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From Streets to Screens

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.

The 4 W’s of Gutter Cleaning

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.

Sayonara, Spray Paint!

Our Gorillas are always busy but it is graffiti removal that keeps us going. Out of all the services that our experts offer, graffiti vandalism is our most common call-out, and it is no wonder why! Whether you live in a small town or a big city, spray paint is sold just about everywhere. Any hardware or department store might as well be an art store for street artists and any blank wall is a canvas. Luckily for property owners, our Gorillas are ready to swing into action, eliminating paint new and old, for both first time callers and repeat clients.

Understanding Stains

Having graffiti splashed across your property isn’t just a stain, it is a message. Leaving paint to sit on surfaces allows visitors or potential customers to go by unsightly tags or designs, and that might just encourage them to keep walking! A drop in curb appeal or offensive marks are enough to encourage quick action but the trick to getting results is to call in the professionals! Instead of just getting rid of paint, our experts remove overspray, shadowing and help to prevent paint from coming back. The first step to getting results is to properly understand what you are up against. There are plenty of types of spray paints for artists to choose from, but they don’t shy away from more crude techniques – like permanent marker! Some of these are water soluble while others require a heavy hand. Being able to diagnose the type of paint that you are dealing with goes a long way to proper removal.

The longer that paint sits, the deeper down into façades that it goes. This makes it increasingly difficult to get rid of – but not for our Gorillas. After years in the industry, our specialists can assess your property and come up with a game plan that works. If you are a property owner or manager, you want the quickest process and the best results – that means calling a Gorilla.

The Gorilla Approach

The wrong approach to paint removal can mean bleeding and extensions of the stain itself. Our Gorillas don’t take any chances with improper removal but have created a system that works. Treating affected areas with a Gorilla foaming cleanser lifts and loosens easy to remove surface stains. Once these are brushed away, Gorillas get to work! Pressure washers are used to dig deep into hard surfaces in order to get rid of ground-in paint but the crowing jewel of our spray paint removal is an anti-graffiti coating. There is no way to completely stop graffiti vandalism from occurring but this simple addition can make it a much simpler process.

Sign Up For Soft Washing

A clean space can mean a fresh start but that doesn’t mean that you have to move! If your property is looking beat up or run down, let our Gorillas supply a clean slate with our soft washing services. Soft washing or house washing is used to strip years of dirt, grime and mildew from homes, businesses and strata properties without the risk of damage. A heavy-handed approach to outdoor cleaning can mean unnecessary damage or even bodily harm. Instead of taking the risk, get the most out of your construction materials with a bit of help from the professionals.

More Than Meets the Eye

The most common culprits of stains and discolourations around properties are dirt and organic growth. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, algae, moss and mold do not need much help in taking root across properties. All it takes is a bit of moisture for one small patch to form and before you know it, you are being overrun with unwanted growth. If left to sit, these splotches spread and become dangerous. Algae, for example, holds moisture against construction materials, meaning breakage and unnecessary repairs.

As a whole, property maintenance is complicated and full of moving parts, not the least of which is house washing. Now, this does not mean that this service is reserved for residential houses, but it can be applied to walls, decks, patios and exterior spaces everywhere. Instead of using high-pressure sprays to dig deep into cracks and crevices, low pressure sprays are the better option. A lighter touch allows water to carry disinfectant cleansers into dips and grooves. An expert hand can then spray away stains, leave your space looking brand new.

Getting Results

For many property owners, washing walls is a matter of pointing and shooting but this just isn’t the case. In order to get the right results, our Gorillas inspect, treat and inspect areas again! By attacking algae and discolourations in a multi-step process, homes and businesses are left looking their best.

Dealing With Dryer Debris

There are plenty of tasks to keep up with around multi-unit properties – so much so, that many of them are neglected throughout the day. For the most part, forgotten chores might mean a minor inconvenience for property owners or managers but some are more dangerous than others. Dryer lint might not seem like a health hazard but clogged vents around laundry rooms increase risk of illness and even fires.

Limiting Lint Build Up

With every load of laundry that passes through your appliances, bits of lint and other debris are left behind. Much of this debris is trapped within mesh lint traps but these screens can’t catch everything. The average household clothes dryer collects bits and pieces here and there, but heavy-duty use means more vigilance. Shared laundry facilities like those in apartments, condos, assisted living centres, hotels and even schools go through dozens of wash loads per day. The more loads, the more lint, the more strain on your appliances. Just because you can’t see buildup, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

What makes lint so dangerous is that it collects silently in hard to reach places. Even when traps are cleaned and the coast looks clear, blockages are still there. Dryer ducts and vents aren’t made up of completely smooth surfaces, which means damp dust and lint can stick and collect to sides. This makes your dryer vents ticking time bombs. As air becomes unable to circulate, mold forms in damp areas, Make life easier on your appliances, your lungs and on your wallet by calling in a Gorilla today.

