Construction During the Most Volatile Rainy Seasons

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Spring and summer represent the ideal time of year to tackle those big reconstruction projects that have been put on the back burner during the fall and winter months.  Like any reconstruction project that relies heavily on manpower, contractors and subcontractors, it’s wise to factor in delays caused by human error, ordering of materials, and slow delivery times.  But if the construction will be taking place outdoors, factoring rain delays is not only wise, it’s often mandatory.

Rain is Responsible for the Majority of Construction Delays

Annoyances like a disappointing paint swatch, or temperamental air compressor can certainly cause a slow in schedule, but rain can halt construction completely depending on the type of renovation taking place.  Delays like this often result in lost revenue and increased expenditures.  Most construction projects take place in the spring when April showers are at their strongest, but it’s wise to plan for those unpredictable summer showers as well.

A Few Ways Rain Can Wash Out Construction and Cause Delays

  • Wood Frames Morph and Crack – Untreated wood loves to soak up rain like a sponge.  Trouble is, this excess moisture can cause swelling, morphing, and cracking in wooden frames. A warped frame in the beginning leads to poor foundation construction, eventual leaks, and unnecessary headaches over time 
  • Loose Soil Leads to Erosion and Structure Resettling – Heavy rains can wash away significant amounts of soil which may compromise the stability of a foundation as the ground dries and the structure resettles into the earth.  Uneven settling like this leads to cracks in the foundation, weakened walls, and could result in expensive, yet avoidable, repairs.
  • Fitted Structures Don’t Fit – Rain damage and morphing can cause swelling which results in fitted structures, like door  and window frames, failing to fit as designed.  Failing to create a tight seal due to an improper fit leads to excessive heating and cooling bills due to drafts and leaks.  
  • Metal Structures Are Subject to Rusting – Selecting metal supports instead of wood may result in a more stable structure over time, but rain damage in the early stages of construction can still have a damaging effect over time.  Most specifically in the form of rust, which can be just as much of a nuisance as the damaging effects of rain an untreated wood.

Keeping Dry and On-Schedule, Even in the Rain

Proper planning in the early stages of renovation can help avoid even the most bothersome of delays.  Clear communication up front will not only help establish the design scheme but it will also keep important details from falling through the cracks.  And just like an umbrella can keep you comfortable during a downpour, erecting a temporary shelter over your construction site can keep the work flowing smoothly, even during a monsoon.


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