The warm summer months are ideal for most types of building and remodeling projects, such as roof replacement. However, projects like deck installation are more suited for the winter season. In this blog, Exterior Qualities Home Improvement shares insight on having your outdoor decks installed during the winter season.
The Cold, Hard Ground
New outdoor decks require concrete footing, which serves as the deck’s foundations. Frozen soil is actually much easier to work with, compared to moist soil during warm seasons. Concrete footing and house foundations are typically laid into the clay layer, which can be difficult to dig into at its normal consistency. The soil also packs tighter around the completed concrete footings as the soil consistency goes back to normal as the seasons change.
Dry Winter Air
Humidity levels dramatically drop as the days get colder, which is beneficial to deck installation. Concrete cures faster in dry conditions, which can cut installation time by hours, or even days. If you are using natural wood for your deck installation, the cold winter air will dry the timber naturally without the damaging effects of direct sunlight. This makes the winter season suitable for other similar types of home renovation, such as home additions and gazebos.
Booking Your Contractor
Another advantage of a winter deck installation is you get to avoid the rush, as is often the case during late spring to early fall. You can pick the contractor that you want, the start date that works with your plans, and you might even be able to negotiate a better rate. Getting an early start means you’ll have a nice new outdoor deck ready for your summer barbecue plans.
One thing you should consider and anticipate is that the winter weather may delay material delivery. Extruded materials like vinyl and composite may be made to order, which can push your estimated completion date a few days later. The good news is, an experienced contractor should already be aware of potential delays, and would incorporate this in their estimated time table.
Exterior Qualities Home Improvement is your leading provider of roof repair and deck installation services. Give us a call at (419) 779-6566 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Perrysburg, OH, and nearby areas.