You can’t think about a Texas summer without thinking about extreme heat. Across the Lone Star State, temperatures are ranging from the mid-80s to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. While some have the luxury of being able to wait out these soaring temperatures in a cool, insulated building (or maybe even a swimming pool), general contractors and construction crews have project deadlines to meet. The extreme conditions they are facing not only pose challenges to completing projects on time, but can also pose a risk for heat-related illnesses. Polygon is working with general contractors in Texas and across the US to make construction sites safer and create ambient conditions that prevent delays and protect finishes.
Construction Materials Require Specific Ambient Conditions
Extreme summer conditions not only exhaust workers and slow down productivity, heat and humidity can also impact construction materials resulting in a negative impact on the project’s budget and schedule. Temperature and humidity fluctuations cause building materials, particularly millwork, to shrink and swell, often leading to a costly replacement. Joint compounds, drywall, and paint, common on most projects, can put crews behind schedule if not dried properly. If it’s too hot, cold, or humid, the drywall finishes can crack. Drywall complications usually have a major impact on the next steps in the project. Concrete, another frequently used material in modern construction, also benefits from climate control solutions. Dehumidification and climate control can help the contractor avoid expensive sealers and flooring delays.
Summer Temperatures Threaten Worker Safety
While keeping temperature and humidity under control is important for construction materials, it’s even more important for keeping construction workers safe. As men and women perform physically demanding work on the project site, heat and humidity can turn an otherwise safe worksite into a very dangerous place. OSHA states that thousands of US workers occupational heat exposure, highlighting construction workers as an at-risk group. Before permanent power and HVAC systems are installed in new buildings, steps must be taken in order to mitigate the dangerous effects of heat on construction workers and anyone else who might be on the job site. Heat-related illnesses can be fatal, so taking the steps to keep the worksite cool and dry could end up saving lives.
Polygon: Always By Your Side
Whether you’re a contractor in Houston, a crew member in Seattle, or anything in between, Polygon is always by your side. We offer engineered dehumidification and cooling systems that keep worksite conditions safe and effective for the materials in use. We would welcome the opportunity to visit your site, under no obligation, and become your temporary climate control partner for projects this summer and beyond. To get in touch with one of our construction site climate control experts, contact us today.