Out of all the questions homeowners ask us in regards to planning and building an anticipated outdoor living space addition, the most frequently asked is “WHEN is the best time to build?” Many factors can fall into play when answering this question, but in essence if you are ready to pursue your addition then there is no time like the present to get the ball rolling!
While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project since we build structures year-round, there are advantages to begin the process during the fall and winter months.
- Advantage — A good reason to begin your outdoor structure in the late fall and winter months is there may be less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time because there is less backlog and this can often make the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for the arrival of the outdoor living season in the months ahead. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the warm season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can greatly reduce those wait times.
- Advantage — If you are considering a structure built from wood, a cooler month project timeline will provide many benefits. Wood requires a time period of acclimation and curing. The laws of expansion and contraction always apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as those in summer, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer or paint will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the fall & winter the least humid times of year, your new wooden deck or other outdoor structure will have ample time to cure in order to properly accept the sealer or paint you choose.
- Advantage — Your lawn and landscape will incur less stress by choosing to build during the cooler months of the year — this is because most turf grasses, trees and shrubs are in their dormant period during the late fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience permanent damage from having to be trimmed or pruned to accommodate the addition of a backyard space. Aside from the landscape, construction during the winter will cause less of an interruption to your family’s day-to-day activities and lifestyle as most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the warmer months.
- Advantage — Choosing to move ahead with your project now will save you money in the long-run. This is a driving factor that drives many “fence-sitters” to move ahead. Material prices typically rise during the first part of a new year, especially when dealing with synthetic materials such as composite used for decking. Along with saving money on materials in some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can also help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low which can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul. Even if our project timeline exceeds the calendar year, deciding on your intended design and getting the contract signed prior to the end of November will ensure you are locked into this year’s pricing. For many homeowners, the savings are reason enough to move ahead with getting all the logistics in place now, instead of waiting until later.
If you are on the fence about moving forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams now is the perfect time to get your project on the schedule! Contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more our consultation is free but the benefits are priceless! You can call us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true”