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Can I Build a Deck in the Winter?

As cold weather arrives in the Greater Triangle area, you may be wondering if it’s too late to build the deck you want. It’s not! Archadeck builds beautiful outdoor living structures all year round. In fact, we recommend building your new deck, porch, or combination project during the winter months.

Although outdoor living construction is a popular spring endeavor, Raleigh-Durham’s moderate winters allow us to build all year long. A major advantage of winter construction is completing your project before the return of spring. With this timing, you’ll be ready to enjoy your new deck or porch as soon as the season changes. Other benefits of winter deck construction include lessening the impact on your landscape, saving time and money, and improving material performance at installation.

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Prepare for Spring Outdoor Living

After a long winter, the first signs of spring weather have us eager to get outdoors and into the warm sunshine. When you build your new outdoor living space during the winter, you can be ready for better weather before the first azaleas bloom and the robins build their nests.

Building during the winter, when lawns are dormant, also takes less of a toll on your landscape. Lawn disturbances from construction can be more easily remedied with seed and fertilizer in the spring. Your property will be back to its former glory more quickly than at other times of the year.

Faster Turn Around

Time is one of life’s most precious resources, and we respect how important time is to our clients. When it comes to building decks, porches, and patios, the process can take a little longer than some might think even when the weather fully cooperates. From design to permitting, HOA approvals, demolition, site preparation, passing inspections, and more – a single project relies on many people and factors beyond just rain or shine.

Spring is our busiest time of year. It is also the busiest time of year for deck and porch suppliers, HOA approval boards, and Development
Services departments responsible for permits and inspections. By building in the winter, you can often shorten the turnaround time for many steps in the process simply due to fewer projects waiting in everyone’s queue.

Better Pricing

Price increases in decking supplies and materials usually occur at the turn of the calendar year. Increases can be minor or significant, depending on a variety of factors that affect change. Such factors include tariffs, gas prices, weather, and politics. If starting your project before the end of a year, you can lock in that year’s prices on materials. The bigger your project, the bigger these savings can add up. To get the best value out of your winter deck or porch addition, sign your contract before January 1.

Pressure-Treated Wood Performs Better

Have you ever noticed how pressure treated wood expands and contracts due to heat, cold, and moisture? When we install wood decks in the winter, the weather is cooler and dryer, which slows the drying time allowing the wood to better acclimate to weather conditions. While structural integrity is not affected by changing weather conditions, by installing wood decks in the cooler months, we lessen the chances of warping and cupping.

If you are planning a new deck, porch, or patio for next spring, we encourage you to start now. With so many benefits to winter building, you can’t go wrong. Call today for a design consultation: (919) 446-5585. We look forward to working with you!