Timing Is Everything

Why does my building leak 2 days after it rains?  How come my building doesn’t leak all winter and then as soon as it starts to look like spring, it leaks like crazy?  Why do I experience roof problems when the parent company is visiting from out of state? Why does my building have “gi-normous” and dangerous looking ice daggers during the winter?  Why does a new roof cost so much?

If you have ever experienced any of the above with your industrial/commercial facility, it is time to call Springfield Inc. for a professional evaluation of your building which includes looking at the building envelope, insulation, ventilation, and various other issues.  Experienced roofing project managers along with our on-staff professional engineers can help you with an awareness of your current rooftop conditions.  Knowing the facts will help you move forward with your capital budget planning and you may be surprised to learn that a majority of our clients can find initial and immediate relief from roofing issues with small, relatively inexpensive repairs.  At Springfield, we love to make your existing roof last absolutely as long as possible so that you may focus your money on growing your business and adding employment opportunities to hard working men and women in our beautiful state of Michigan.

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Beat the Heat


The “DOG DAYS OF SUMMER” are closing in on our talented and physically fit team of construction workers.  Our team frequently works without shade which intensifies the heat exponentially.    Here are some tips to help you beat the heat

  • Drink water early, often and frequently – at least 20 ounces every hour
  • When on break, get into the shade or an air conditioned vehicle (if possible)
  • Wear synthetic, light colored, athletic clothing that wicks the heat and sweat away from your body
  • Come to work well rested and hydrated (note: alcohol consumption the night before work will hinder hydration)
  • Take shorter and more frequent breaks
  • Take it seriously: Know the signs of heat stress and monitor yourself and co-workers
  • Speak up if you notice yourself or a co-worker struggling with any heat related issues


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Going “Green” Continues to Show Benefits!

Going “green” continues to show benefits throughout the life cycle of a building.

Today, green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings and investments can be recouped through operational cost savings and, with the right design features, create a more productive workplace.

“This report synthesizes credible evidence from around the world on green buildings into one collective resource, and the evidence presented highlights that sustainable buildings provide tangible benefits and make clear business sense,” said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC.

“From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature. Indeed we have already seen this momentum grow globally where in more and more places, green is now becoming the status quo.”

In a release, the council said key findings include:

—Asset value: As investors and occupiers become more knowledgeable about and concerned with the environmental and social impacts of the built environment, buildings with better sustainability credentials will have increased marketability. In fact, studies from around the world demonstrate a pattern of greener buildings being able to more easily attract tenants and to command higher rents and sale prices;

—Design and construction costs: Research shows that building green does not necessarily need to cost more, particularly when cost strategies, program management and environmental strategies are integrated into the development process right from the start;

—Operating costs: Green buildings have been shown to save money through reduced energy and water use and lower long-term operations and maintenance costs. The energy savings alone typically exceed any cost premiums associated with their design and construction within a reasonable payback period;

—Workplace productivity and health: Research shows that the green design attributes of buildings and indoor environments can improve worker productivity and occupant health and well-being, resulting in bottom line benefits for businesses;

—Risk mitigation: Sustainability risk factors can significantly affect the rental income and the future value of real estate assets, in turn affecting their return on investment. Regulatory risks have become increasingly apparent in countries and cities around the world, including mandatory disclosure, building codes and laws banning inefficient buildings.

The report concludes that illustrating that by greening our built environment at the neighborhood and city scales, the green building industry can deliver on large-scale economic priorities such as climate change mitigation, energy security, resource conservation and job creation, long-term resilience and quality of life.

“This report underscores that green buildings play a fundamental and cost-efficient role in tackling some of the immediate challenges of our times,” said Rick Fedrizzi, chair of the WorldGBC and president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The WorldGBC is proud to continue to play a leadership role in the explosive growth of the global green building industry as we all continue to create a world that will give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play.”

The report was produced in partnership with PRP Environmental along with the following sponsors: Skanska, Grosvenor, and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council/Estidama.

The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils from around the world.

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Cold Weather is Coming


Winter is approaching/there is still time…….

Winter is rapidly approaching.  Up north in Michigan, we know you are busy at home on the weekends putting away your patio furniture, taking your boats out of the lake, and doing last minute projects around the outside of your house before the white stuff arrives. What about at work?  Check out the above photo of ice sickles hanging off the side of an industrial building.  Does your work building have large ice sickles hanging off it during the winter?  Springfield can help alleviate the heat loss which causes that dangerous ice from forming, creating a safer work environment.  An added bonus is your utility bills will be lower too.  It’s not too late to “Get R Done” before winter.  Call us at Springfield.  WE can help!

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Industrial Pipe Problems Need Springfield SmartShield


Do you have pipes on your industrial facility that look like the above photo?  Not only is energy lost, the insulation is completely compromised; it is moldy and could likely be causing corrosion/failure points on  your pipes.  SmartShield to the rescue!!! Springfield SmartShield is a patent protected method of insulating pipes and ducts that is fail proof and energy efficient.  It is installed and widely used in Northern Michigan in the food and fruit processing industries where a compromise of any kind can be catastrophic.  The only place to get it is through Springfield and we would enjoy visiting your facility for a free evaluation/consultation to explain how this revolutionary product can help you with the day to day issues you face at your industrial building.

Below is a picture of pipes wrapped in Springfield Smartshield:


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springfield tips about hot roofs


Mother Nature has unleashed record-breaking heat on us. Our Roofing crews were battling extreme temperatures in East Jordan, Traverse City and Elk Rapids this past week.  We have compiled a few highlights from our safety meeting on hydration we thought may be helpful to anyone working or playing outside in our Michigan communities.

