Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014 - (Page 26)
The $1 Million Mistake
When the cost of deferred maintenance catches up with you.
By Joe Miller
he year was 1988, and the condominium in need of
Seal Masters of Hawaii's services consisted of a highrise tower with an upper and lower parking structure,
as well as a low-rise building with an upper and lower
parking structure. Built in 1972, the buildings and
parking structures were still fairly new and both upper
parking decks were bare concrete and had never been
waterproofed. There was no spalled or cracked concrete
on either of the upper parking decks. The AOAO had
the funds available to waterproof only one of the upper
parking structures. They chose to waterproof the smaller
24,000-square-foot deck, leaving the larger 32,000-squarefoot deck for another year. The cost to coat the smaller deck
with a well-known polyurethane, nonskid waterproofing
membrane in 1988 was $72,000, or $3 per square foot.
Twenty years later, Seal Masters of Hawaii was hired
to repair and waterproof both parking decks. By 2008 the
buildings and parking structures were more than 36 years
old and significant concrete cracking and spalling was
observed on the larger upper parking deck. The smaller
upper parking deck that was waterproofed 20 years
prior in 1988 showed no evidence of concrete cracking or
spalling, and it was recoated for $120,000. However, before
the waterproof coating could be applied on the larger deck,
nearly the entire top two inches of spalled concrete had
to be removed and replaced at a cost of almost $1 million.
This expense could have been eliminated if the deck had
been waterproofed 20 years prior.
It's important for AOAO owners and property
managers to understand the importance of waterproofing
all horizontal and vertical surfaces of their buildings
and parking structures. So much money can be saved by
protecting these valuable structures from
Hawaii's salty rain and humidity.
Joe Miller is the president of Seal Masters of Hawaii.
The company has been in business since 1986 and is
known as one of the most knowledgeable and respected
building and structure renovation firms in Hawaii.
Services include concrete spall repair, waterproofing,
painting, and window and guard rail replacement.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014
Signs & Safety How Do I Get Out Of Here?
Signs Of A Safe Building
A Sign From The Feds
Water Savings Coming Clean With Recycled Water
Water & Energy: Two-For-One Savings
Solar Hawaii’s Leaders In Solar
Waterproofing Cementious Coating Vs. Polyurethane Foam
The $1 Million Mistake
Seal The Deal
Resin Injections Save Basement
Waste Management Keeping The Trash Industry Clean
Assistance Animals Making Room For Rover
Green Cleaning Be Green: Resources & Tips
Building Management Hawaii December/January 2014