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Winter Tips- Keeping Your Roof in “Tip-Top” Shape

CEI’s veteran roofers have truly seen it all and when the winter months roll around they know that they will be facing bigger and more extreme issues with there roofs. This winter has been filled with snow, wind and cold temps. All of these factors can have an effect on the roof of your building. The winter season can lead to extraordinary circumstances to deal with. The roofs across Michigan are no exception.

From a roofing standpoint, the most familiar scenarios are 3-4 inches of ice directly on the roof, buried under 6-8 inches of snow. Based on wind conditions and the layout of the buildings, snow is accumulating and creating 5-6 foot drifts. Adding to all of this, below freezing temperatures are taking their toll on roof systems. Besides the snow loads, splits, cracks and frozen drain pipes are the main culprits contributing to roof leaks.

Here is what you can do to prevent large roof issues from happening this winter:

#1- Have Inspections: Getting your roof inspected can help identify problems early. The objectives of a professional inspection it to make sure that the roof and equipment are performing as intended, to notice any weaknesses ahead of time, identify repairs and then develop a plan to improving the roof condition. These visual inspections should happen at least twice a year (spring and fall); yet are ideal more frequently. During winter where there is a major freeze/thaw cycle then roof should be checked to make sure that the freezing has not caused any new damage.


#2- Get Repairs Done ASAP: Getting even the smallest of leaks repaired early can extend the life of your existing roof. Letting issues sit and go un-touched might lead to larger problems when snow and ice becomes a factor.

CEI’s service department’s 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. It will be discussed with service personnel to determine a course of action to repair permanently. As of late, and in an effort to keep costs down, most of these returns will not be completed until weather conditions allow.


#3- Develop a regular maintenance program: When snow comes we all plan on what were are going to do about the roads, our sidewalks and the parking lot…what about your roof? Having a regular maintenance plan in place is great for planning ahead and making sure that you are worry free all year long. Proper maintenance can 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. 
Learn More About Roof Guardian Maintenance Program


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IBHS does not recommend chipping or breaking ice dams due to the damage that can be inflicted on the roof. If you are not physically capable of going onto the roof or are unable to easily reach the roof, consult a roofing professional.

For low slope roofs or flat roofs:

  • Removing the snow will remove the source of a potential ice dam.
  • Use a heavy-duty push broom with stiff bristles to brush off the snow on a low slope or flat roofs.
  • A shovel or snow blower should not be used since they may tear up the roof cover system.

For steep slope roofs:

  • Removing the snow will remove the source of a potential ice dam.
  • A roof rake may be used for most single story buildings while remaining on the ground to pull snow down the roof slope.
  • Do not pull snow back against the slope or sideways since the snow may get underneath the cover and can break shingles.
© 2012 Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety dams.

Thanksgiving Office Hours

Thanksgiving Office Hours:
  • Monday, November 20th – Wednesday, November 22nd: Open 8am- 4:30pm
  • Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day): Office Closed
  • Friday, November 24th: Office Closed
Our repair crews are available 24/7. In case of an emergency please call-

Calling in an Emergency!

We are moving our way into the holiday season with Thanksgiving just a week away. The upcoming season means that more time is going to be spent with family and vacations than in this past summer and fall months. It also means that there is going to be some drastic changes in our weather (at least in Michigan).


It could be likely that an unfortunate event could happen with the roof of your building. This can be a stressful event, especially if it’s over the holidays!

CEI is here to help!

We want to make sure that you are covered over the holidays with any emergency you might have. We have an emergency line that our customers can call anytime or day during our holiday hours! Yet, we also want to service you in the best way possible. That’s why we have a couple reminders for you when you give us a call…

Make sure that you mention to our service rep these 4 things over the phone so that we can best serve you in your emergency. 

  • Caller name and phone number
  • Location address
  • On-site contact and phone number
  • Leak Location

As always, have a Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!


What Should I Check on My Building’s Roof?

