19 Jan 3 Myths About Building a Custom Home In the Winter
3 Myths About Building a Custom Home In the Winter
When you think about which time of year is best to start construction on a brand new custom home, you’ll probably not be ranking the winter time high on your list of preferred seasons. However, most of the reasons people choose not to build in the winter are based on myths that simply are not true.
It is common for people to put off projects until the warmer months of the year, such as spring or summer. This is because most people do not understand that most of what they have heard about building in the winter time is not true.
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Here are some common myths about building a custom home in the winter.
Winter Projects Take Much Longer
This myth is based on the idea that construction workers work considerably slower in the frigid air of winter. The truth is that no matter what time of year a construction project starts, there are going to be weather-related obstacles. Summer might have warmer temperatures, but it also brings with severe rain storms and sweltering heat.
Construction workers spend a lot of time in the punishing heat of summer and projects continue as always. Cold weather will not hinder a construction worker’s productivity any more than extreme heat and harsh conditions that come with the summertime.
Framing Wood Is Compromised by Snow
One myth about building in the winter is that colder air is rougher on building materials, specifically framing wood. The fact is that lumber manufacturers understand that inclement weather is common throughout the year. They have taken steps to advance their products to hold up to the elements like never before.
Snow does not affect lumber any more than rain does, so long as it is not allowed melt while still on the wood. Lumber used for framing is manufactured with a small about of moisture inside the actual wood. When lumber is exposed to constant humidity, like in the summer time, lumber will only absorb more moisture.
Lumber will actually lose this moisture much quicker in the winter when the humidity is lower and rain storms are much less frequent. This process is further accelerated when heating is introduced, which is common when construction takes place in the winter.
Concrete Poured During Cold Weather Will Be Weaker
In order to combat the slower curing times for concrete in the winter, additives are added to ensure it dries and cures on time. There is a common misconception that the additive calcium chloride causes finished concrete to be much weaker than pure concrete.
The reality is that the two types of concrete are marginally different in strength when fully cured – concrete with additives still meets the same building code requirements.
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