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

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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:


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, gutters, 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.

birds damage roofs

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


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

roof bird nest eggs

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


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.


Design 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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Scheduling a Roof Replacement

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Don’t wait to schedule a roof replacement. Demand is high, timing is important and residents appreciate advanced notice.

Increasing Demand

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  • New construction in the lower mainland is strong and our crews are being kept busy building new roofs.
  • Buildings constructed in the 90′s are scheduling their roof replaced now (if they haven’t already).
  • Demand increases in the Fall due to a pre-winter panic that plagues indecisive stratas.

Summer Month are Ideal

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In this neck of the woods, we make every sunny day count. The best time to get a replacement done is when days are long and relatively dry.

  • More hours of sunlight means more productive hours.
  • Avoiding rain days reduces schedule changes.
  • Suppliers are stocked and ready with supplies and materials.

Less Complaints

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Giving residents as much notice as possible reduces stress and complaints.

  • Residents can avoid planning activities that would be inconvenient, like having guests stay, planning a staycation, home renovations, etc.
  • Residents may plan to be away during that time.
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Nightmare on the Roof

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This Roof Was Wrong from the Beginning

This building’s strata hired the low bidding contractor to replace their roof. This contractor installed the roof incorrectly and the roof rotted within seven years.
Read more details here.

The Roof Leak

We got a call from the Property Manager about a leak. We investigated and found serious issues including several leaks, incorrect vent installations and a failing roof membrane.

roof needs to be redone

Cut Tests

Cut tests revealed the fiberboard was completely saturated.
Cut Tests

Roof Replacement

We replaced TPO roof with a 2-ply SBS Bitumen. This roof is built in layers and designed to protect the building in a way that most roofs can’t. With vents properly installed, the roof is well-sealed and the building can still breath. SBS properties give the roof flexibility to expand and contract with changing weather and temperatures without splitting and puncturing.
Here are a few before-and-after shots:

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Are Those Reindeer on Your Roof?

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Merry Christmas from the team at Design Roofing.
Wishes for happiness and success in 2018.

Happy Holidays from Design Roofing

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Delaying a Roof Replacement

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Delaying a Roof Replacement has costly consequences.  Putting it off seems like a way to save money but the costs of keeping a roof that has reached the end of its life come from roof rot, loss of insurance, multiple leak repairs, electrical damage and the value of the building.

Roof Rot

Roof Rot is devastating
This is roof rot and it can have catastrophic consequences. Roof rot happens when the wood timbers have been broken down by mould and will bend like wet paper. This is what happens when roof rot spreads:

  • It breaks down structural beams.
  • Spores spread through the building, making tenants sick.
  • It damages walls and carpets beyond repair.
  • It eats away at electrical wiring.
  • The entire building becomes uninhabitable and is condemned.
  • The roof caves in.

Loss of Insurance

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Insurance is important but it only works if you take care of the assets that are insured.  If the roof is past the end of its life, insurance won’t cover any damage that occurs.  This damage would be more than just the cost to replace the roof.  Contents of the building, lost production time or costs to house residents, even injuries won’t be covered.

Multiple Leaks

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When several leaks occur on different areas of the roof it is time for a replacement.  Multiple leaks mean the roof is no longer functioning: it’s not protecting the building anymore. There is no point in paying for multiple repairs because the roof replacement needs to be done anyway. Delaying the replacement will just cost more in temporary roof repairs and interior damage.

Structural and Electrical Damage

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Everyone knows water and electricity don’t mix.  Contaminants and corrosion on electrical equipment causes shorted wires, electrical shocks and fires.  When this happens, electricians get involved and the building is in need of more repairs.
Structural damage is silent at first.  Building owners think they can get away with a few more years before replacing the old roof because everything is working fine.  Due to the above mentioned roof rot, the building structure is already being damaged.  Structural beams, ceilings and walls.

Value of the Building

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A new roof adds value to a building.  Not replacing the roof adds additional future repair costs and risk.  Informed buyers and investors look at depreciation reports and consider the risks associated with an old roof.  They also understand that replacing the roof results in increased energy efficiency.

Design Roofing offers Roof Replacement Financing.

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