Renovating a home, no matter the time of year, can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming. However, renovating in the winter may come with its own set of additional issues.
Exterior renovations are especially risky during the colder months since the ground at your construction site can be slippery and wet. Plus, you need to take holiday travel schedules, inclement weather, and freezing temperatures into consideration. All of this can make finishing your remodel on time even more challenging than it already is.
To help you better prepare for wintertime home revamps, we tapped a few experts and asked them to divulge the most common missteps homeowners make. Avoid these mistakes when diving into a wintertime home renovation.
Choosing The Wrong Materials And Equipment
Not all materials can withstand freezing temperatures and snowy conditions.
For instance, keep in mind that plastic window sealants might not stick and timber might expand when it’s freezing.
Not Paying Attention To Electrical Safety Hazards
Working with electricity in the winter can be dangerous if there’s recent heavy snowfall.
Circuits and fuses can malfunction when wet, and poorly insulated wires can become damaged from low temperatures.
Downed power lines on your property might also be energized and cause electrocution if touched.
What’s more? Snowstorms often cause power outages that could prevent work from getting completed.
Not Making Indoor Space Available For Subcontractors
Subcontractors, like painters or tile setters, are essential to any renovation. They’ll need plenty of space to work, and you should be especially thoughtful of their needs, especially during inclement or cold weather.
Keep an open line of communication with your subcontractors, and make sure they have all the space they need to get the job done correctly.
Taking On Certain Projects At The Wrong Time Of Year
Indoor home renovations are easier to complete in the wintertime because the climate can be controlled. But for outdoor projects like a home addition or new roof, it’s probably best to hold off until the temperature heats up.
You can’t excavate frozen ground or pour concrete if it’s lower than 40 degrees out, points out Matthew Miller, principal and founder at StudioLAB in New York City.
Working on a roof during poor weather can be difficult, too. Roofs are inherently slippery, but recent rain, snowfall, or ice can make roof construction downright dangerous.
Courtesy of Realtor.com