In the world of winter maintenance, snow and ice take top priority. While it is easy to get stuck on salting and shovelling, there are other things that demand your attention. A bit of sunshine is enough to warm a frigid day but it is also enough to melt snow. Calling in a snow removal company to clear away your sidewalks and driveways helps at the ground level but having it pile up on your roof is a whole new world of problems. When melt and moisture is getting the best of your home or workspace, our team of experts can lend a helping paw!
Roof and Gutter Cleaning
As much as you might not like it, there is no stopping the snow from falling. Whether it is an inch or a foot, having buildup on your roof is trouble. When temperatures are low, snow stays stationary but during warm spells, you can expect melt. Roofing is designed to let water roll off and down. Without somewhere to go, this excess moisture can pool around foundations, leading to leaks, flooding and water damage. This is where perimeter drains come in handy! Whether you call them gutters or an eavestrough, this outdoor drainage is one of the most important features that your property has to offer – so why not treat them that way?
Over the course of the year, organics and other debris find their way into both the opened and covered parts of your drainage system. Castoff from nearby trees, like needles and seed pods create a foundation inside drains. This foundation then traps and holds other, lighter items like leaves and twigs. This much debris prevents water from passing through systems, so it pools. The weight of sitting water can mean bowing and breakage but it also means softened materials and rot. Prevent damage and unnecessary repairs by having a Gorilla clear a path for you.
Any Time, Any Property Type
Our property maintenance experts recommend gutter cleaning in the spring and in the fall but there is never a bad time to clear these spaces out. With the right tools, technique and safety precautions, our Gorillas can handle homes, commercial spaces and even strata properties. Whether you were able to get ahead of winter weather or are trying to contend with it now, professional services can keep your home or workspace running smoothly.
People travel for thousands of miles and pay big money to spot a Gorilla in the wild but in North America it is not that uncommon. No, we aren’t talking about primates, we are talking about our highly skilled team of property maintenance experts. In an industry flooded with maintenance firms, it can be difficult to know one from another. Luckily, we have come up with a three-step system to help you determine whether you are looking at one of our Gorillas: The outfits, the wheels and the results.
Uniforms: One aspect of being a professional is looking the part. Instead of blending in with our environments, Gorillas like to stand out. Our team colours are bright orange and black. This combination isn’t only dynamic, but it helps clients identify us. No one wants to come home to see strangers trailing over their lawns or walking over rooftops. Driving up to a hardworking team member in a familiar uniform is much more comfortable. This is also true for late night services like snow clearing. If you happen to wake up while our experts are working, you never have to worry. Just take a look, spot the tech and rest easy.
Vehicles: Our Gorilla Mobiles are functional but they are also flashy! Instead of a boring visual, our vehicles are outfitted with logos, contact information and bright colours. In the same way that uniforms help to pinpoint our pros, so do our wheels. In addition to looking great, these mobile work spaces are outfitted with top of the line tools for any service you might need. It might seem impossible to fit safety equipment, tools, ladders and water supplies into this space but we’ve managed to get the job done.
Results: Even if you happen to miss the bright fabrics and vehicle wraps, you can always tell when a Gorilla has been by. More than anything flashy, our results speak for themselves. The most eye-catching thing around your property will be your clean roofs, graffiti-free walls or pressure washed porches.
A drop in temperature might keep most residents stuck indoors but it does not deter street artists. No matter the time of year, graffiti is a serious problem for property owners. Whether you are dealing with unwanted paint jobs at home or work, graffiti is always bad news. Even a small tag can drag down curb appeal, drive customers away and mean more work for property owners. Instead of letting a bit of vandalism make a statement about your space, call a Gorilla instead.
Many artists are passionate about their craft but some are just looking to make a statement. An unappealing design is one thing but offensive drawings or hate speech is even worse. It is easy to see why quick action is necessary but trying to rush the process with Do-It-Yourself techniques is never a good idea. Even with the best of intentions, an amateur approach can do more harm than good. Regular paint thinners will cause stains to drip down walls, extending stains and making the stain bigger. Even if you do manage to contain the discolourations of the main design, there is always overspray to contend with. Leaving overspray behind creates a sort of reversed shadow, leaving an outline of where the design had originally been.
