Winter weather and construction work, this dreadful combination is often a contractor’s nightmare. And rightly so. The wintry mix brings along a unique set of risk exposures both for construction work and the workers. It is near impossible to get a perfect job done when the temperature keeps plummeting. But top constructors got a few secret tips under their sleeves that makes winter construction a breeze. And in this blog, I am going to reveal all their secrets. So, read on!
Construction in cold weather has many limitations. But the biggest problem is the concrete! The setting time and the quality of concrete can be largely impacted by a drop in the temperature. Another non-negotiable risk is worker’s health!
Temperature plays a big role in determining the strength and durability of concrete. A drop in temperature can double the time for the concrete to set. Further, colder weather can impact the quality of concrete and it needs all the right ingredients in the right measures!
Secondly, pouring concrete on frozen ground can result in cracks in the concrete. Sometimes, if the ground is too cold then the top part of the concrete may set it leaving the bottom part soft and sludgy. This can completely ruin the project!
Another big concern for contractors working in the winter season is the health of their workers. Cold stress is a real threat and it can be very detrimental. From causing minor shivers to frostbites to hypothermia, working on-site in the cold weather can negatively affect worker’s health.
Although cold winters aren’t perfect for construction work, they are still workable. Follow these simple construction tips and the result would be just stunning!
As I already said, getting the concrete right is the most crucial and most difficult job in the winter. So, make sure you have the accurate recipe to blend the concrete right. This includes avoiding fly ash or slag cement as they make the setting time longer. Also, using the right setting accelerators and adding extra cement to the mix can prevent frost damage and speed up the setting time.
This is a life-saving hack that smart constructors swear by. Reducing the amount of water results in higher density, thus adding to the strength and weather-resistant qualities of the cement.
Prevention is always better than cure. Take proper winter precautions for your site workers and make sure not to overburden them to meet an unreal deadline. This not only improves the quality of your work but also cements the relationship between you and your workers!
Winter is coming and this winter, make sure to make the most of it with these construction tips. This is that time of the year when the air set into the festive mode. Many people plan to get their house renovated, before stepping into a new year. So, put on your gears and skyrocket your business!