Do construction companies shut down business in the cold winter months? Do they do like the birds and fly south to work in warmer climates? No, they don’t and here are a few reasons why.
Because of budgetary planning, many decisions regarding construction projects are made in September, at the close of the third quarter. This peak decision-making time, however, could lead to projects being scheduled for cooler-weather months. For those in northern climates, project owners have two options: go ahead with the project in the coldest weather of the year or wait until the spring thaw.
As a Vinyl Design Corporation dealer, you may face these less-than-perfect conditions at some point in the year or construction process, so it is crucial to know what problems or additional costs could arise ahead of time and plan for the worst (while, of course, hoping for the best).
Perhaps the greatest challenge for winter-weather construction is frozen ground. When the ground is frozen, a number of problems can arise. Concrete footings cannot be placed for our Vinyl Design Sunrooms, only so much digging can be done on frozen ground, and melting frosts can lead to more mud and water in the construction site. Another challenge can be the fact that some homeowners will not want the exposure to winter weather with replacement windows or an entry door. So with this in mind, you need to have great communication with the homeowner.
Schedule and budget
No matter what measures you take, sometimes these issues cannot be solved with anything but patience. If your business is contracted to begin a Vinyl Design Sunroom or replacement windows project in the cold winter months, it’s important to encourage patience among your project team and with your homeowner. Although the waiting game can be difficult, it is a possibility that should be addressed during the planning phases of your project, to reduce the impact on overall project budget and schedule.
No matter your situation, two key factors are vital to winter construction: patience and flexibility. If you can encourage both and have adequate planning, construction projects in winter months can be possible and profitable with Vinyl Design Corporation. Contact us today to get setup as a dealer.