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‘Tis the Season For Fall Inspections

Schedule Your Inspection Today-
A Roof Top Assessment is important to add to the list of items to do this Fall. An assessment keeps proper inventory of your roof and may prevent unforeseen complications, especially as inclement weather approaches. Our goal is to present you with a variety of options and fresh possibilities for extending the life of your roof. We have repair solutions that can help you delay installing a costly new roof. Regardless, you will receive a non-bias assessment of roof condition along with action steps for avoiding damage and minimizing cost. 
Call and schedule your roof inspection with us today! Visit our website for more information.

3 Quick Facts About Roof Maintenance

Proactively maintained roofs last an average of 8 more years than reactively maintained roofs.
  • Your roof is a HUGE investment and you should protect that investment!
  • Proactively manage your roof with annual or biannual inspections and maintenance, just like you would the other assets in your business (i.e. technology or machinery).
  • Don’t wait until you have a major incident on your roof.
Annual roof maintenance cost only 1% to 3% of the cost of a commercial roof replacement.
  • We know that saving money is a priority when it comes to running your business.
  • Maintenance pays for itself by saving on
  • Unscheduled roof repairs
  • Damaged roof
  • Deteriorated roof deck
  • and the small cost of the interruption or distraction from your business
Building owners and facility managers who inspected and repaired their roofs routinely were able to identify potential problems before they happened. As a result, they spent an average of only 14¢ per square foot annually for maintenance. On the other hand, owners and managers who reacted to problems spent an average of 25¢ per square foot annually.
  • With a proactive maintenance plan, its all about identifying minor issues before they become major.
  • Keep the investment over your head working so it protects the one below!
How can you proactively maintain?
Schedule a fall and spring inspection. We have maintenance and inspection programs that are designed to help your roof last longer.
You can learn more about our maintenance programs at

Service Spotlight: Roof Leak or Not Roof Leak?

Every month the CEI service team (with the help of marketing) puts out a monthly newsletter. Which involves their service spotlight. This gives information and guidance to our customers on major roof topic, reminders throughout the year on maintenance and tips and tricks to keeping their buildings up and running. If you would like to sign-up for this monthly e-newsletter, just click here. 
There is a lot of hardware located in between your ceiling and your roof in your building. Not just insulation and ventilation but heating and cooling, water pipes and much more. Often times when a leak starts coming through the ceiling, no matter how big or small, we are quick to assume something is wrong with the roof. Yet, more often than not the cause of the leak is something entirely different. In fact, some records indicate that only 25% of building leaks are attributed to the actual roof.
Other factors that could contribute to a leak could be:
– Plumbing
– Duct Work
-Window/ door seals
-Block Walls
So how should you approach your leak situation? The first step is to CALL! CEI is a roofing company that is staffed with trained and experienced techs that have helped stop the most difficult of leaks; both roof and non-roof related.
We will help you by setting up an inspection to see where your leak is coming from. Then, we will share our knowledge from the inspection with you, the building owner or operator and give you the best advice for taking care of the problem. We take into consideration not only the roof but the rooftop equipment and the building envelope. CEI can be your first person to call to identify the source of your leak issue. It all just starts with a phone call.

#NATIONALROOFINGWEEK: Picking a Professional Roofing Contractor

National Roofing Week is coming to a close today! CEI wanted to close out the week with a blog post on the main topic of the week, which is to stress the value of a professional roofer for any project.

CEI is a member of the NRCA. This gives us access to leading industry education, safety information, and programs to keep our company serving at high-quality standards. The NRCA is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professional. They are a large source of information for CEI and we are proud to be a member. CEI is a lead company in the commercial roofing industry in the mid-west. Yet, the NRCA has a focus on both the commercial and residential roofing industry’s. It is important to search out a quality roofing contractor, no matter what your project is so that it gets done right the first time. Often times our blog post are more suited for a building owner looking for information but when it comes to selecting a contractor the guidelines can be followed by both home and building owners.

NRCA has consumer-focused resources. Their main source is a blog that is focused on helping consumers be educated on there roof and roofing contractors ( Through their resources, they touch on a hand-full of things to look for in a roofing contractor. To help spread awareness, CEI has compiled the resources for customers on the Roofer Madness Blog. As a company, we want to provide customers with the quality resources to help them make their contractor selection. The following list of qualifications that your roofing contractor should have according to the NRCA’s consumer advisory bulletin.

  • Permanent place of business
  • Knowledge of roofing systems
  • Affiliated with an industry organization
    • Ex: NRCA or any other local, state or national organization
  • Committed to education
  • Insured and committed to safety
  • Licensed and bonded
  • Financial Stability
  • Application expertise
  • Insist on a written proposal
  • Warranties
  • Completed projects list
  • References
  • Provisions for on-site supervision
  • Professional maintenance program

The video below was created by the NRCA to help explain these points. You can also read more from the NRCA here or visit


Leaks Playing Tricks?

Here at CEI we have years of service and have fixed hundreds (if not, thousands) of leaks all year round. We understand that when customers see water starting to drip from there ceilings they always assume it is the roof.

Well, we are here to tell you that it is not ALWAYS the roof!

Many times it is the roof, there are punctures or ware in the roof and the leak is the result. Yet, sometimes (and more commonly than you think) leaks from above your head might have nothing to do with your roof.

