considered, which is why it is always important to do your homework before making a decision. If you are interested in a slate alternative, synthetic slate shingles provide the same protection as a regular slate shingle, but with less weight and cost.

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Concrete Tile Shingles

Because tiles are not flexible, they cannot be considered shingles in the traditional sense, but they can be applied in a similar manner. Like slate shingles, concrete tiles are aesthetically appealing, and incredibly durable, but also come with added weight and cost. With proper care and maintenance, concrete tiles have the potential to last up to 80 years. However, when tiles do get damaged, the cost to fix them can be extremely pricey.
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No matter which shingle option you choose, it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages each option brings. While some options may bring cost savings up front, others may last longer and provide more savings in the long run. Always consult with an experienced contractor who can walk you through each of the available options in order to help you make the best possible decision.

At Gulf Western Roofing, we are eager to answer any questions you may have. Mike Wheatley, our State Operations Manager, has over 40 years of experience in the construction industry and has been serving the residential and commercial roofing industry in the State of Florida for the past 25 years. Let us put that expertise to work for you. Give us a call today to make the first step to a brand new roof.