The Trick to Proper Removal
One mistake that many property owners make is to assume that all spray paint is creating equal. Each type, style and brand of these has its own attributes and these are what make proper removal so tricky. Some paints might be water-soluble while others are designed to withstand rain. After years in the industry, our team of Gorilla experts treat stains not only based on the condition of your paint but of the condition of your property as well. Instead of pointing and shooting a pressure washer, only to cause damage, full assessments are included in every service. Our Gorillas are also fully insured for anything that might happen while they are on the job.
If your property is making the wrong statement, let us help change the tone! Whether it is new paint, old paint, simple stains or more complicated designs, there is nothing that our Gorillas can’t handle.
Clearing snow buildup off of a single walkway might be a minor inconvenience but larger, commercial spaces are in a league of their own. Driveways and walkways around homes need to be cleared away for guests and visitors while a blocked entrance can make or break a work day for businesses. Trying to take care of complicated pathways or large areas like parking lots can be overwhelming, taking hours and hours of manual labour. Instead of spending your time and energy stuck outside in the cold, have a Gorilla handle snow and ice removal around your commercial property.
Navigating the Winter Season
No matter where you are in the world, winter packs a punch. Some cities might be dealing with large dumps of snow while others only have to contend with a drop in temperature. No matter which sort of season you are dealing with, there are always maintenance issues to consider. From snow buildup to ice formation, there is always something that needs your care and attention. Passing a shovel over concrete or throwing down a fistful of ice is not enough to get the results that you need and that is where our experts come in.
For those winter wonderlands, our Gorillas are outfitted with top of the line tools to treat any property type. From snow blowers to plows, there is no space too large for our highly trained team. The right machines are great, but there is no tool more effective than the right sort of knowledge. After years in the industry, our specialists know all the tricks to get the right results for properties in our area. Laying down ice seems simple but it is more of a science than meets the eye. When you want the best results, it is important to look at the angles around your space and where moisture and snow melt might collect.
Life for business owners is complicated enough without having to worry about their property maintenance. Instead of starting your day with an unwelcome surprise, our experts offer up 24/7 emergency services. If there is a storm overnight, Gorillas will arrive at your property with the right tools and plan of attack to get your space cleared quickly and effectively. Blocked walkways can mean heavy fines and by-law violations. Don’t get caught with unnecessary costs when there are always Gorillas patrolling your neighbourhood.
The last days of Fall might be dwindling down to a close but that doesn’t mean that it is too late to check property maintenance off of your to-do list. Watching the leaves change colours is great but it doesn’t do much good if you can’t see them. Wiping glass seems like a simple fix for dirty windows but it is not enough to maintain an overall good condition. Before snow and ice buildup make this chore more difficult, have a Gorilla handle your window cleaning needs.
Why Regular Cleaning Is Important
Windows can seem solid to the touch, but they are not indestructible. A rogue baseball or accidental bump can crack glass, but force is not the only way to break windows. It might not seem like it but glass is a porous surface, meaning that when gunk, debris and buildup are left sitting against surfaces, they can seep inside. As foreign materials seep down into panes, they wear down on structural integrity. Weakened glass means easier breakage and can even spell destruction for surrounding areas like sills and frames. Routine maintenance makes it possible to keep an eye on conditions while still getting the results that you need.
It is easy to say that windows should be cleaned twice a year but getting the job done is not quite so simple. Exterior windows are often high up and require specialty tools to tackle streaks and stains. Added weight makes a treacherous action even worse! Even if owners or managers do hit those heights, there is no telling how their techniques will fare. Frantic wiping and friction means static cling, drawing airborne materials right back to surfaces. Ditch the DIY in favour of rubber tools and eco-friendly cleansers with a bit of help from a Gorilla.
