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Things to Consider When Building in Cold Climates

One of the trickiest parts of building well in the northern United States is a number of problems that can occur due to not considering the weather.

Whether you are building in densely populated areas like Chicago and New York City or building a new barn in Philadelphia or Pennsylvania, there are a lot of preventative steps that need to be taken before building work can be started. In this article, we're going to take a look at some of the most important.

Getting it Right

The Right Building Material
When building in a location that sees frequent snowfall, you're going to want to build with a material that withstands the elements. While brick is one option, brick buildings are not quick to build. If you want to work with a material you can erect quickly, metal is the better (and cheaper) option.
You can find metal buildings for sale that arrive flat packed and can be installed quickly. Metal roofs are also designed to withstand heavy snowfall, they're durable, and they rarely have any issues with leaks.

Air Sealing is Vital
Everyone understands the importance of insulation, but not many people place quite as much focus on air sealing. Air sealing is the process of preventing warm air from migrating into the exterior walls and loft space.
When this happens, it cools and turns into a liquid, which can then lead to leaks. In cold climates, this is even more of a problem, so it is vital that you block the passage of any areas where air could leak to prevent problems in the future.

Cover Is Needed Over Entrances
Any entrances to the building should be covered. The reason for this is simple: it makes it safer and protects you from falling snow or ice. Think about adding a covered porch or a portico to the front of your building.

Consider Heating
Heating is vital in a cold weather climate, but you do have quite a lot of options available to you. If you live in a cold but sunny climate, solar panels may be a good idea. Not only are they environmentally friendly but they will also help save you money on your heating bill.
Another option is an efficient wood stove. The newest models of a wood stove are clean burning and extremely effective at heating up a property. They're an especially good idea if you have easy access to firewood.

Insulate Your Pipes
Finally, any plumbing that is linked up to your building needs to be insulated properly. It is surprising how much damage a burst frozen pipe can cause and it will cost far less money to insulate your pipes when building than deal with a burst pipe later. Where possible, your pipes should also be located within insulated walls and away from any areas where cold air is prevalent.
Building in cold climates isn't as easy as building in warm ones, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to get right. Keep the above advice in mind and you shouldn't have too many problems.

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