Keeping Communities Clean

Instead of pushing blockages and clogs out of your minds, have a Gorilla push them out of your system all together. Our unique brand of dryer vent cleaning digs deep into systems in order to remove hidden blockages and buildup completely. In addition to sucking up clogs, the sides of ducts are also scrubbed clean to make sure that debris doesn’t start collecting again right away. For the right result that lasts longer, look no further than your friendly neighbourhood Gorilla.

Reinforcing Roofing

No one wants to admit that summer is coming to an end. While Canadians are trying to soak up those last days of sunlight and high temperatures, there are heavy-duty chores lurking just around the corner. That chill in the evening air might make property owners grab a sweater, but they should be grabbing a phone and booking appointments with our Gorillas. One of the toughest aspects of property maintenance are roofing needs. It is necessary to handle these high-up hassles but it is also dangerous without the right training and equipment. Tasks like DIY roof cleaning, moss removal and gutter cleaning are demanding and can mean slips and falls – so call a Gorilla instead!

The Consequences of a Cluttered Roof

Roofs are easy to ignore – after all, out of sight, out of mind. As roof maintenance falls to the bottom of the to-do list, organic debris is piling up on surfaces and inside perimeter drains. Leaves, sticks, seed pods and tree needles don’t seem like a threat from the outside, but even small items can mean big damage.

Roof Cleaning: Roofs are designed to stand up to the elements but they still need to be maintained. The obvious issue with a cluttered roof is the visual appeal – or lack of it! A blanket of debris makes your home or workplace look sloppy but it can also lead to structural damage. Organics hold onto moisture, trapping it against roofing surfaces. This puts pressure on shingling but it also paves the way for moss growth.

Moss Removal: Moss is beneficial out in nature but in the city, it is nothing but trouble. Moss is known as an invasive plant because it doesn’t stick to one area, but spreads as far as it can. If left unattended, this growth weaves over and under shingles and wears away at materials underneath. This means costly replacements of framework and decking.

Gutter Cleaning: The majority of perimeter drains are made up of a mix of both opened and enclosed areas. Opened areas let debris in while closed spaces keep blockages hidden. Over time, drains become heavier and can pull away from fixtures, causing damage. Damp, full gutters are also the perfect place for pests to call home. Avoid property damage and an infestation by calling in a Gorilla.

Don’t Wait For The Worst-Case Scenario

In order to keep your property running smoothly, our experts recommend twice annual service, in the spring and fall months. This level of care prevents unwelcome surprises and unnecessary damage. Each and every Gorilla is fully insured for property damage and bodily harm, so all that’s left for property owners to do is to sit back and watch their vision come to life.

A Clear Vision For Window Care

It is easy to overlook windows. At a glance, they aren’t much more than basic fixtures, providing a bit of sunlight and views. The truth is, windows do more than just that. When in good condition, glass helps to keep costs down, prevents damage and extends the lifespan of construction materials. The first step to property damage is not sweating the small stuff. Even a splotch or stain can mean a bigger issue down the line, so let a Gorilla help put things in perspective.

The Importance of Window Care

Every day, your glass is getting closer to an eventual crack or break. Glass is a porous substance, meaning foreign items have an opportunity to dig down into pores. After a while, this weakens materials. Most windows can take the odd tap or bump but when their structure starts to wear down, even a change in temperature can mean cracks and damage. When this happens, you are dealing with costly repairs, higher bills and even pest infestations.

So, how can a Gorilla make a difference? The key to keeping your windows not only clear, but solid is routine. It can be tough to juggle schedules and that is why our experts work with clients to make life easier. When it comes to window cleaning, the process is almost as important as the results. There is a right way and a wrong way to get your glass sparkling. The wrong way provides superficial results while the right way treats glass and surrounding areas. Wiping windows but ignoring sills and frames still leaves an opened pathway for damage. Rotted wood and peeling frames mean drafts or escaped air, driving up bills and dragging down curb appeal. Trust a Gorilla to keep you in good standing! Our experts have spent years in the industry, learning the ins and outs of every sort of window.

Gorilla Care

Routine maintenance is important but more important, is what that maintenance covers. Wiping down windows can create static cling, dragging dirt back nearly as soon as you clean it off. The right tools mean lasting results, but not everyone has tucker pools or rubber squeegees on hand. Instead of pushing build up into a corner, our Gorillas clean out every crack, crevice and angle. Windows up to four storeys no longer have to be neglected, but can get the attention that they deserve.

Attacking Algae

Canada is full of temperamental environments. No matter which province you are in, moisture, humidity and rain are never far behind. Damp days are inconvenient for residents but they can be downright dangerous for properties. Invasive growth thrives in these environments and can take over structures before you know it. Catching moss and algae before it spreads can mean the difference between damage and destruction; or a clean slate and welcoming space. 