In between routine inspections, look for the following hazards:
  • Debris-filled or blocked gutters/downspouts/storm drains
  • Damaged or cracked gutters/downspouts/storm drains
  • Standing water or evidence of past standing water on roof deck
  • Accumulation of excessive debris on roof deck
  • Suspected microbial growth or other water damage on roof deck
  • Evidence of bird, rodent, or insect infestation
  • Cracked, damaged, or missing roof deck material
  • Cracked or broken roof deck seals that are creating openings for water intrusion
  • Improperly sealed flashing systems with evidence of water intrusion
  • Cracks, gaps, or other damage to walls
  • Suspected microbial growth on HVAC system components
  • Presence of contaminant sources (fumes, exhaust) near air intake vents
  • Blocked, obstructed, or broken outside air intakes
  • Broken or missing air intake screens on air handling units
  • Excessive noise generated by HVAC system components
  • Open or uncontrolled access to roof

It’s important to take caution when inspecting your roof. Access the roof through a hatch or fixed ladder only and be sure to keep a safe distance from the edge at all times. Contact CEI to make necessary repairs and to help address any additional safety concerns.


Happy Fall to All!
 A blustery day is upon us! As the season’s are changing the cold and snow will be upon us soon! It doesn’t matter where you live, the change in weather can affect the health of your roof system. Many of our customers see those effects after it’s too late. Routine roof inspections are an important part of your roof maintenance program, as they help detect deficiencies that could lead to larger issues. So with the change in season we suggest adding a Roof Top Assessment to the list, both for Fall and Spring.  With this assessment, you will be confident that your roof is ready for anything mother nature throws at it.
 to schedule your rooftop assessment today! 
517-548-0039 Ext.121

Got Debris? Advice for Taking Care of Your Roof!

Debris is a common roof deficiency, that requires attention to in the fall and all year round! You should begin addressing any issue with a visual assessment.
Debris shows up in many forms:
  • Organic Growth
  • Mechanical Equipment Left Behind
  • Leaves
  • Sticks
  • Trash and Other Like-Matter
Loose Debris:

What is it? With storms and falling leaves, debris can collect on the roof and blow around.

Potential Damage: From movement of this debris or walking on littered areas there can be damage to the roof membrane.
Prevention: Removal of the debris will avoid all problems and should be part of your regular roof maintenance program.
Clogged Scupper, Drain or Gutter:

What is it? Loose debris gets stuck in different areas once blown around, this can cause clogging.
Potential Damage: Having clogged gutters, drains or scuppers can cause them to not work properly.
Prevention: All debris should be removed to ensure that the water from the rainy and snowy season will drain properly.


Organic Growth:

What is it?  Consistent moisture in contact with the roof surface will cause plants to grow on the roof.
Potential Damage: This will then lead to premature deterioration of the membrane. If not corrected early, it can lead to
1.   Leaks
2.   Saturation of the roof system
3.   Potential roof deck deterioration.
Prevention:  Remove the organic debris completely from the roof. Then dispose of it in a proper manner.
Never hesitate to call roofing professional if you have questions.

Time to Schedule A Fall Inspection!


TRICK OR TREAT! Don’t be tricked by thinking you can neglect your roof! Treat it to a fall inspection!



Roof Top Assessment is important to add the list of items to do this Fall. An assessment keeps your roof is proper condition preventing larger deficiencies in the future. Giving you the confidence in knowing that your roof will be ready for anything!

Call and schedule your roof inspection with us today!
David Rosiek-Service Manager

Local 70 Roofer’s Union and CEI are featured in “The Journeyman Roofer and Waterproofer”

Second Quarter 2017: The Journeyman Roofer and Waterproofer

View the Article!

Check out this short cover feature on the Local 70 roofers union. It highlights the daily work that these roofers do to keep the people of Ann Arbor protected, especially the college students. CEI was featured in the article for there work done on Aero Auto, a roof repair that was needed because of poor work was done by non-union workers. “This time the union roofers get the job done right, the first time.” reads the article.

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day- Make a Economical, Efficient and Energy saving Plan.

Earth day is a  reminder for all to take care of the environment that surrounds us. We each can take better care of the places we work, play and live by having good maintenance practices to save us time, money and energy. By setting up a roof management program your building you can be more energy efficient, prevent untimely damage & repairs and save valuable resources. Earth day is about the responsibly of taking care of our environments, let CEI’s service department help to sustain the life of your roof with easy 1-2-3 steps.

1. Call CEI to set-up your roof evaluation

2. Schedule CEI Service

3. Check it off your list

CEI service Department 51-548-0039 ext. 121

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