It can get pretty cold outside in the winter months, especially up North, and no one wants to be freezing, possibly with the exception of Wim Hof. However, sometimes cold is necessary, and if you are wanting to undergo new construction during these chilly months, here’s what to expect and what to do to combat some potential problems.
1. Budget Constraints
You will need to be sure to tell your client that the budget will need to be larger than it would normally be in warmer months. This increase is necessary due to extra fuel usage, which keeps equipment like concrete mixers and heaters onsite warm.
2. Scheduling Constraints
Because of the possibility of harsh weather conditions, it may take longer in the winter months to build a home. Workers move slower in cold weather because they wear heavier clothing, not to mention the dropped temperatures. If the weather becomes potentially dangerous, construction might end up being postponed until Spring because safety always has to come first. Snow hides hazards on the ground and makes it slippery and unsafe for workers, so remember to stay patient, and remind any clients of this as well.
3. Plan Ahead
Plan what needs to be done before the cold weather hits, and get it done. It would be best to finish the structure of the building so that workers can finish inside and keep warm without costly temporary external heaters. If cold precipitation is expected to come in, make sure the equipment is covered with a tarp for protection.
4. Keep Communication Open
As with any construction project, make sure you know what you want and you clearly communicate it with the contractor and crew. Take into account that cool weather makes everything harder, so you don’t want to have communication problems on top of everything else. Make sure everyone understands the project could take longer and cost more.
There are pros and cons to every construction project whether it’s done in the Spring or Winter. If you start a project in the Spring, your yard will be a construction site all Summer and if you start in the Winter, you have the Summer months to enjoy your yard and your privacy. So it’s completely up to you when you want the project completed, just be sure to be patient.