Spotting Unwanted Growth 

Everyone knows that algae can form in pools and ponds but these materials aren’t restricted to water. It does not take long for these unwanted formations to spread against hard surfaces, concrete in particular. It is easy to forget just how much concrete makes up the average property. Walkways, paving stones, fountains, retaining walls, and driveways are all susceptible to growth. Each of these areas requires constant monitoring, which leaves owners running around like chickens trying to inspect and treat. Handling one area might provide a bit of temporary relief but while you are scrubbing away, there is another spot forming. Keeping up with growth can feel impossible, unless you call in a Gorilla. 

Algae looks terrible, but it also means damage. Concrete is a porous material so in addition to foreign items sitting on surfaces, they are seeping into pores. This means that moisture is transported inside and degrades even the hardest materials from the inside out. Taking the wrong approach to removal can chip away at worn concrete, causing damage. This is why algae removal should only be attempted by the professionals. 

Applying the Right Pressure 

Pressure washing is the quickest and most effective solution to unwanted growth. The trick to success with a power washer is understanding how to use it. Underestimated water pressure or aiming off to the side can result in broken windows, broken skin and the potential for broken everything! Gorillas use these power tools every day, so there is never any doubt that you are getting the best results. Treating areas with eco-friendly cleaners and disinfectants not only removes stains and threats but it creates a clean and welcoming space for guests. 

Scrubbing away at stains might provide a temporary boost but it won’t alleviate the problem in the same way that a deep clean can. When you want the best results possible, there is no better approach than calling a Gorilla. Each and every one of our experts is fully insured so clients can rest easy while getting results.

Looking Ahead to Winter

It is hard to think about low temperatures and snow fall while the July sun is still shining. While you are soaking up rays, winter days are creeping closer, and a bit of preparation goes a long way. The last days of summer are the ideal time to create a plan for a slippery or snowy future for your home or commercial space. Calling in a Gorilla can help to manage extreme weather with single call-outs, emergency services or regularly scheduled snow removal and salting. Get ahead of the problem before it becomes one!

The Benefits of Professional Care

In Canada, it can be tough to keep up with changing weather patterns – particularly in winter. Certain parts of the country can expect heavy rains, while for others, snow is just a part of the landscape. Properties come in all shapes and sizes but they all collect snow fall. Snow accumulation happens differently in each place. Condo or co-op owners might only have to worry about a single sidewalk per unit, but managers are required to provide more in-depth care. Take the sting out of winter by working with snow removal specialists.

Preparation: Gorillas are trained to watch the skies and that sets us apart from the competition. Instead of dealing with whatever falls from above, our experts monitor weather reports and storm fronts. By knowing what exactly is coming in, Gorillas can create a schedule that keeps clients from getting buried. Routinely serviced spaces can have snow cleared away before you even know it has fallen.

Equipment: Different areas require different methods to get expert results. Some areas might require shovels while blowers or plows are needed for larger spaces like parking lots. This might sound complicated but the good news is that our Gorillas come prepared! Experts are outfitted with all the necessary tools to keep your space looking its best.

Cost: Not everyone has snow plows or blowers tucked away in the garage. These items take up time and money, not only to purchase up front but to maintain as well. No matter how well you take care of it, machinery has a shelf life. Calling in a professional service means you get all the access without any of the upkeep. Gorilla Property Services offers competitive pricing and expert results so your snow removal and salting doesn’t have to break the bank!

Getting A Leg Up On Graffiti

Summer months mean warmer weather and longer days. This also means that there is plenty more opportunities for graffiti artists to leave their mark on homes and businesses across Canada. Depending on your location, you might be dealing with the odd tag every few years or so, but for most, spray paint is a repeat performance. The experts at Gorilla Property Services care about their communities and that is why they have a system for getting properties clean and free of ugly or offensive vandalism.

The Gorilla Difference

There are plenty of theories as to the best way to tackle stubborn paint stains but these can often be more harm than good. Instant results might make DIY seem like a good idea but proper graffiti removal is both a sprint and a marathon.

Careful & Conscious Removal: Harsh or heavy handed treatment methods can leave just as ugly a mark as graffiti itself. When providing proper care for paint removal, it is important to address the stain, the material underneath it and the surrounding areas as well. Sometimes the only way to get rid of paint is with a bit of force, like a pressure washer. Aiming one of these at aged, delicate or weakened surfaces can cause breakage, crumbling or even cuts and bruises (if you aim it at a person, of course). Gorillas inspect every aspect of a property before firing up a motor. While our cleansing and disinfecting agents are eco-friendly, it is still important to protect water inlets. FLOGUARD technology prevents run off from entering water systems and eliminates the risk of contamination.

Prevention Methods: There is no way to stop street artists from choosing your space as a blank canvas. It is unfortunate but it is the truth. Instead of waiting for another paint job, our Gorillas are proactive. After every completed removal, experts treat surfaces with an anti-graffiti topcoat. This application makes future removals much easier, cutting down on time and costs for owners without sacrificing results.

Don’t get stuck with paint bleeding or shadowing when a Gorilla offers complete removal at a competitive rate.

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