3 Winter Home Building Myths

As temperatures drop and snow fills our forecasts, Ryan Legacy Builders thought it would be a great time to discuss building a home during winter months. We wanted to break 3 popular myths about constructing a new home during the winter. With new technology and building methods, there are actually quite a few perks to building a new home at this time!

  • Myth #1: “Winter Projects Take Much Longer.”  A blizzard will certainly stop progress on home building, but outdoor crews often work through light snow flurries. No matter what time of year a construction project starts, there are always going to be weather-related obstacles. A construction worker’s productivity will not be hindered by cold weather any more than extreme heat and harsh conditions that come with summertime. Exterior work can be done on a new home when temperatures are in the 30’s and high 20’s as long as there is no ice. Interior work can be done as long as the house is sheeted with vapor barrier, and temporary heaters are kept running.
  • Myth #2: “Concrete Poured During Cold Weather Will Be Weaker.” In order to combat the slower curing times for concrete in the winter, additives such as calcium chloride are added to the concrete mix. Concrete with additives compared to concrete without additives shows no significant differences in strength when both are fully cured. Concrete walls with additives in the mixture must, and do, meet building code requirements.
  • Myth #3: “Framing Wood is Compromised By Snow.” It is true that, in a perfect world, every day in the framing stage would be 72 degrees and sunny with low humidity but we rarely are fortunate enough for that to be the case. Since inclement weather is more likely than not to occur, the lumber industry has and continues to develop procedures that are used in the milling process that inhibit the deleterious effects of poor weather. Framing lumber is kiln dried and delivered to the job site at 19 % moisture content. This is the case throughout the entire year and it is when ambient humidity becomes a factor. Snow has no adverse effects on lumber as long as it is removed before melting.

Although challenges may come up, a high-quality home will be constructed no matter what time of year. Building in the winter means your home will be ready in the spring. Relocating in the spring and early summer is much easier on a family especially when switching school systems. Children can have the entire summer to meet new friends in the area before starting in a new school in the fall.