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.

Read More
Springfield shingle roof replacement

DIY – watch this video and Do It Yourself (DIY)

All of us on social media have seen these do it yourself instructions ranging from removing unwanted facial hair to building a backyard volcano for your kids.  From taming a wild dog to making lasagna that will even impress your grouchy mother-in-law.  Sadly, there is a vast amount of DIY roofing information circulating around on social media.

Please call Springfield before trying any DIY roofing!  Working on elevated, uneven surfaces is a dangerous and life threatening endeavor.  While DIY is fine for learning how to knit a sweater or tie-dye your old tennis shoes, your safety and life is worth more than the cost of our FREE estimates.

Read More
Springfield at dinner

Duro-Last, Inc. Admiral Club Award for 2016

Duro-Last®, Inc. Honors Springfield Construction with Admission to the Admiral Club

SAGINAW, MICHIGAN – In recognition of outstanding achievement in quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and 2016 sales volume, Duro-Last, Inc. recently welcomed Springfield Construction to the Admiral Club. Inductees were honored during Duro-Last’s National Sales Seminar held at Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida, January 29-31, 2017.

“Every year at the Duro-Last Sales Seminar, I am reminded of how our contractors are “Best in Class,” and Springfield Construction is a perfect example of that,” said Duro-Last Chairman of the Board Jack Burt. “Springfield Construction has been consistently going above and beyond for their customers with high-quality work and integrity. We are excited to see what they accomplish in the next year as an authorized Duro-Last contractor.”

About Duro-Last, Inc.

Known as the “World’s Best Roof®”, Duro-Last, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of custom prefabricated, thermoplastic single-ply roofing systems. Factory controlled custom prefabrication eliminates up to 85% of field seams, resulting in lower on-site labor costs and easier installation. This highly sustainable and extremely durable roofing system is leak-proof, virtually maintenance-free and resistant to chemicals, fire, punctures, and high winds. Over two billion square feet of Duro-Last membrane has been installed throughout North America. Duro-Last is headquartered in Saginaw, Michigan with additional manufacturing facilities in Grants Pass, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi; Sigourney, Iowa; Carrollton, Texas; and Ludlow, Massachusetts. For more information on Duro-Last, call 800-248-0280 or visit www.duro-last.com.

Read More
Springfield CPR Training

Learning From Each Other

“If you are going to ask someone for their opinion, you need to be willing to listen.”   Terry Umlor, CEO and founder of Springfield Inc.

Northern Michigan Winters tend to slow down the progress of roof installations.  While we do get a few nice “roofing” days in January and February, the Springfield management team is challenged to keep our dedicated and faithful field employees’ busy helping at the shop to minimize/eliminate having to lay them off during the dead of winter.  One successful project has been developing our training program.  Our field employees serve as our best consultants for this endeavor.

Many facets make up the Springfield training program.  Certainly OSHA training, equipment certifications, and scheduled hands-on sessions are key components.  However, LISTENING and LEARNING to feedback from our field people is perhaps the most critical component of The Springfield Training Program.  We learn our “best practices” from the folks making it happen in the field.  Because we listen and learn from our installation team, our training program manual will never be found covered with dust sitting on the back shelf of the storage closet.  It is a living, breathing, moving set of documents used frequently and updated regularly

Read More
springfield tree picture

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.

Follow @DCN_Canada on Twitter for more construction news and updates.


Read More
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.

Read More
Springfield Team

Building Trust with Clients in Michigan

Springfield Inc.™ started as a roofing company and over time “morphed” into a full service industrial contractor by expertly solving building envelope problems, building relationships and building your trust.  Here is what you can expect when you hire Springfield Inc.™

  • We show up when we say we will and do the work as promised.
  • We prepare our bid proposals with extra care to fully analyze the issues and concerns UPFRONT so there are no hidden up-charges and big scary expensive surprises for you, the customer.
  • Our clean up after job completion is stellar
  • Our warranties are the best in the industry.
  • We depend on your referrals and recommendations to further our services
  • Your job will be completed by homegrown local northern Michigan men and women.  We do not subcontract crews from out of state.

Please give us a chance to “dazzle” you with our industrial problem solving abilities.  We are available 24/7 to help!


Read More
springfield shattered trocal example

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!




Read More
Springfield sample bad ice issues

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.

Read More
  • 1
  • 2