Anticipating Weather-Related Interruptions

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Weather conditions can often have negative effects on a construction project, particularly potentially delaying the intended completion date. Modern Wall Systems has projects spread across the entire east coast and sometimes as far away as California and, as a result, we must monitor weather conditions from coast-to-coast. So when I speak to business associates in the Midwest and they say that the weather has been excellent and that we must be rolling along quite smoothly, I have to educate them that we may be suitable in this part of the country, but we have issues elsewhere. Adverse weather conditions can easily cause delays which, in turn, affect a project’s completion schedule.

Cold weather conditions can negatively impact construction. Very cold temperatures create productivity issues by hampering the ability of workers to function effectively, and may even present dangers, such as frostbite. This may require an increased number of warming breaks. Snow and ice require that time must be taken to clear both from the immediate work area as much as possible to avoid hazards of slipping or falling. Cold weather can even affect the building material being used. Concrete mixtures, for instance, do not set below a certain temperature. Motorized equipment can also be negatively impacted by severe cold.

To minimize weather-related delays, care must be taken in the scheduling of projects that will be underway during cold weather months to ensure foundations are installed before the ground freezes and that structures are enclosed so the space can be adequately heated. It is crucial in the scheduling process to make allowance for potential delays due to inclement weather. Wet weather is another potential schedule interrupter. Wet weather can make for uncomfortable working conditions as well as potential safety issues, such as muddy and slippery conditions or even lightning hazards in the case of storms. Heavy rains can cause damage, such as collapsed excavations and damage to building finishes. Work may need to be delayed while excess water is pumped out of the work site. Heavy rain may cause building material to be saturated, delaying work until the material is able to dry out. Brick, for instance, can be particularly susceptible to moisture because of moisture present in the brick while building can result in condensation collecting on the interior walls later on.

Supposedly, it never rains in Dallas. But we found out that is wrong! While applying EIFS to a hotel in Houston, Texas last spring, we experienced weeks of heavy rain. There was so much rain that when it finally stopped, the EIFS suppliers were so far behind that our material was not available for two weeks after an order was placed. In early November, the same job site had a six-inch rainfall in one day. So much for not worrying about the weather in Texas!

Like other construction companies, Modern Wall Systems manages challenges on a day-to-day basis. For weather-related delays, we can usually prevent—or at least mitigate—many of the delays by understanding the national weather patterns. By allowing for these expected weather disruptions during our upfront scheduling process, we can mitigate as many potential problems as possible, ensuring a smooth construction process.

Do I need an EIFS Inspection?


Why Would I Even Need An EIFS Inspection?

Any time one is buying or selling an EIFS home, it is important that they get an EIFS inspection. EIFS (synthetic stucco) is a delicate product that requires much attention. There are many codes and proper installation processes that builders and contractors need to abide by.

EIFS inspections are not limited to people buying or selling stucco homes. If there are any signs that you may be experiencing some issues with the EIFS at your current home or building you should definitely call an experienced EIFS inspector or contractor.


What are some of the signs that my EIFS/Stucco is failing or has failed?

Usually, there are very few visible “signs,” especially to the untrained eye. This is why inspection and testing are so important. Some of the more obvious signs you may want to look for are bulging or cracking exterior walls, water stains on the outside or inside of the wall, and around the windows, doors, etc. If there are any signs that lead you to believe you might have a moisture intrusion problem then the time to call a professional is now.


Is EIFS really a problem?

The short answer is no. EIFS, as is the case with any cladding, may experience problems in home construction virtually anywhere. The culprit is usually improper or missing flashing, improper detailing, improper installation, improper caulking of the EIFS or any combination of these. Many home builders, general contractors and, in some cases, EIFS applicators either do not care, practice or do not know the proper procedure for applying EIFS which often leads to water intrusion and costly repairs. If problems are identified and remedied quickly, damage and costs can usually be prevented or limited. Thorough and complete inspection and testing are very important in identifying areas of potential and existing moisture intrusion.

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