Feb 26, 2020 Share Back to Blog How Weather Affects Your Custom Build Your home is a lot of things. It is a place where family and friends gather. It is a place where you make memories. But before any of that, your home is a shelter from the elements. Your home’s exterior (roofing, siding, brickwork, etc.) protects the interior and your belongings from rain, wind, cold and heat. But have you ever thought about the effect that weather can have on a home that is being built in the conventional way – a.k.a. outdoors? Before your home’s armour (exterior) is applied, concrete must be poured, wooden framing must be erected, plywood sub-flooring must be laid, and so forth. The weather, no doubt, can have a profound effect on the construction process. Your Home’s Foundation The weather can present certain challenges when it comes to pouring concrete. While a home’s foundation can be poured in cold weather, it is important to follow certain protocol. Otherwise, the foundation may crack once the ground begins to thaw. For example, for concrete to cure, it should be kept at consistent temperatures in order to reach the correct strength measurement. Likewise, tools and forms need to be prevented from getting too cold so that they don’t negatively affect the concrete that comes in contact with them. You may also be surprised to learn that hot dry weather can also pose a problem for your home’s foundation. When it’s too hot, it can cause water to evaporate from concrete too quickly making it lose some of its compressive strength. A good builder is always well-prepared to deal with the harsh elements a Canadian winter can bring. Wood Weather can also wreak havoc on your home’s wood components. It is no secret that water is no friend to wood, so rain, snow, and humidity can damage the integrity of your home’s wood components while it is being built outdoors. For example, when plywood sub-flooring gets rained or snowed on and isn’t allowed to dry, it can swell and buckle. Additionally, engineered wood products including laminated veneer lumber and I-joists, have a limited ability to withstand moisture. Other Components Of course, concrete and wood aren’t the only components of your new home build that can be affected by weather. Cold weather may delay the spraying of insulation and the manipulation of electrical wire. Also, wood that absorbs too much moisture can cause windows to warp. Time Delays Finally, one of the most immediately noticeable effects that weather can have on your home building project is time delays. Poor weather conditions can cause a home’s completion to be delayed by weeks or sometimes months – which is not only inconvenient, but costly! At Quality Homes, we eliminate the “weather factor”. At this point you may be thinking, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way that we could avoid all the problems with weather that can occur during a new home construction? Well, at Quality Homes, we do just that. Our modular homes are built indoors in a climate-controlled environment. That means we can completely avoid the problems of moisture, heat and cold, as well as weather-related time delays. Building indoors means we can build to a higher standard. It’s time to change the way you think about home building. If you are ready to build your new custom home, why not have it built indoors. Your home will protect you and your family from the elements for many years to come so why not protect your home from the elements while it is being built?! For more information, contact Quality Homes today.