According to today’s news reports, snow is still falling on the East Coast.

Luckily, it won’t stick, and spring (crossing fingers!) will soon take over.

Winter 2013-2014 was harsh, and although CBC is based in Florida, we traveled to some of the hardest hit parts of the country to perform commercial building inspections during these cold months.

CBC President Greg Trotter lived in cold-weather locations for much of his life, and is versed on the concerns that derive from snow and freezing temperatures.

This winter, he has been an invaluable asset to our clients who experienced less-than-average snowfall and cold-weather issues on their building projects.

In cold weather, special issues and challenges should be considered, including:

  • Ice and snow accumulation on masonry and foundation surfaces
  • Weather-resistant membranes and/or covers, as applicable
  • Heating sources, as applicable
  • Ensuring that materials arrive on the job site dry, and are stored in a manner that prevents melting snow from getting to these materials.
  • Ensuring temperature control to keep materials usable.
  • When in doubt, consult a cold-weather construction expert! Understand that cold weather construction considerations are different than normal, or hot temperature construction.

Most of the United States is hoping that these cold weather tips won’t be needed until Winter 2014-2015.

We will enjoy the great weather in the meantime, and will be back in those cold weather areas later in the year to assist with these special considerations.

See some of CBC’s cold weather photographs from this year, below:

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-Jessica Dawkins, Executive Assistant