After installation, repairs, upkeep and general maintenance are unavoidable in any outdoor construction project. Due to uncontrollable circumstances like weather disasters, everyday wear-and-tear and accidental damage, maintenance costs and time should be accounted for in the original project design and budget plan. Not only is maintenance inevitable, it also poses a larger challenge because it has become increasingly difficult to find seasonal labor to perform these maintenance tasks. This can lead to larger problems later on like safety and compliance issues if the tasks aren’t dealt with in a timely manner.
To combat these challenges, there are many things to consider that can help lower maintenance costs and time after a project is installed. For example, choosing a versatile and resourceful building material can reduce the need for future maintenance repairs, which will save you time and money over the project life-cycle. Let’s explore some building material considerations a little more in depth.
6 Ways Your Building Material Can Reduce Project Maintenance Costs
Meet All Project Requirements
It’s crucial for the building material to meet all requirements to reduce the possibility of failure further down the road. One simple way to reduce maintenance costs is to make sure that the building material meets all project requirements to ensure the product won’t fail and have to be replaced in the future. Common specifications include aesthetic, compressive strength properties, load-bearing capability and green construction best practices. Green construction is an important initiative that more companies are implementing to help protect and conserve our environment. Using an environmentally-friendly building material is a great start to implementing green building practices, and for some, can even be a project requirement.
Be Aware of Natural Surroundings
Understanding the environment in which the project will be installed can help further determine important building material requirements. Rather than focusing on the material composition, accounting for possible environmental weather conditions, like natural disasters and seasonal weather, can help enhance the material’s life-cycle over time. If the project is exposed to moisture like rain and snow, using a building material that won’t degrade due to precipitation will reduce maintenance needs.
Consider the Installation Method
While building material performance properties are a top priority, so is recognizing the installation method for the particular building material. If the installation will require special tools or a particular team it may be more spendy to implement repairs later on. Using a familiar installation method with familiar tooling will not only reduce upfront costs, but long-term maintenance costs as well.
Give the Design a Second-Look
Whoever said second opinions were a bad thing? Once you’ve chosen the building material, handing it off for value-engineering can be helpful. If available, you can get value-engineering expertise to ensure that your project design is as efficient and productive as possible. This will also provide reassurance that the building material is the right choice for the specific project.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
Oftentimes, projects have an element of aesthetics incorporated. This could be in the design of the application, the color, or secondary work that can add embossing and texture to the building material to fit the overall desired look. However, adding surface aesthetic like paint and stain can cause more maintenance long-term because it may need to be retouched from time to time. To maximize your project budget, choose a material that will not require a lot of upkeep to maintain the desired aesthetic.
Invest Upfront to Reduce Maintenance Costs Later
Perhaps the most effective way to reduce long-term maintenance costs and repairs is to use a high-quality building material that is durable enough to not require a lot of maintenance after installation. By investing in premium-grade building materials upfront, you will save the hassle of repairs and potential project failure in the future. High-quality building materials meet all project requirements, are easy to install, don’t require a lot of upkeep and offer superb performance characteristics.
So, is there one material that can achieve all of this?
Recycled Plastic Lumber to the Rescue
Recycled plastic lumber is a versatile building material that installs, drills and fastens similar to traditional wood. It offers exceptional performance characteristics that meet outdoor project requirements in numerous markets including industrial, landscaping, marine, outdoor furniture, agriculture and equine. Built to last, this material can stand up to Mother Nature. Snow, rain, salt water, extreme heat and cold are no match for HDPE plastic lumber. Choosing plastic lumber will help you reduce maintenance by eliminating the need to paint and stain. The color is engineered throughout the entire board and UV stabilizers are added during the time of manufacture to keep the color vibrant and sharp.
HDPE recycled plastic lumber is a premium-grade building material that is durable and environmentally-friendly. Sourced from post-consumer and post-industrial recyclables like milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles, plastic lumber not only reduces project maintenance costs, it also keeps plastic out of landfills that can harm the environment and wildlife.
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