Sometimes, masonry work and repairs can’t wait for the perfect weather conditions that spring and summer typically bring, and while the colder, wetter months typically associated with winter, might not present the ideal conditions for carrying out masonry work, it is still possible to do it should the need arise.

Masonry work during colder months

With the use of plastic tarpaulins and electric heaters, it is possible to pour concrete for interior floors, or to lay blocks or bricks, during winter. The most important factor to consider when carrying out masonry during winter, is having a consistent heat source, to stop the mortar from freezing. Some indoor projects, such as fireplaces and hearths, can be remodeled during colder months, provided there is a suitable heated space in which to mix the mortar.

Although it’s far from ideal, such solutions might be necessary when new construction projects demand that masonry work continue throughout winter, until the project’s completion. But, where tuckpointing and chimney rebuilding are concerned – in which concrete work has to take place outside – winter is absolutely not the right time of year to do it, as warmer weather is essential.

Typically, weather that is both cool and dry, presents much more favorable conditions for masonry contractors, as opposed to the high humidity levels that often occur during the summer season.

Masonry work from a consumer’s perspective

Winter may represent the optimum time of year for consumers to secure the services of masonry contractors, and schedule work to be carried out during the summer months, as they are in short supply in many areas of the country, and hence can fill their rosters quickly.

The following times of year are the best for planning and carrying out certain aspects of masonry work:

  • January, February and March

Receiving and finalizing estimates is best done during this timeframe, to give masonry contractors ample time to consider the project in terms of logistics, and allocate appropriate labor.

  • April through to the middle of November

Tuckpointing and chimney rebuilding can best be carried out at this time of year, as they are not so reliant on conditions on the ground, and are typically of a shorter duration.

  • June to November

With ground conditions likely to be more stable, and rain less likely, walkways, exterior facades, retaining walls and patios are better completed during this period.

  • May

Where there is a need to coordinate with water and gas utilities, such as when constructing an outdoor kitchen, stone patio, or pizza oven, May is the time of year that makes that easier, and the project can easily be completed in time for the summer season.

  • April through to the middle of November

With water ingress presenting a very real challenge for consumers, any work associated with foundations, such as parging and waterproofing, is best completed during late spring, summer and fall.

What these guidelines don’t account for, of course, are extreme, unusual, or unexpected weather patterns, which can alter masonry schedules drastically depending on their severity. But, by working with an experienced masonry contractor and planning well in advance, you can do your best to avoid disappointment, and any potential problems such as water ingress.


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