The Gorilla Approach
In order to keep properties in their areas looking their best, our team of Gorillas offer up the option for scheduled maintenance to limit buildup and debris. In addition to environmentally conscious cleaning products and an experienced hand, each member of the Gorilla team is fully insured.
As temperatures take a turn for the low, winterizing becomes more and more important for both households and storefronts. It is easy to get caught up with prepping vehicles and weather stripping doors and windows but trickier areas are often left behind. Roofing, for example, is difficult to access and can be dangerous without the right safety tools and training. Instead of putting off treatment or taking a risk on slippery surfaces, have a Gorilla handle the tough jobs.
The Importance of a Clean Roof
Roof surfaces collect debris throughout the year but no season is as problematic as Fall. There is nothing as pretty as a landscape full of changing leaves but these views only last for a moment. Once bright colours have come and gone, property owners are left dealing with the dead and soggy debris that they leave behind. Instead of one large dumping of organics, debris falls little by little over time, layering over itself. Leaves, in particular, hold onto moisture which means even the most sensitive areas of your roof are being subjected to increased levels of moisture. This means that moss has ample opportunity to take hold and spread across roofing. This makes decking susceptible to damage, meaning unnecessary repair and even replacements.
The Advantages of Regular Roof Care
Your roof is one of the most important (and expensive) fixtures around your home or workspace. Keeping these in good condition can help to keep costs down while creating a warm and welcoming environment. At their best, roofs protect those inside from the outside elements but at their worst, rotten roofing can mean water damage, mold and even pest infestations. It is easy to assume that your roof is in good shape but without a proper view, you can never be sure. With proper, twice annual maintenance, it is possible to not only keep your surfaces clear but to keep tabs on the overall condition of your fixtures.
By choosing professional services, clients can rest easy knowing that they are getting the best in both results and safety. Moss can make shingles slippery, meaning an already dangerous chore is that much more dangerous. All it takes is one wrong step for a trip to the hospital. Leave the worries behind and opt for professional (and fully insured) practices instead.
With Halloween right around the corner, homes and storefronts are being decked out in scary looking decorations and spooky spiderwebs. The only thing scarier than a well-decorated house is a house that doesn’t need any decoration at all! Over time, discolouration, stains and unappealing additions build up around outdoor spaces but that doesn’t mean that your living space has to look like a haunted house. Just one Gorilla service can benefit the exterior of your home or commercial space but packages can make them look brand new again.
The Benefits of Bundling
Outdoor spaces are the unsung heroes of any property but they often don’t get the attention that they deserve. It is easy to miss buildup as it happens slowly and it is common to procrastinate with obvious stains like graffiti. Dressing up properties for the holidays gives owners, managers and even tenants a close-up of current conditions. If you are thrilled with the condition of your space, call a Gorilla to create a treatment plan that works.
Pressure Washing: A heavy hand can help to blast away stains and unwanted growth around more resilient materials. like concrete, patios or decking. Algae is a part of nature but it is important to keep it off of your property. In addition to ugly splotches across your space, algae creates slippery surfaces that can be health hazards. Don’t let unwanted organics leave your guests slipping and sliding when they can be sprayed away in one afternoon.
Soft Washing: Instead of high-pressure sprays, soft washing uses a gentler approach to clean away delicate materials. Stucco and vinyl siding might collect dirt and debris in the same way that concrete can but trying the same approach to removal can mean breakage. Clear away those cobwebs with an experienced house washing service.
Graffiti Removal: Vandalism can happen anywhere and at any time. The right type of tag might leave your space looking like an abandoned building. Don’t let ugly or offensive designs scare away guests or potential customers.
If your home or commercial space has been neglected, a mix of services can have them looking brand new again in no time at all.
As much as we hate to say it, winter is here! It might only be October but fall seems to have vanished in a flash, making way for snow fall. With heavy storms on the horizon, it is important to get ahead of the bad weather. It is no secret that certain parts of Canada see more snowfall than others but each and every province has to contend with ice and slippery surfaces. This is bad for homes but it is absolutely terrible for commercial properties. One slip and fall is enough to ruin a reputation or create major liability issues. Instead of being buried or suffering the consequences of slips, call a Gorilla for routine care of your outdoor spaces.
