Reasons to Build Your Deck in Winter
Decks provide a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors while being able to relax. If you’ve been considering adding a deck to your home, you don’t have to wait until spring or summer to do so. While having a deck built might seem like a warm weather project, there are several good reasons to do it in winter. Keep the following advantages in mind when you’re deciding when to get your deck project started.
It’s Better for Your Lawn and Landscape
Deck projects can take a toll on your lawn and landscaping when they’re done in spring. During spring, the ground tends to hold more water, which means that having regular foot traffic on it from contractors can flatten our your lawn and ruin its appearance. There’s also a higher chance of accidentally having flowers, plants and other springtime landscaping elements damaged when you have a deck built during this time of year. In winter, the ground is frozen, and there are fewer landscape elements to worry about being damaged.
More Even Drying for Lumber
The lumber used for decking is typically pressure treated, which means it has a moisture content of roughly 50 percent at first. As the wood dries out, it’s more prone to becoming warped or split when the weather is warmer and more humid. When you start your deck project in summer, drying can affect the quality of the wood, especially if lumber is exposed to direct sunlight. Having your deck built in winter results in more even drying due to lower humidity levels and temperatures, which leads to a lower risk of having lumber split or warp. This helps you end up with a high-quality deck that maintains an even appearance.
Lower Cost for Materials
While there’s no guarantee, you might be able to save money on the cost of materials for having a deck built in winter. During the winter months, the demand for these types of materials is usually lower. In some cases, contractors can get a lower price from suppliers and pass those savings on to you. The lower material costs can help you save money overall on your new deck.
Less Wait Time
Contractors are typically busier in spring and summer when it comes to deck installations and other home renovations. This could result in longer wait times, which can be a significant disadvantage if you were hoping to have your deck completed by a specified date. Longer wait times can also mean that you end up with less time to enjoy your addition when it’s warm out. Having a new deck built in winter means you don’t have to wait as long for contractors to schedule your project, and you’ll be able to start using it as soon as the weather gets warmer.
If you’re thinking of having a deck built this winter, please contact Quality Craftsmen. We offer dependable, high-quality home renovations, including decking, siding, kitchen remodeling and more.