Keep the Birds and Bugs Out and Let the Warm Summer Breeze Blow In

It’s that time of year again—the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the bugs are driving us crazy! If you’re battling the army of flies and stink bugs or birds and rodents that come in through your open warehouse doors every summer, look no farther than Chase’s DuraShield Bird Screens and Bug Screens.

The DuraShield bird and bug screen doors are cost effective options that allow sunlight and a fresh breeze into the area, but keep the pests and bugs out. Wouldn’t life be easier to get a DuraShield product before the birds begin to nest in your warehouse and before the bugs get in?

In addition, your employees will enjoy working in an area where they can feel the breeze and natural sunshine, especially now that the weather is so nice. DuraShield screen doors encourage productivity from employees and discourage unwanted pedestrian traffic.

Chase has an array of bug, bird, wire, and solid vinyl screen doors available to suit your specific requirements. Learn more with our new DuraShield brochure (click on the image below) and have a great summer!



Chase Doors is at the IDA Expo

IDA Expo is one of the largest door and access system expositions in the world, and this year is no exception. With over 150 Exhibitors, Chase is proud to be a part of this show. Not only do we get to see old friends and meet new ones, but we get the opportunity to show off our new products, the Fast-Mount Strip door and the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain.

Las Vegas

IDA People

The new Fast-Mount Strip Door by Chase makes the job of hanging strip doors even easier. The Fast-Mount design eliminates multiple studs and fasteners, and ensures a simple, fast installation. Simply attach the mounting bracket to the wall, slide the J-Hook Strips into the bracket and install the locking screws at each end to hold the strips in place. No more time consuming layout, measuring or calculating overlap of strips as a preset overlap has already been established. The J-Hooks have a continuous welded bond between each strip. If the strips ever come unsealed from the J-Hook we guarantee free replacement including freight.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

In addition to the Fast-Mount Strip Door, Chase is also exhibiting a flexible traffic door and two impact traffic doors, the Durulite Standard and Retailer, both of which are constructed with rotationally molded polyethylene outer skin and a Non-CFC urethane foam core. The ColdGuard Swing door incorporates a tough and thermally neutral fiberglass reinforced pultrusion framework, FRP face casings and a Non-CFC foamed-in-place polyurethane core. Also on display is the DuraShield Roll-up Vinyl and Bug Door and the beautiful Fib-R-Max fiberglass Door that just so happens to be the strongest, most durable and dependable fiberglass door on the market! Last but definitely not least, our DuraSpan Insulated and Non-insulated Curtains are on display and trust me, this is an economical solution to dividing up space that you won’t want to miss out on!

IDA Expo Chase Booth

In you are in Las Vegas be sure to stop by and visit us at booth 614!

Chase Bird Doors Keep Your Facility Cleaner

So we all know this is the season for all of those little bugs to come out and play, as well as the birds. The hot summer temperatures are upon us and you may find that more and more birds are resorting to your garage or business for shelter and shade, which can lead to big problems – birds can be more than a nuisance in your facility, they can also cause problems with machinery and their presence and droppings can create health hazards.  

One of the best ways to keep birds out of your facility is to keep the doors and windows closed or properly screened. However, this isn’t practical in many large, un-air conditioned facilities where large rollup doors are left open to provide for ventilation. In these situations, our DuraShield Bird Screen Door can help you get the best of both worlds: with the DuraShield door in use, birds (and trespassers) are kept out, while fresh air sails through. 

Bird Door ExteriorDuraShield Bird Screens are made from a durable, vinyl encapsulated woven polyester mesh that is resistant to mildew and color fading. The bird mesh standard material utilizes netting, a special oval shape weave with nine holes per square inch to allow for good air-flow while keeping birds out. The panel includes horizontal fiberglass stiffeners and a weighted bottom pocket to remain stable in wind and keep crawling critters out as well.

Bird Door VinylDuraShield doors are easy to operate and maintain – manual doors roll up and down easily with a chain pull system, while motorized operation is available for more convenience (especially helpful with high-traffic doors).

We wish you a bird-free facility this summer, and ask that you connect with us via FacebookTwitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn, or leave us a note below! We also wanted to share some additional measures that you can take to help prevent birds from becoming a problem at your facility, courtesy of

Inspect the exterior of the facility at least monthly. Look for evidence of pest birds such as droppings, feathers or nesting materials. Focus inspection efforts on finding those conditions which can provide food, water and shelter. Also inspect for access points such as openings around dock doors and levelers. The inspection must cover all areas of the plant exterior including ground level and roof. Use the information uncovered in the inspection to further educate staff and correct bird-conducive conditions.

Establish a regular clean-up schedule. Food is one of the major attractions for birds.  Food spillage around dumpsters, silos and rail unloading areas are some examples where birds may find food. Establishing a regularly scheduled clean-up is essential. Roofs and product accumulations in these areas should also be checked. Roof areas can be difficult to clean, especially if there is a gravel layer on top of a membrane roof. But product can be present in these areas through equipment malfunctions. Inspect both high and low for food sources and eliminate them.

– Eliminate accessible water sources. Water will also attract birds and provide an essential need. Birds need a readily available source of drinking water. Parking lot pot holes, poorly designed drainage systems and other sources of standing water can provide the drinking water. Eliminate these sources whenever feasible.

Evaluate structures and landscaping. The last condition to focus on is harborage. Pest birds, like the English house sparrow, will readily build their nest in structures like gaps in exterior walls. Pigeons will seek harborage on ledges, especially when there is some cover provided over the ledge. Inspect these nesting opportunities and seal or use bird management devices to repel or exclude birds. Bird netting is often used to exclude nesting areas like those found underneath overhangs and canopies.

DuraShield Vinyl Roll-up Doors

With spring in full swing here in Cincinnati, we’re getting use of our DuraShield Bug doors in our warehouse. But we also have another DuraShield product useful for areas where ventilation (while keeping bugs & birds out) isn’t the primary concern.

Vinyl Rollup DoorThe DuraShield Solid Vinyl Roll-up Door is an affordable choice for sealing out dust, noise, and pollution and for managing temperature differentials. It can help you increase productivity by improving your employees work environment.

We were recently on location doing a video shoot for a new install video. This particular facility had several other areas devoted to different production activities, and one in particular stood out to me as an ideal location for a DuraShield Vinyl Roll-up door. This was a wood cutting area which utilizes a big opening to allow forklift traffic to move through. While there is a pair of traffic doors installed (which we also sell and highly recommend!) this struck me as a perfect application for our DuraShield vinyl roll-up door:  it would effectively contain the sawdust and keep the other areas of the building clean, while allowing the forklift to pass through easily.

Manual or Automatic Operation

Chain Rollup

DuraShield Vinyl roll-up doors come standard with manual chain hoist operation, but can be ordered with motor operators, which is appropriate for applications (such as the one mentioned above) where there is motorized traffic passing through.  

Mounting Options and Sliding Models, Too!

Mounting Options

To accommodate nearly every application, there are three mounting methods to ensure you get the perfect fit and seal (face of wall, in jamb, and inside standoff). In addition, DuraShield vinyl doors are available in a sliding configuration, useful where there are tight clearances at the top of an opening. These operate smoothly on a galvanized track system utilizing pull handles and manual closures.  

DuraShield products are available in many colors and are a great choice to solve contamination problems in industrial and manufacturing facilities. For more information give us a call at 800-543-4455 or feel free to leave a comment here in the blog, or on Facebook or Twitter.