How to Protect Material from Weather Damage during Construction

Constructing a house or a building is process that can take years. This means that the site and all the supplies will have to brave the elements. With each passing season, the materials will face a different set of problems. Damage caused by weather conditions can not only cost a lot of money, but also set the entire project back by months. 

Here are some ways to stay prepared during any season:

Wind Damage

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  • Loose materials like sand, topsoil and mulch should be covered with a sheet or sprayed with water in order to prevent erosion.
  • Temporary windbreaks can also be erected to keep these materials from flying around.
  • Even larger materials like sheets and piles of wood should be tightly secured during windy days and nights. s
  • The machines (especially cranes) should be kept in the prescribed manner (follow manufacturers guidelines) during harsh weather conditions. 

Rain Damage

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  • Potential flood areas should be identified and temporary drainage systems should be put in place. 
  • Electrical work should be kept off until the monsoons are over.
  • Until the roof and all openings are closed and secured, installation of finished products like flooring and drywall should be avoided. If already installed, then temporary coverings will be needed.

Heat Damage

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  • Concreting should be avoided during the warmest parts of the day (11:00AM to 4:00PM).
  • Sand, stone aggregators, cement and water should be stored under a shed.
  • Particular attention should be paid to protect all surfaces from drying. 
  • Soon after consolidation and surface finish of the concrete wet gunny bags and hessian cloths should be used to prevent the evaporation of moisture.
  • Bricks should be kept under shade to prevent them from becoming brittle.

Moisture Damage

Moisture

  • During high humidity conditions, keep certain materials at the manufacturing site or stocked in a storage facility to keep them dry.
  • Iron, steel, wood, paint and glue are all targets for moisture. These materials should be stored in a dry place and also extra care should be taken while installing.

Now there are various materials and methods that are specific to certain climates and locations. Smart planning and being prepared for any expected and unexpected weather conditions can help ensure that the project continues without any hiccups, come rain or shine. 

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