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Building In A Cold Climate? 3 Construction Tips

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The process of designing and building a new home in a cold climate is different than the process in a warmer climate. Winter weather, especially in areas that get a lot of snow and ice, can wreak havoc on a home's structure. When building a home in an area that gets its fair share of the cold, it's important to keep a few things in mind during the construction phase. Here are three construction tips for building in a colder climate.

Continuous Insulation Is Key

When it comes to cold weather, insulation plays a big role in determining how comfortable a home is when temperatures drop. Insufficient insulation can lead to chilly temperatures inside a home during the winter. Continuous insulation is often used in colder climates in order to create a tighter building envelope, thus creating a better-insulated space. This type of insulation differs from traditional insulation because it is placed over the entire exterior wall surface, not just in between the studs. Rigid foam insulation is used for continuous insulation and costs between $1.33 and $2.35 per square foot. 

Insulating Pipes Is A Must

Insulation is not something that is confined to walls. Freezing temperatures can lead to burst pipes, which can be expensive to repair. Pipe placement near insulated areas is a must and should be considered carefully when planning the layout of the home. Pipes need to be well insulated when they are in areas that are exposed to freezing temperatures. It costs an average of $193 to insulate the pipes in a family home. Making sure pipes are well insulated can prevent the need to have to pay for the damage from burst pipes in the future. 

Roof Slope Counts

Another thing to consider when constructing a new home in a cold climate is roof slope. Snow needs a steep enough roof in order to be able to slide down easily. In most conditions, the roof pitch needs to be greater than 6:12 in order to shed snow effectively. Roof material can also play a big role in how well the home holds up to winter weather. Metal roofs are the best at shedding snow. They are also incredibly durable and can perform well season after season. Asphalt shingles can also work well when it comes to standing up to winter weather.

Cold climates can bring a few construction challenges. For those building a new home, there are a few things that should be considered. Continuous insulation, insulated pipes, and the right roof slope all play big roles in how comfortable a home is during the winter and how well it can stand up to the elements. 


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