Construction companies don’t flip over the “closed” sign when winter hits, they keep going. Yes, they are still open for business and completing projects throughout the winter. Of course, deadlines are usually extended, things move slower and construction workers fight to keep warm, but all of their projects eventually get finished. People planning to have work done to their homes or businesses during the brutal Minnesota winters should be prepared to deal with the challenges cold-weather construction can bring.
Frozen Ground and Snow
One of the main issues construction workers face during the winter is the frozen ground. This makes digging and prepping foundations extremely difficult, and pouring concrete nearly impossible. If concrete is poured on a frozen ground it will freeze and create a mess. Additionally, frost or ice that may have accumulated on the ground can melt and leave the work area muddy or wet. When the opportunity presents itself or there is a break in the weather, construction teams typically do as much as they can to try to catch up or stay ahead of the scheduled deadlines.
Snow is another challenge that can put a damper on winter construction in Minnesota. When everything is covered in snow, work comes to a halt until it is either melted or removed. Many construction companies use snowplows to keep the snow out of the way so they can continue their work.
Slower Worker Movements
While manufacturers do a decent job of making clothes that keep construction workers warm, some of these clothes are heavy and restrictive. Combine this with cold body parts and heavier air, workers are not able to move as fast or as efficient as they do in warmer weather. Slower movements mean workers may take longer to get the job done.
Construction professionals have no control over Mother Nature as she will unleash her fury whenever she pleases, so site managers do their best to schedule projects accordingly. In some instances though, there is nothing for workers and clients to do but to be patient and buckle in for the iffy nature of winter construction.