Two tips for staying on schedule during a construction project

If a construction project falls behind schedule, it can lead to major additional expenses. Here are two ways to stay on schedule during a building project.

Be careful about where you choose to have deliveries dropped off

Certain types of building materials, such as timber, can deteriorate when exposed to the elements. As such, when they are delivered to the construction site, they cannot be simply left in a pile outdoors but instead need to be carefully stowed away in a suitable storage container.

Unfortunately, this can take a considerable amount of time, as structural timber is large and cumbersome; as such, transporting a large quantity of this type of material from the delivery drop-off point to an on-site storage container can often take an hour or more. This, in turn, can prevent labourers from devoting their time to their construction tasks, which can then result in the work falling behind schedule.

One way to speed up this process and prevent it from causing delays is to arrange for timber deliveries to be dropped off as close to the storage container as possible. The less distance there is between the drop-off point and the storage container, the less time it will take for labourers to move the materials into the container. For more information, contact companies like Bowens.

Prepare for extreme weather conditions

If you are not adequately prepared, extreme weather conditions (such as high temperatures or heavy rain) could bring your construction project to a grinding halt.

Whilst there are certain types of construction work which should not be carried out in specific kinds of weather for safety reasons (for example, it can be extremely dangerous to use a cherry picker on a very windy day, as the machinery could topple over), there are things you can do to enable your construction team to continue working, even if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

You can, for instance, invest in scaffold sheeting, so that labourers can stand on the scaffolding and carry on working, even during a heavy downpour, without getting drenched.

Similarly, setting up a construction tent on site will help to shield your construction crew from the heat of the sun or from heavy rain when they need to perform tasks (such as sawing wood) outdoors. This tent will also prevent the materials they are using from being damaged by the elements (wood, for example, can develop wet rot if it gets wet).