Don’t End Up Helpless: Use Bird Deterrents on Roofs

We watch from our windows as birds fly free in the air.  They might look innocent and peaceful from afar but when they settle on a roof that impression becomes an illusion. Don’t be fooled.  Keep them away or they’ll cage you in.  Here’s how:

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Birds migrate north in Spring looking for a place to nest.

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They find a perfect spot on your property’s roof and set up home. You don’t see it happening. There are a lot of good spots on a roof, in vents, chimneys, eaves troughs, soffits, etc. Their nests cause damage related to where they are.  For example, if they’re nesting in a gutter, water won’t drain properly and the back up could cause damage.

 

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They get loud, smelly and destructive and your hands are tied.

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Birds carry over 60 known transmittable diseases. Anyone can contract disease through physical contamination or inhalation.

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Their droppings are corrosive and can can melt through metal vents and roof membranes. They accumulate around the building setting you up for more than just work orders and complaints;  Droppings cause slips and falls as well as vehicle damage.

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They are protected by law so you can’t remove them.  Read more here.

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It makes you wonder why we even need birds in our lives.  Well, we do because they pollinate by spreading seeds, relocate fish eggs, eat mosquitos and other annoying insects and control weeds.  They even clean up animal carcasses our break down our garbage and waste. We need them but we have to keep things friendly.

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The only way to protect roofs from birds is with deterrents. There are several types including netting, bird spikes, and bird spiders and bird shock electrical tracks, which condition birds to stay away from the buildings by giving a mild shock when they land.

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Detail Roofing now makes custom bird deterrents designed to fit perfectly on any roof and without having to wait on a supplier.

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Three Things your Condo Corp Wishes You Would Say

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It’s not easy being on the Condo Corp Board.  The decisions they make will never please everyone. This is where the Property Manager comes in.  They look to you for advice and your opinion has more weight than you might realize.  When the board can lean on you to communicate the tough realities, they will smile on the inside and say to themselves “thank you for saying what I wish I could say”.

Here are the top three:

“You Need Regular Roof Maintenance”

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While prudent members know that roof maintenance is the best way to control asset value, a lot of them see it as an expense that will drive up their fees.  “Let’s do it next year” they’ll say.  This is where it’s difficult for the council to stand their ground.  Year after year the voices in the back of the room chant “put it off…next year… next year.”

Roof maintenance is the easiest way to extend the life of a roof.  So if they’re looking to put off anything, it should be the roof replacement – and that’s only possible if the roof is in top shape.

“Don’t Settle for the Lowest Bidder”

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When the time comes for a large job or roof replacement, the board wants to hire the best contractor so the job gets done right.  Unfortunately not every resident agrees.  See this example of a roof that only lasted seven years. Saving in the short-term might make sense to some, however:

1. Additional costs can add up immediately with a low-bidder.

2. Anyone invested in the building for any length of time will want to reduce risk.

“Keep an Adequate Replacement Fund”

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Often the reserve fund initiates eye-rolling and arguments. It’s a subject most condo boards don’t want to bring up. You can explain it for them with these points:
1. The gratification comes later when you don’t have to worry about a large repair or replacement.
2. An adequate reserve fund adds value to your investment.
3. This is the great benefit of condo ownership: They pool funds so they have access to amenities and services they might not otherwise afford AND avoiding unexpected cash outlays.

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