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Archadeck of Central SC explores the top 5 reasons for choosing to build your outdoor structure during the fall and winter months

Composite deck with composite rail and flared stairs.

Fall and winter are the best times to build your outdoor oasis in time for enjoyment this spring!

Here at Archadeck of Central SC homeowners often ask us when is the optimum time to plan on having us build their outdoor structure. While there is never really a wrong time to begin your outdoor living space project, there are advantages to building during the fall and winter months. Join us as we explore the top 5 reasons why fall and winter may be the best time to build your Central SC outdoor structure.

Top 5 reasons to build your Central SC outdoor space this fall or winter

  1. Saluda River deck in Columbia SC

    Fall and winter outdoor projects involve less wait time.

    Avoid playing the waiting game– A prime reason to build your outdoor structure in the fall and winter months is there is less wait time to begin construction. Gaining approval through HOA’s and permitting will take less time. The backlog is also smaller and this makes the wait-time minimal in most cases. Making the decision to build now will ensure being able to enjoy the benefits of your new structure sooner and in plenty of time for warm weather. Keep in mind, when dealing with a quality builder wait times can be longer, especially during the outdoor living season. Deciding on a fall/ winter project can reduce those wait times by half.

  2. An outdoor structure can possibly benefit you at tax time– In some cases building your structure in the later quarters of the year can help you out when it comes tax time. In addition, if you intend to finance your new outdoor structure, the interest rates are still extremely low. The current standing in the economy can mean a lower payment each month on your new structure as well. Lower interest rates can save you a tremendous amount over the long haul.
  3. Central SC deck and pergola with seating wall

    This Central SC custom deck features a pergola and built-in seating for the ultimate outdoor room.

    Your wood structure will have time to season properly -Like the many positive attributes that go along with the aging of a good bottle of wine, wood also requires a time period to cure. The laws of expansion and contraction all apply when it comes to working with wood. All wood is hygroscopic, meaning that when exposed to air, it will release or pick up moisture until it is level with the humidity and temperature of the air. Humid conditions, such as the summers here in the Columbia area, will cause more rapid expansion and contraction of wood that is not yet sealed for protection against the elements. A structure built from wood needs to cure for a period of time before the sealer will properly adhere to the wood and promote beneficial protection qualities. By choosing to build during the least humid time of year, your wooden structure will have ample time to cure in preparation to accept the sealer you choose.

  4. Get more bang for your buck – Every homeowner wants to be able to furnish their new outdoor space the way they want to. Furnishings and accessories are an important part of creating the “outdoor oasis” feel within your new outdoor space. With the end of peak building season comes deep discounts. Many outdoor and patio furniture retailers slash prices to make room for next year’s inventory. If you are building your outdoor structure in the fall, you will be able to take advantage of these deep discounts, get more for your money and be able to afford higher quality furniture at major reduced prices.
  5. Composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington SC is rustic and elegant with plent of room for dining and entertaining

    Beautifully furnished composite deck and open porch in Kings Grant, Lexington, SC is rustic and elegant with plenty of room for dining and entertaining

    Less interruption to your turf and your lifestyle – Choosing to build now will impact your lawn and landscape less than if you chose to build during the spring and summer months. Wet turf damages more easily, as does turf that is under heat stress from temperatures and higher humidity. Building in the fall will ensure you avoid both of these obstacles. It is also important to note that along with perennial grasses, most shrubs and plants are in their dormant stages during the fall and winter. During dormancy, these plantings are less likely to experience damage from having to be trimmed, pruned, or altered to accommodate the addition of backyard space. Also, construction during the fall and into the winter will cause less of an interruption in your life since most people use their yards less during these months. This means the noises and materials will be less of an annoyance than they would be when you are using the yard a lot during the spring and summer months. Out of sight means out of mind.

Deck with arched trellis

This deck features an arched trellis and spills into a spacious hardscape space below.

Keep in mind that Archadeck of Central SC can also build your outdoor structure combination in stages. With this in mind, fall and winter are the perfect time to start the first stage of your desired outdoor living project. If you are considering a deck and patio combination, for example, you can take advantage of our staged building option and build the deck this winter, and then we can add the patio later into the spring. With our staged building program the choice is yours. Contact us today to learn more. Call us at (803) 784-1566 or email us at

Archadeck of Central SC three generations of quality outdoor structures

The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu

You can see more of our outdoor spaces destined to become your favorite gathering spot for friends and family by visiting our deck photo gallery, our 3 and 4 season room photo gallery, and our patio and hardscape photo gallery located on our website today!