Say So Long to Snow
For many property owners, shovelling out sidewalks every once in a while seems like enough to keep their space safe, but this isn’t the case. Temperamental temperatures might be the norm but that doesn’t mean that they are predictable. The most common times for snow to fall are during late night or early morning hours. Getting up for work in the morning can be a real shock and most people don’t have the time to dig out their walkways. Procrastination is easy when it is cold outside. Putting off manual labour is the easiest thing that you can do but it does not take long for areas to become impassable. This is a problem for homeowners, tenants, passersby, clients and the city in general. Every city has their own by-laws about snow removal that come with hefty fines if violated. Save yourself the trouble and money by calling professional service before hand.
Any Property, Any Time
Scheduled maintenance is great for commercial spaces or more complicated areas. Parking lots and strata properties have got a lot of ground to cover, so it only makes sense to bring in the big guns. Our Gorillas are equipped with snow blowers, plows and good old fashioned elbow grease in order to get the best results possible for any space. Scheduled maintenance is not for everyone but that doesn’t mean that members of your community will be left out in the cold. The sun might come out during the day and while we are enjoying the warmth, snow is melting, only to re-freeze over night. Whether you are in need of a helping hand (or paw!) during the day, or night, that’s no problem! Our property maintenance experts offer up emergency call-out services 24 hours a day.
There is no question that our Gorillas do good work. With in-depth training and top-notch tools, there is no stopping our property maintenance specialists when they get going. Instead of keeping these skills all to ourselves, our Gorillas are popping into homes all over North America – but don’t worry! Instead of entertaining our specialists, let us entertain you on an episode of Dragon’s Den. That’s right, our team of property-loving primates are swinging through television studios in order to make an appearance on the award-winning show.
Mark Amery, director of Feels Like Friday Brands will appear before the Dragons October 17th on CBS. Amery braves Dragon fire in order to represent Gorilla Property Services and their sister brands. Championing a multi-pronged approach to property maintenance works to better serve communities by caring for their work and living spaces. Instead of getting stage fright, our Gorilla team members are happy to get up in front of those Dragons and show them what we’re worth.
If you are already a Feels Like Friday Client or are just a Gorilla enthusiast, make sure to tune to see exactly what makes our brands, services and staff members so special.
There are plenty of things to consider as Summer rolls into Fall, not the least of which is home maintenance. In order to keep your property in good condition throughout the year, gutter cleaning is a must. The “why” of cleaning out gutters is obvious, but the “how” and “when” can be tricky. Instead of struggling to find answers and techniques, have a Gorilla handle your perimeter drains instead.
Cleaning Clogs & Busting Blockages
Why: A clear drainage system is vital to keeping homes and businesses running. Organic debris and cast-off falls from surrounding plant life and onto rooftops. It doesn’t take long for opened drains to fill up. This means that rain. snow melt and other moisture cannot pass through. Sitting water attracts bugs, puts additional weight on fixtures, and softens construction materials, meaning damage.
When: There is never a bad time to have a Gorilla take a look at your drainage system, but our experts are busiest during Fall months. Going into Winter with a clogged system means snow melt has nowhere to go. With more and more moisture being introduced into systems, there is a greater chance of water damage, leaks and mold.
What: Blockages and clogs are made up of mostly organics and will depend on what plant types are lining your property. The prime culprits are leaves and twigs but needles, seed pods and even pinecones can all become lodged into drains and downspouts.
Where: Gorillas can handle residential, commercial and strata properties. Gutters line roofing, so they can be difficult to reach. With the right tools, it is possible to reach these heights without the threat of slips and falls.
Choosing Local Service
Larger, more corporate property maintenance firms might advertise well but choosing local has its advantages. When going Gorilla for your property maintenance, clients can expect timely service and expert results. Our specialists love their work and want to show it off! Instead of leaving our clients in the dark, Gorillas provide digital before and after photos.