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Mike Cannon & Family A Legacy of Dedication to Our Area

Jun 05, 2024 11:03AM ● By Jan Southern
Mike Cannon & Family
A Legacy of Dedication to Our Area


๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐›๐ฒ ๐‚๐ข๐ง๐๐ฒ ๐‘๐ž๐ข๐
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Honesty. Integrity. Dedication to giving customers the very best product and service possible. Call it old school. Someโ€”mostโ€”say it has disappeared. To those we say, meet Mike Cannon. There are two things you can count onโ€”the quality of a roof from Michaelโ€™s Roofing, and the word of founder and owner Mike Cannon.

โ€œI am most proud of my faith,โ€ says Mike, โ€œIn my belief in Jesus Christ because we wouldnโ€™t be where we are without him, and other than that, I am most proud of my word. My daddy taught me you are only as good as your word. If you canโ€™t keep that, what else have you got?โ€

Michaelโ€™s Roofing is the leading residential and commercial roofing service provider throughout Savannah, Georgia, coastal South Carolina and much of the surrounding areas. Mike stands squarely behind his companyโ€™s work. In fact, his name is on every roof. โ€œWhen I was new at it, I would take chalk and write โ€˜Michaelโ€™s Roofingโ€™ on the
black felt.โ€

Today the company has the roofing felt printed with their name on it. When you have a roof from Michaelโ€™s Roofing, they are proud to claim it.

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Being a locally owned, family-run business means the dedicated staff at Michaelโ€™s Roofing knows you, knows your needs, and works with you to address your specific situation. Customers deal directly with a team member, from the initial estimate to the completed roof. Homeowners are treated as if they were Mikeโ€™s own family. From new roofs to skylights, the work will be done correctly, in a timely manner, resulting in a safe and dry home.

Being the only local roofer who is certified by Owens Corning, GAF and CertainTeed guarantees you superior product quality, top-notch workmanship, and strong warranties. In addition to craftsmanship, Michaelโ€™s Roofing offers a wide selection of roofing choices, from shingles and slate to metal, in a variety of aesthetically pleasing colors that will enhance the value of your property.

Their commercial work encompasses everything from warehouses to large buildings. Michaelโ€™s Roofing wants your business, but more importantly they want your satisfaction. After decades in business, they have established long term relationships with their clients who inevitably become repeat customers. Their many referrals from existing clients are their ultimate compliment.

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Mike wants people to be cautious when hiring a roofer. Even if they donโ€™t choose him, he urges customers to select a licensed and insured company. โ€œWe just want to reach out to our community and warn against unlicensed out of town roofers posing as locals,โ€ he says, โ€œAnyone with an ID can walk in the door and buy a business license, which is not the same as being a licensed roofer and usually they donโ€™t have workers comp or liability insurance.โ€

Licensed roofers carry insurance coverage such as liability insurance and workersโ€™ compensation insurance. This protects the customer against any liability for costs related to workers damaging your property or getting injured on the job. Mike advises customers to insist on seeing insurance documentation. โ€œYou can put anything you want in an ad, so companies claim 20 years experience, which they usually donโ€™t have,โ€ he says.

Because Michaelโ€™s Roofing is a licensed roofing contractor you can trust they have up to date knowledge in the best practices in roofing installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement. They will get the work done right the first time, something you canโ€™t say about unlicensed roofers.

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐“๐ข๐ž๐ฌ

Being an integral part of their community is crucial to Mikeโ€™s business and work ethic. โ€œWe have been here all our lives. Grew up here, started our business here. Heck, my kids graduated from Effingham county schools.โ€

After more than 40 years, Mike still gets up on a roof and swings a hammer. He says, โ€œI get up on roofs because every roof is as important to me as the first roof. I get out there and work with my crew. I believe if you tell a homeowner you are going to roof their house then you should show up to their house.โ€

The core crew at Michaelโ€™s Roofing has been with him a long time. โ€œMy crew, bless their hearts, I canโ€™t say enough about them,โ€ he says, โ€œMy personal crew has been with me since they were kids, some 20 to 25 years now.โ€ They often perform the specialty and sheet metal craftsman work because, โ€œI know they can do it and do it very well,โ€ says Mike.

