How to Keep Your Project on Schedule in Bad Weather

How to Keep Your Project on Schedule in Bad Weather

Pieter Zhang
Hello, I am Pieter Zhang, founder of APAC. I have been in the site safety products business for 14 years and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge about site safety products from the perspective of a Chinese supplier.


Due to increased climate change, the weather has become unpredictable from season to season. It can change at any time of the day, resulting in the destruction of your project if not protected. Before these huge changes in climate change, it was never considered important enough to save your site. But now this is important.

According to experts, reducing the risks that weather can cause to your construction site is recommended. It aims to save your project as well as the people working there. The worst part about climate change is that it can delay your construction project. But this article has highlighted some useful ways to save your projects in bad weather.

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Causes Of Project Delay


Rain is the most common weather change you can expect without any prediction. It can stop work due to safety as well as discomfort issues. It can cause great damage due to silt and debris, excavation collapse, and dampness of buildings. Moreover, the wet area can also consume dry time, so you must wait before starting the work.

Rain may also result in the contamination of materials placed on your site. It happens when different materials in a construction site are mixed. It can also bog down the equipment and the impassability of roads. In the worst-case scenario, floods can destroy your construction and waste all your efforts and money.

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Wind occurs mostly in sea areas, making your construction site more dangerous. You might not be able to carry loads more effectively. It can also become difficult even if you use cranes. The cranes can become unbalanced when lifting materials on your construction site. Moreover, it can also cause physical damage if the materials blow down.

The dust caused by winds can also cause a delay in your projects.

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Extreme temperatures

Apart from wind and rain, extreme temperatures also cause the destruction of your projects in bad weather. For example, some materials are temperature sensitive. Those materials may not work properly in too much heat or cold. As a result, it can also stop the work and hurt your project.

On the other hand, the temperature is low; it can also result in freezing water pipes and equipment. As a result, construction work is stopped.

Methods To Avoid Project Delay

1、Understanding Extreme Weather Conditions

This is the first step that you can take to avoid project delays due to bad weather. You must understand the harsh weather conditions and read the project contract document. The project contract consists of guidance about all kinds of weather conditions. There are also situations where the weather becomes so extreme that you may not be able to work it out within your budget.

In that case, you should discuss the issue with the client and take preventive measures accordingly.

2、 Proper Plan Of Construction Schedule

For example, you need to reschedule activities in an open environment during the rainy season. You must close the buildings ahead of the cold weather or rainy season. You must schedule activities such as roofing and lifting larger loads in a windy season. You should reserve the additional time to effectively complete the project. Everything you need to consider before the work starts, and then make a proper construction plan.

proper plan

3、Modification Of Construction Working Time

The most important thing that comes naturally into your mind when working on any project in bad weather. For example, if the temperature is higher and there is too much heat, you need to start working in the earlier parts of the day. Since the temperature is low then, it can make it easier for you to work in the afternoons.

According to weather experts, most strong winds occur in the afternoon time.


4、Rescheduling Of Tasks

You must reschedule tasks you cannot carry in bad weather conditions. For example, you may need to delay the major concrete pours on your construction sites. Or it may also include postponing major lifts at your construction sites. There are certain areas where you face regular thunderstorms in the afternoon. So you complete the tasks ahead of the afternoon. You need to work on small milestones and work earlier.

5、Preparation For Weather Strikes

Your team must be aware of bad weather predictions to prepare accordingly. They should secure the loose materials. Moreover, they should place protective coverings on the roof, such as a keder roof system. This is how you can prepare for weather changes.

6、Ensuring Team Performance

Your team might not be able to work in bad weather conditions, but you can make it possible. You should make sure that they wear personal protective equipment. The team should possess the required equipment. It can include raincoats, warm rest shelters, and much more.

7、Temporary Roads and Working Platforms

You need to make temporary roads to drain out rainwater. It can also help prevent vehicle skidding on your construction site. You should not avoid taking such measures just to save money.

8、Installing Adequate Water Pumps On Your Site

You should have a system on your site to dispose of the stormwater. The measures should be taken to save your construction site as soon as the bad weather ends.



Apart from taking care of all these factors on-site, you should also look for protecting equipment off-site.   A successful project contractor is one who takes care of all these measures.   We provide one-stop solutions for your construction site and have extensive experience. Contact Us now if you want high-quality weather protection for your construction site.