Many customers assume that we only build outdoor spaces during the warmer seasons, but that is not the case. We build decks in the winter season, too. Even though building during colder months presents some difficulties, with the right steps, it can actually be done efficiently. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for deck building in the colder months. Keep reading to learn how it’s possible.
Deck Building Challenges (That Our Team Can Solve) During Deck Construction in the Colder Months
The first and most important thing to consider when installing footings is the ground conditions. In some cases, the ground may be frozen which can make the installation difficult. However, with the right equipment, it is possible to get the job done. Our team has the experience, knowledge, and equipment to get your project done, no matter the ground conditions.
Cracks In The Concrete
There are a few tricks to getting concrete to set without cracking. First, we mix the concrete with a hardening agent that will help it harden before the water inside can freeze.
And then we can benefit from pouring into holes because the ground helps insulate concrete from the outside elements, unlike pouring into a form that is fully exposed. Heat is also generated by the chemical reaction that sets concrete, and the ground prevents that heat from escaping.
And lastly, we need to lay out concrete insulated blankets on the top of the piers. Concrete blankets are effective in insulating heat and protecting against elements while concrete sets.
Additionally, the black side of the blanket can absorb sunlight to keep the concrete above freezing temperature until the setting is complete. In most cases, we take these measures before it even gets cold enough to be necessary. This way, when wintertime projects start, we can begin building immediately.
Expansion or Contraction Caused by Thermal Movements
When installing decking during the winter, you also need to think about thermal movements. Thermal movements are when the materials expand and contract because of the temperatures outside.
We only offer the best brands in composite decking that are known to have the least thermal movement. Each brand of decking will have a manufacturer’s specification for the spacing between boards based on the temperature it is being installed in. These are very important to follow because the last thing you want is for deck boards/fascia to buckle because you didn’t leave enough space for the material to move. You also don’t want to leave too much space between the material and the frame. This can be a problem because it will show the frame underneath. That’s why it is important to have a contractor who knows a lot about the material. This way, you can be sure that the deck will still look good even if it is built in different conditions.
Build A Custom Deck This Winter
And the rest is quite simple. Our guys have been building year-round for many years and are prepared for the cold elements. Building decks during the winter does take a little more time but a lot of our customers love it when they can enjoy their deck in the spring. So you don’t have to postpone your deck building plans. If you’re interested in building a deck this winter, feel free to consult with us and we’d be glad to help.