Your Home: Building in the winter
When is the perfect time of the year to build a home? There isn’t one, but now may be a good time. In this edition of Your Home, Innae Park reports about building a home in the winter.
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When is the perfect time to build a home? With winter wrapping up, you may not think that now would be an ideal time, but in fact, there really isn't one.
"We have perfect days, but we never have a perfect time of year. In winter, we have frost. In spring, the rains come. Summer is the heat and the flash thunderstorms. In the fall, you have a mix of weather. That's why we're prepared to go all 12 months out of the year," said Frank Barbera, Custom Home Builder.
While building can happen year round, that doesn't mean there aren't concerns this time of year.
"We have to adapt to all kinds of weather conditions. For builders, we're able to build 12 months out of the year. When winter rolls around, pouring concrete is always a concern; but, manufacturers have a hot mix that we use. So, we are able to pour concrete in the winter. The framing crews, if you look around, it never bothers them. So, they are used to this type of weather. Once the house is kind of buttoned up like we have here, we're able to work just like in any other season,” said Barbera.
During the winter months, it may seem like most of the work in building a home will be on the inside. As Barbera tells us, the outside of the home can be constructed as well.
"Everything we can do in the summer, we can do in the winter, when it comes to the exteriors of the home, whether it is putting up vinyl siding, shingles, stone, brick. That can all be done at this time of year, as well. In the winter time, the one thing we're not able to finish is the exterior grading of the homes. We just do a rough grade and painting. Any type of painting and staining we'll wait until the spring time to finish that up,” said Barbera.
If you're concerned about all of the wood in the framing of the home and the weather conditions, you shouldn't be. As Barbera told us, they limit the amount of exposure by doing several lumber drops throughout the building process.