And it really is a family business. Mikeโ€™s wife Lisa worked alongside him in their home office for years until God sent Crystal. She became Mikeโ€™s right AND left hand. Her dedication and loyalty to Michaelโ€™s Roofing over the last 15 years has been a true blessing.

Today, Mikeโ€™s daughter Sheree and granddaughter Marissa work alongside her in the office as the business continues to grow.

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Mike says his drive comes from his humble beginnings. โ€œI came from poverty and didnโ€™t want my kids and grandkids to go through what I did.โ€ As a teenager he worked for his cousinโ€™s company Cannonโ€™s Roofing and Remodeling. โ€œMy cousin Jimmy would pick me up from school and I would pick up roofing trash. That was the first job I ever had that paid me money.โ€

He quickly learned on the job and at the young age of 21 he set off on his own. โ€œI used my first name and started โ€˜Michaelโ€™s Roofingโ€™. Pretty soon I was the fourth largest company in Savannah.โ€

Being a business owner meant Mike put in the long hours. โ€œI used to get up at four AM and pick the crew up, work all day till pitch dark, and drive everybody home. Then I would work at home till midnight returning phone calls and putting together contracts. Get up in the morning and go at it again.โ€ That was the grind six days a week for 18 years before he felt comfortable enough to ease up on the grueling schedule.

Mikeโ€™s advice for business owners: Keep your word. Honor your agreements. Be loyal to your crew. If you clock in and out or think of your business as a job, you wonโ€™t be successful. At the end of the day take care of the business and the business will take care of you.


You canโ€™t talk about Michaelโ€™s Roofing, or Mike, without talking about his dog Hatch. The name derives from the roofing hammer tool, called a hatchet, but everyone knows him as Hatch.

โ€œHeโ€™s our mascot,โ€ says Mike. Hatch has been on plenty of roofs himself, including one memorable day where he slid off of a pollen covered roof, only to bounce up and play frisbee with the neighbors next door. He goes to work every day, sitting in the front seat of Mikeโ€™s truck. And Hatch gets his own breakfast at Chick-fil-A every dayโ€”a breakfast sandwich and sweet tea in a pup cup.

And rumor has it that Hatch sleeps in bed alongside Mike and wife Lisa. Granddaughter Marissa says, โ€œHe would share a bowl with that dog!โ€ Mike laughs and says, โ€œCustomers know me as โ€˜the man with the dog!โ€™โ€

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Mikeโ€™s family includes Lisaโ€”his wife of 27 yearsโ€”3 daughters and 9 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mike jokes, โ€œI used to like my children and grandchildren but now I have a great grandbaby who is my favorite!โ€

A close family, his daughter Brandy went to work with him from a young age. โ€œI would take her to work with me, put a rope around her waist and tie her off to a tree or chimney so she wouldnโ€™t wander off and she would have a coloring book to keep her busy. Every morning she would stand by the truck ready to go.โ€

Today he spends most of his free time outdoors working around the house or hunting and fishing at his farm in Sylvania. He and Lisa enjoy riding their motorcycles or jet skis and spending time with their grandkids.

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Knowing they have helped their community means the world to Mike and Lisa. Lisa says, โ€œOver the past four decades, homeowners have been sending us handwritten letters, thanking us for taking care of them and their roofing needs. Every letter is kept in a file, and every personal note copied and saved in scrapbooks.โ€

Handwritten letters have now evolved to online reviews which are cherished just as deeply, printed and saved just the same. This is done in hopes that the future generation of Michaelโ€™s Roofing understands the true meaning of honesty, integrity, and dedication

The Bible verse Proverbs 22 (KJV) verseโ€”A good name is rather to be chosen than great richesโ€”is very meaningful to Mike because, โ€œwe strive to make the name Michaelโ€™s Roofing synonymous with exceptional quality, craftsmanship, and customer service. Everything we doโ€”installing your roof, working with your insurance company on storm claims, and the behind the scenes of our businessโ€”reflects that goal.โ€

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Get more from our interview with Mike Cannon of Michael's Roofing.