Before Work:  Drink 16 oz. water 2 hours before activity and then 8-16 oz. just before starting work.

During work:    Drink 4-16 oz. every 15-20 minutes and take in at least 1 gram per hour sodium (Gatorade/powerade, etc) during heavy activity (more during high humidity).  Check in with your body from time to time to be sure you are sweating (if you stop sweating, this could indicate a problem); and that your urine is clear (this ensures you are well hydrated).

After Work:  Continue to drink water throughout your time off work to speed up the rehydration process.

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Traverse Bay storm clouds taken by Springfield

Roofing in Michigan: Performing Re-Roof Jobs in Windy Conditions

Storm from Traverse City
Michigan Storms come on quick and Springfield is ready! This picture is of a storm in Traverse City Michigan.












We love performing re-roof projects in Cadillac, Michigan.  The spring weather does bring some very strong WINDS to northern Michigan. Here are some items to consider for windy day roofing.

  • Double and triple check all trucks and trailers to make sure the load is securely fastened to the vehicle.
  • Tie off your ladder – – attach it to the Springfield Ladder Anchor to ensure the ladder doesn’t slip, slide, or kick out on your employees
  • Only load the rooftop with materials that are absolutely essential for that day’s work – – keep those items secure on the rooftop
  • Use caution when opening bunks of ISO – – whether on the ground or the rooftop, a single piece of ISO can quickly blow away.
  • Is there an area of the rooftop that is sheltered from the wind? Perhaps the rooftop materials can be stored there?

It is important to consider the project when doing a windy day risk assessment.  Most of all, weight down your skinny employees by putting some heavy rocks in their tool belts.

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Michigan Rooftop Dangers: Roof Collapses and Roof Shatters

Michigan has its share of cold brisk weather and heavy snowfall that can wreak havoc on your commercial rooftop.  Back in the 70s, membrane roofing was still in its infancy and many of the products such as Trocal were deficient and yet were installed extensively in Grand Traverse, Wexford, Antrim, and Charlevoix counties.  As the plasticizer in these early membranes disintegrated and cold weather caused these defective membranes to pull away from the edges, which caused massive shatters and complete failures during the winter months.

Further rooftop dangers occur when there is a heavy thick snow-load upon a structure causing parts of the roof to cave in or collapse due to excess weight.

Springfield has experience remedying both situations.  The Duro-Last PVC membrane is state of the art and built to last with the best warranty available on the market today. Since it is made in Michigan it is built to withstand the rapid climate changes and harsh winter months.  Springfield has installed Duro-Last roofs that have exceeded their warranties and are still performing well.  As far as building collapses – there no worries there.  The Duro-Last membrane is slippery and the snow slides right off or blows away without sticking to the rooftop.

If you are experiencing any difficulties with your industrial/commercial rooftop or wondering if your facility may be at risk of shattering or collapsing, give us a call.  We can help!




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Springfield SmartShield- Cover Your “Assets”

Springfield CEO Terry Umlor invented “SmartShield” while searching for a better way to insulate pipes and ducts on the rooftops.  Having water enter a building whether from faulty pipe insulation or a leaky roof is a BIG PROBLEM and inconvenience for the busy facility manager and/or building owner.  Historically, Springfield would arrive onsite, determine the cause of the water infiltration as failed pipe or duct insulation and then call in another contractor to solve the issue.  This often stretched out the time that our building owner/facility manager was experiencing leaking inside the building.  Umlor knew there had to be a better way for the customer to “cover their ASSETS” and so he developed and patented SmartShield.  SmartShield integrates the roof membrane with roof top components (ducts, pipes, and mechanicals) using a proven vapor barrier.

Talk to Springfield today about comprehensive re-insulating your mechanicals during your re-roof project – – Springfield uses materials Made in Saginaw, Michigan at Duro-Last to give you edge-to-edge deck-to-sky protection from northern Michigan weather elements.

Call us at Springfield.  We will Cover your ASSETS.

smartshield before and after

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Be Proactive

Ice Issues 3



(Of a person, policy, or action) creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened. “be proactive in identifying and preventing potential problems.”

Joe arrived at work in Traverse City on a Monday morning in February in a great mood – the weekend was warm and sunny, the snow was  melting in his hometown of Kingsley and “life was good” until he pulled up to the back door of the industrial plant where he worked as facility manager.  The first thing he noticed was a large ice-cycle had broken free from the roof and smashed a window by the loading dock.  As he looked at that he remembered what Nick Jacqmain of Springfield had told him last fall – “the expansion and contraction of a metal roofed building such as yours creates a situation for ice buildup that can damage your building during a mid-winter thaw.”  If only he had listened and insulated the roof last fall… to make matters worse, he entered the building only to find water pouring in from several locations.   If only he had listened to Nick and had the old roof replaced last summer -He wondered how much down time this would cost him.

Fortunately for Joe, he had his favorite roofing contractor, Springfield Inc. on speed dial and within the hour Matt Brucker and Nick Pascoe were onsite fixing the leaks.  Joe watched them work their magic thinking “This summer I’m going to be PROACTIVE” because when it comes to taking care of my building time is money and being PROACTIVE saves both time and money in the long run.

Springfield strives to educate building owners and managers about the importance of being proactive and giving your roof routine “checkups” to avoid expensive emergencies that could affect your production schedules.

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