Homeowners often wait until spring or summer to schedule a deck project. They likely don’t realize there are advantages to building a deck in the winter months. Winter deck-building projects are feasible in Missouri since there are often stretches of mild weather, even in the middle of the season. A new deck is a significant investment in your home, and winter home improvement projects often offer cost savings. Winter deck projects can also usually be completed before warm spring weather arrives. This means you can start enjoying your new outdoor living space as soon as possible.
Advantages of Winter Deck Projects
One of the most significant advantages of building a deck in the winter is scheduling. Spring through fall are the busiest times for high-quality professional contractors, with spring tending to be the most active. It generally takes longer to get on the schedule as most contractors will have a longer waiting list during the spring and summer months. You can drastically reduce your wait time by scheduling your deck project during winter. Experienced crews understand how to work around weather conditions and can often complete a deck pretty quickly, even in the winter.
Less Lumber Movement
Whether your decking is composite or wood, your deck framing will likely be pressure-treated lumber. In the winter, because of the lower humidity, the wood will be able to dry and stabilize more consistently, which means less wood movement for the deck framing. Having less lumber movement during construction is a significant advantage of building a deck in the winter.
Ideal Drier Months For Staining
The advantages of building a deck in winter include increasing your chances of being able to stain earlier in the year. Applying a stain to a deck during the drier winter months ensures the stain dries faster and evenly, preventing cracking and discoloration. Applying stain to wood in warmer summer temperatures is more problematic as it could evaporate before it sinks into the wood.
Better Digging Conditions
Frozen ground or snow rarely stops a professional deck builder from making progress on your deck. Better digging conditions are one of the practical advantages of building a deck in winter. The cold may even help the digging process for your deck’s footings. Working on the hard winter ground instead of mud in spring can significantly help your deck’s foundation.
Less Damage to Your Yard and Landscaping
Keeping your yard and landscaping protected from damage caused by heavy foot traffic is a huge advantage of building in the winter. Your grass should be dormant, and the ground should be firmer, so you can expect minimal damage to your lawn. Experienced deck contractors will be mindful of any landscaping you have and do their best to work around it so you won’t have to start over in the spring. There should also be less damage to your grass and landscaping due to heavy machinery.
You May Save Money on Material Costs
Sometimes the companies where deck contractors buy materials will lower their prices during the winter since demand is usually lower. Deck companies will often pass those savings on to their customers to make it more attractive for them to schedule a winter project rather than waiting for spring. Who doesn’t want to save money? Saving some money can be one of the most significant advantages of building a deck in the winter for homeowners.
Don’t Wait If a New Deck Is On Your Wish List
By scheduling your deck project now, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new deck at the beginning of warmer weather. Adding a new deck or replacing one past its prime creates an excellent outdoor area for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. It’s essential to plan your new deck the right way. Many factors are involved in building a deck, but timing is the most important one. Having your deck built in the winter frees up your time in the spring and summer seasons, leaving you more time to kick back and relax on your spectacular new deck.
Choose RainTight for Your Outdoor Living Needs
RainTight has unique solutions that allow you to enjoy your existing deck, patio, or porch regardless of the weather. Our team has decades of experience designing and installing custom-made underdecking systems, screen rooms, and patio covers. We can create a custom design that increases the value of your home, blends seamlessly with your existing architecture, and provides years of enjoyment.
RainTight’s headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in O’Fallon, Missouri. Since 2007, we’ve served clients throughout the greater St. Louis area. We are also pleased to serve clients in the Lake of the Ozarks region. Contact us online or call us at 636-242-6202 to discuss your needs and schedule a free consultation.