DuBOIS — After much discussion and research, directors of the DuBois Area School District have decided to put new rubber roofs on two of its schools.
The board approved Strongland Roofing Systems to replace and install a new roof at the DuBois Area High School at a cost of $1,741,560 in an 8-0 vote. Director Larry Salone was absent.
As a late agenda item, directors approved David A. Maines Association to replace and install a new roof on C.G. Johnson Elementary in Reynoldsville at a cost of $660,294, also in an 8-0 vote.
“We have spent many hours looking over the information, asking questions and finding answers,” said Director Mark Gilga, maintenance committee chairman, at Thursday’s meeting.
Gilga said the committee would like to recommend the asphalt layer roofing system that was recommended from the Garland Co. at the Feb. 15 work session.
“We feel that it’s a better product, better warranties, more oversight during the installing process, but after looking at things and realizing all the things that need maintenance, repairs, and whatnot, we were looking at our financial situation,” Gilga said. “We have a tower to replace, a PoolPak to replace, numerous projects that need done.”
In addition to the high school and C.G. Johnson, the board was also considering replacing the middle school’s roof.
“Some things, if you let go, it’s going to escalate the other things, like brick work,” Gilga said.
To replace the high school roof using an asphalt layer roof, it would have cost $3,329,656. To replace C.G. Johnson’s roof with an asphalt roof, it would have cost $914,954.
“So you are looking at a total for two roofs of $4,244,610,” Gilga said. “We believe that’s a very good roof, but keep in mind, we have all these other projects coming up.”
The committee also looked at the price of an EPDM rubber roof. Both asphalt and rubber roofs are 30 year old roofs.
“We were looking at warranty, but also we were looking at what’s going to hold up the best, and I think (Superintendent) Dr. (Luke) Lansberry did his research on the original roof at the high school was asphalt layered, and it lasted like 31 years,” Gilga said.
The high school was built in 1961, and the roof was replaced in 1999, Lansberry said. The original roof was an asphalt layered roof with gravel top, and that roof lasted 31 years before they came back in 1999 to put a rubber roof over top of it.
“The high school, actually the front half, has two roofs that need to be removed, and that’ll double the cost because we can’t put a third one on,” Lansberry said. “Take off the rubber one; take off the layered one, and then start adding them back.”
Gilga said they priced out the rubber roof and found that to do both in rubber is $2,401,854, which reduces the cost by about $2 million.
“That would leave the middle school with a roof that needs to be replaced,” Gilga said.
“Basically, what it all boils down to is one roof’s more expensive, with possibly better quality, but then we can get more roofs done if we do the other one,” said board President Patty Fish. “You’ve done your reviews in the past. I don’t think there’s really too much negative with either one.”
“The savings is over $1.8 million,” Director Ben Haugh said. With the rubber roof being installed, that potentially means the middle school roof could be done next year. “Looking at them and comparing them, there’s not that great a difference that I would feel we could afford not to save the $1.8 million, and possibly be able to afford to do another roof.”
During the investigative work, Fish noted that from the last week of August until a day or so ago, there have been 11 leaks to address at the high school.
“That’s our most needed roof is the high school,” she said.
Also as a late agenda item, the board awarded the bid for the brick casing repointing/replacement at C.G. Johnson in areas where needed to Steger Masonry Inc. at a cost of $133,694, which was the lowest bid meeting specifications.
Gilga said it needs to be done, but they were told the new roof should be put in first.
“The water is getting in it, it’s breaking the joints of the bricks,” Gilga said. “The longer you let it go, the more it’s going to cost, the more damage it’s doing.”
After talking with maintenance Supervisor Steve Dunlap, Gilga said it’s costing the district about $300 a month to have maintenance workers conduct roof repairs.
“We can wait, but then we’ve got the bricks that are being broken up from water damage, we’ve got man hours that could be spent somewhere else other than patching holes in the roof,” Gilga said.