College Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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Life-cycle analysis can provide the data for comparing costs over time. An analysis over a 20-year period, for example, may show that early roof replacement would be more expensive than yearly maintenance would have been. determine if any damage occurred during the winter. Since many commercial roof warranties have a built-in requirement for inspections, failure to follow through can provide an "out" for roofing companies. "Every warranty is different, but that's one reason to follow the maintenance inspection regime," Wilen says. "Coordination is necessary so that maintenance people are informed of such requirements." The Long Term While institutional cultures vary, a common problem seems to be a lack of balance in budgeting perspectives. This in turn may present challenges in convincing administrators to place a priority on maintenance. "There's a constant ballet between folks with short-term budgets and those looking at things more long-term," says Wilen. "If the culture is more about yearly budgets it will be more of a challenge." He says that making campus leaders aware of warranty requirements is one way to help bridge any gaps. This can be an especially strong point if the school has paid for a robust warranty. Conducting a life-cycle analysis can be another effective strategy. "Life-cycle analysis is becoming a popular topic within the construction industry and sustained building movement," Wilen says. Such an analysis can provide the data for comparing costs over time. An analysis over a 20-year period, for example, may show that early roof replacement would be more expensive than yearly maintenance would have been. Presented with these kinds of details, decision-makers may be more likely to provide the resources and administrative support needed for a strong maintenance program. CPM Mark Rowh is a Virginia-based freelance writer specializing in higher education and business topics. Graduate to the smart roofing system. The Duro-Last® roofing system scores high marks when it comes to long-term performance. Our precision fabrication process produces a roof custom engineered for your building, with up to 85 percent of membrane seaming completed in our factory before delivery to the job site. That means your authorized Duro-Last contractor can install your roof in less time, with less disruption, and with less chance for installation problems than other roofing systems. The result? You get a leak-proof roof that lasts for decades with little to no maintenance, saving you time, money, and energy over the long haul. That's smart thinking. Get all "A's" on your next roofing project with the Duro-Last roofing system. To find out more, call us or visit www.duro-last.com/value and request our free brochure. 800-248-0280 • www.duro-last.com "Duro-Last" and the "World's Best Roof" are registered marks owned by Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. JANUARY 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 57

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