Common Myths About Building a Home in the Winter
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Common Myths About Building a Home in the Winter

December 10, 2018

For anyone not familiar with the process of building a custom home, it might seem like winter is the worst possible time to get a project rolling. After all, cold or rainy conditions are bound to have all sorts of negative impacts on the finished product, right? Well, you might be surprised! There are a lot of myths floating around about the best, worst and flat-out impossible times of year to build a custom home, and we are going to do our best to set the record straight.

Below, our experienced home builders in Sonoma County, CA discuss a few of the lingering myths about building a new home during the cold and damp of the winter months.

Myth #1: The work and workers suffer

Winter can be a brutal time of year for everyday activities, so how do construction workers survive when building a home in the throes of the cold winter season? The simple answer is that work typically slows during this time of year and they are anxious to keep the paychecks rolling in. Beyond that, you’ll find that the work they do, regardless of the season, remains at the highest level. Whether it is raining or sunny outside, construction teams are held to rigid inspection standards, so you can rest easy knowing the job will be done well.

Myth #2: Project costs soar

It’s often thought that rain and snow are harder to work in, so construction projects either grind to a halt or get really expensive. The simple fact of the matter is that, yes, you will encounter some unexpected costs during winter building, but spring and summer are the times when material costs typically spike. Doing a winter build might actually save you money in the sense that many companies are anxious to take whatever work comes their way. Talk with your team and see if there is any financial incentive to delaying the project start until the winter months.

Myth #3: Quality is at risk

Perhaps the most prevalent rumor swirling around is that materials like lumber and plywood are ruined once they come into contact with rain or snow. While it might not be great to leave materials uncovered for a long, wet winter, they are resilient and can be used once wet without impacting sturdiness or quality. The same is true of concrete poured in a wet or cold environment. A professional concrete team will be able to make adjustments to the mixture to accommodate the specific curing demands of each situation. Keep in mind that concrete and the frame of the house must also pass inspections with flying colors.

When all is said and done, having a team that includes you in the conversation and answers any questions you have is very important. Be an engaged client and you’ll find there is less to worry about than you initially thought. To hire an experienced team of home builders in Sonoma County, CA, pick up the phone and call ABA Custom Homes Inc. We look forward to working with you soon!

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