It’s hard to believe that the cool fall weather we’ve been experiencing here in Omaha will soon turn cold and freezing. With winter fast-approaching, it may seem like it’s time to put your deck-building dreams on hold until next spring. However, just because the winter chill may slow down some aspects of the project, this is definitely a great time to work on a new deck project. If you’ve ever wondered whether you can build your deck during the winter months, there are a few things to think about to help you decide if it you’d like your deck building project to get started soon.
Planning Takes Time
As with every major building project, a certain amount of time must be invested into the planning process. After you approve of your deck design, prints need to be drawn up and then submitted to the city to obtain permits. At this point in time, it’s taking anywhere from three-and-a-half to four (3.5-4) weeks to get permits for deck construction projects.
Then there’s the all-important task of selecting the materials you want for your deck, which can be quick if you choose a wood deck because there are fewer selections available.
However, should you choose a composite deck, there are many different selections from which to choose, and it may take you some time to decide and finalize your composite deck finish and handrail choices.
Sometimes the materials selection process takes longer than expected, but the materials need to be obtained before breaking ground on a new deck project. Taking the winter months to make sure all these factors are in place makes it easier to get the new project going and completed on time. This is true whether we wait until the first moments of spring to work on your deck project, or we take advantage of breaks in the winter weather to build your deck.
Spring is the Busiest Season, But Spring Delays Can Occur Due to Wet Weather
Once the weather warms up during the early spring months, a large number of deck-building inquiries are made, as homeowners begin to look toward those sweet summer nights of bonfires and barbeques on their newly built decks. And don’t forget the plethora of backyard graduation parties each year in May, that are only possible because of well-built, party-ready decks that smart homeowners took the time to plan during the colder months before.
Deck building contractors are busier than ever once the spring hits, and hopefully won’t be slowed down by the often-precipitous months of April and May. By making your inquiries now, you can completely avoid being stuck in the spring rush. If you wait until spring to begin the process, you may be behind and fall victim to further delays in completing your deck due to the spring rains. Having your selections made and permits obtained ahead of spring will make the entire deck building process go more smoothly and give you the peace of mind that your project will be taken care of exactly the way you want it.
Your Landscaping May Be Less Affected on More Solid (Less Mushy) Ground
In any deck project, there is a lot of foot traffic back and forth to your deck location, as we work to construct a new deck or rehab your existing deck. During the spring, this can be especially difficult on the landscaping in your space. Excessive foot traffic, on land that is either soft from precipitation or trying to re-grow grass or other plants, can be detrimental to their growth. When decks are built in the winter, you won’t have to worry about landscaping as much (though we’re still very careful) as plants naturally start to either go dormant or die in the cold. By building your deck during this time, you will see less of an impact on your landscaping, giving your brand new deck the perfect view once spring arrives.
You Can Enjoy Your Deck Sooner
Of course, the best part about any new deck is the ability to enjoy it. Getting your family and friends together outdoors can happen earlier than ever if you plan your deck project now. You won’t have to wait for the coveted summer months in order to enjoy your community, and you can be the house everyone goes to for this year’s graduation parties! With a winter deck project, you can be ready to use your new space just a few months into the new year, if not sooner. If you factor heaters and other comfort amenities into your build, you won’t even have to wait for the weather to improve before you can start using your deck.
Tell us about your deck project, what you’re looking for and when you’d like it completed. Let us know if you want to build your deck during the winter months.