4 Ways to Make Summer Construction Projects Easier

Tackling a tough construction project during the summer can be an exhausting and frustrating process if you’re not properly equipped and prepared for the task at hand. High temperatures and grueling physical labor combine to create a challenge that drains your energy and leaves you feeling uncomfortable. Of course, construction work can only get so easy when the labor is manual and not driven by heavy machinery. Still, here are a few things you can do to minimize the stress and strain during your upcoming summer construction project.

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1.      Conveniently Located Restrooms

Any significant outdoor renovation or building site that’s more than a short distance from the nearest restroom facility should be equipped with a porta potty at least. On-site restroom accommodations keep workers from having to travel away from the site and considerably interrupt their workflow. Porta potties are very affordable and can even be rented or leased using a company credit card to make this a minimal yet highly necessary expense.

2.      Chilled Beverage and Snack Station

With heat comes sweat and with sweat comes thirst. You and your workers will get thirsty at some point, and when that time comes, you don’t want to be drinking warm sodas or taking trips to a local convenience store to rehydrate. To keep the project moving along and keep your thirst quenched, fully stock a large iced cooler with enough beverages to last the whole day. Likewise, you may want to have snacks and sandwiches available as well to make sure hunger doesn’t get in the way of productivity.

3.      Shaded Areas

It goes without saying that working in the shade is much more comfortable and tolerable than standing out in the sun all day. Use large shade umbrellas, tarps, and makeshift structures to create shade in areas where you’ll be doing a lot of work. Working in the shade will also reduce the need for sun blocking lotion and eliminate pesky sunburns that cause pain and discomfort for days. Plus, shaded work areas make it easier to see details in all directions without worrying about direct sunlight messing with your vision.

4.      Scheduling Considerations

Working early in the morning or later in the evening is generally the best approach if your schedule permits. Although daily highs and lows can come at unpredictable times, generally mid-day and early afternoon temperatures can be as much as 20-30 degrees higher than early morning or late evening temperatures. Additionally, more of your body is exposed to heat when the sun is directly overhead in the sky. Ideally, if you need to schedule an 8-hour work day, you could work 4 hours from 6 AM to 10 AM and then another 4 hours from 5 PM to 9 PM, or even later in the evening if possible.

5.      Work Smarter Not Harder

A final bonus tip you can use to make your job easier during a summer construction project is to prioritize and organize your actions more efficiently. Try to consolidate and simplify tasks as much as possible and look for creative ways to solve problems with a minimal amount of labor involved.