Other factors that could contribute to a leak could be

– Plumbing

– Duct Work


and these are only a few.

Regardless, of where the leak is coming from it is always important to get it checked out by a professional. Roofers will be able to identify if the roof is the source of the problem and point you in the right direction if it is not. Scheduling regular maintenance for your roof with prevent leaks in the future. CEI recommends getting your roof inspected every 6 months (Spring and Fall). This can help lengthen the life of your roof and prevent expensive damage.

Tax Cuts on Re-Roofing Projects!

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act approved by Congress in December 2017 expands the definition of qualified real property eligible for full expensing under Section 179 of the tax code to include improvements to nonresidential roofs. Following is more information about Section 179 and the provision to add nonresidential roofs as qualifying property as of Jan. 1, 2018. This information will help you determine if your company is eligible for this preferential tax treatment of improvements to your nonresidential roof.
Section 179
Section 179 allows taxpayers to immediately expense the cost of qualifying property rather than recovering such costs over multiple years through depreciation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly expands the expensing limits under Section 179, with the maximum amount a business may expense now set at $1 million and the phase-out threshold increasing to $2.5 million. These new limits are effective for qualifying property placed in service in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017, and the amounts will be indexed for inflation starting in 2019.
Addition of Roofs as Qualifying Property
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands the definition of qualified real property eligible for Section 179. As of Jan. 1, 2018, qualifying a property for Section 179 includes “improvements to nonresidential real property placed in service after the date such property was first placed in service: roofs; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning property; fire protection and alarm systems; and security systems.”
Given these changes to Section 179 by the new tax law, qualifying taxpayers may now elect to fully expense the cost of any improvements to nonresidential roofs beginning in 2018 and in future years. Essentially, any improvements to nonresidential roofs, including full reroofs of existing buildings, may now be expensed in the year of purchase by any taxpayer eligible to deduct expenses under Section 179.
Please contact us (or contact your tax professional) if you have questions regarding how your company can take advantage of this more favorable tax treatment for improvements to nonresidential roofs in 2018.

Spring Inspection Season!

Spring inspections are important to roof maintenance. Having inspections of the roof of your building twice a year can have significant benefits. Benefits can include, an increase the life expectancy of your roof, save you the high cost of roof replacement, Protect your assets from costly damage and Allow you to plan and budget for future costs.

If you have never had a roof inspection, it might seem foreign or confusing on why it would be needed. CEI wants to give you a snapshot of exactly what your commercial roof inspection will look like.


1) Protect assets

2) Maintain a safe working environment

3) Detect deficiencies early


1) To determine if the roof system is performing as intended

2) Identify signs of weakness

3) Identify needed repairs

4) Develop a maintenance work plan to correct deficient conditions

Our detailed CEI Roof Management Reports include the following:
• An aerial image of the facility with each section outlined and identified
• Photos of the overall layout of the roof, giving you the roof side vantage point
• Test core samples to verify the composition of the sub-layers of the roof system
• Inspection of the roof system and it’s components
• Inspection of interior finishes (ceilings and walls) for signs of moisture infiltration
• Photos of deficiencies found with their location plotted on the aerial image, classified as either
emergency or remedial in nature
• A recommended course of action for each deficiency with a related cost
• Condition summary for each section of roofing with a grade classification
• Repairs vs. Replacement budget matrix


To schedule a spring inspection with CEI Michigan, LLC call:


Spring Inspections!

February is when the year starts to pick up the pace. Here at CEI, everyone is preparing for the upcoming roofing season. Bids are starting to go out, service is starting to prep for maintenance and just around the corner is spring!

We all know what that means…

Spring inspections! 

As Spring approaches it is important to schedule your Spring inspection as soon as possible.
This allows you to:
  • be informed of the condition of your roof
  • eliminate surprising costs
  • develop a plan of action.
Getting one of our Veteran Service Techs to come look at your roof makes sense. Our Roof Service Techs have installed every type of roof system, and know where and what to look for.
Booking for spring inspections opens on March 2nd!
To set up a FREE Rooftop Assessment, contact Services Manager-
David Rosiek
517-548-0039 ext. 142

New Year, Same Roof

Make Your Roof Last Through The Winter Season

As we find ourselves in the dead of Winter, the photos below are an all too familiar scene. Snowy conditions are leaving facility owners and managers with extraordinary circumstances to deal with. The roofs across Michigan are no exception. The winter brings wind, ice and snow that together can create huge drifts on the roofs of buildings. Adding to all of this, below freezing temperatures are taking their toll. Besides the snow loads, splits, cracks and frozen drain pipes are the main culprits contributing to roof leaks. 

CEI’s Service Department Winter Note

To our service and repair customers,
We have not forgotten!
Service calls and work orders that were generated prior to the inclimate weather have not been forgotten. The ability to perform the work based on current conditions is reviewed daily.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we schedule through the winter!
Our goal is to serve in a timely, efficient manner- regardless of the elements. As service is requested, however, it is essential that we know if the leak is
1) contained
2) an emergency or a nuisance?
3) creating hazardous conditions for your workers or tenants.
If conditions do not allow for permanent repairs, temporary measures can be taken to stop the leaks, or in emergency situations, re-direct them. We will work with you to help solve your problems. Upon completion of our visit, we will leave the site in a condition that is acceptable to all parties involved.
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