With winter fast approaching we all know there is a rush to get work done. Especially anything to do with outside works. Unfortunately, due to the amount of construction going on at present sometimes schedules go out the window. This could be due to lack of skilled labour available within certain areas, hold up on materials or just bad planning. Below are some tips to help you get through the winter without loosing the plot and some of the main issues that can arise.
“I need you to start ASAP” is the usual request by homeowners and contractors this time of year. This is to beat the freeze that will be coming down the line. Sorry to say if you don’t have someone lined up you are going to have issues. Masonry works need to be completed above 4 degrees or the mortar will not set to full strength. Even though you may think, Great I’m getting the job done be prepared for issues with the project down the line unless you are tarped in and heated. This is going to add cost to your project, could be up to 20% depending on how severe the weather gets. You will be left with two options, book your crew now for the spring or get stuck in and be prepared for the cold weather.
The last thing you want is burst pipes both exterior and interior. Given the damage that can be done I would advise to turn off all your outside water and drain the pipes, so they won’t be susceptible to cracking once it freezes. If you are doing a renovation one would suggest wrapping the interior exposed pipes in insulation. Although not a guarantee it will help stop them from freezing. I would also suggest running heat inside during the cold periods.
You may not believe this, but construction workers are people too. Productivity will drop during winter months. Let’s face it who wants to be working out in the damp and cold. Keep your crews happy and you will get through it alright.
Everything is harder during the winter so be expecting to pay a little more. If someone wanted you to do work in the snow I’m sure you would like to be compensated also. Between heat, tarps and delays due to weather constraints it all will add up.
Keep your site clean and dry
A clean work site makes life a lot easier for any contractors coming in and out of the job site. Although the ground will freeze and be hard it is no harm in putting down gravel around the house before the freeze comes or even just the front of the house. It makes life a lot easier before it gets too wet and your site turns into a mud hole.
If you need advice how to battle the Winter elements during your build feel free to get in contact!