Charlie Jourdain is president of the California Redwood Association, one of the oldest trade associations in the lumber industry. The association promotes redwood products and educates builders and consumers on the advantages of using redwood, and Jourdain offered the following five reasons why you want to build your deck now rather than waiting until spring.
Guest Post By Charlie Jourdain
Did you spend the summer wishing you had a deck to go out and enjoy on hot summer days and cool summer nights? Or maybe you have an outdoor living space and used it often over these last few months but are ready to invest in something new. Many homeowners think about these things as summer comes to an end, and many will wait until spring to begin such a project. However, here are a few reasons why you should consider building your new deck this fall.
1. Smart shoppers see savings.
Even though the demand for construction decreases in the fall/winter, many construction crews are available for hire year-round, which means you might be able to receive some discounted, off-season pricing. Look for products that are sustainable, durable and easily maintainable throughout all seasons such as redwood, and be sure to do your research to find out what specials are available to you for building in the fall.
2. Enjoy your outdoor space ahead of the crowd.
By building your deck in the fall, it will be ready for your enjoyment on those first few days of spring. You’ll be able to go out and appreciate your space right away rather than sit inside and watch it get built. Your neighbors will be meeting with builders and just beginning their construction projects while you’ll be kicking back on your deck. Also, take advantage of characteristics found in decking materials like redwood — http://www.calredwood.org , such as its ability to remain cooler to the touch in hot sun when compared to man-made products such as plastic-composites.
3. Take advantage of predicable weather for on-time project completion.
Depending on where you live, spring might bring harsh, heavy rains, or even snow. If these elements come in excess, it can cause major delays to your project and even increase damage to landscaping. Fall weather is a little more predictable and consistent, which helps to keep your project on track and your lawn in the best possible condition. If you’re located on the West Coast, choosing redwood can also help in preventative measures against autumn wildfires, as it is a fire-resistant material.
4. Fall construction leads to less negative impact on existing landscaping.
Rough weather conditions can also weaken your landscaping, which can wreak havoc when combined with a construction project. By building in the fall, you’re likely to have drier or even frozen turf and soil, which is more resistant to the stress caused by heavy traffic and material storage that construction projects bring.
5. Fall construction provides more scheduling options.
Beginning in November, homeowners should take advantage of the off-season construction period. During this time of the year, construction crew schedules become more flexible, which gives a homeowner the luxury of having their new deck completed in less time than if built during spring or summer months, giving you more time to relax in your very own backyard retreat.
For more information on redwood, email Jourdain at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (888) CAL-REDWOOD.