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There will always be a degree of unpredictability surrounding completion deadlines for every building project. This can be due to a variety of unpredictable causes, including material wait periods, unanticipated occurrences, and the weather. Weather conditions are critical during the building phase of loft conversions, influencing whether work can continue or must be temporarily halted.

There are various methods that construction crews may lessen the impacts of bad weather on your loft conversion project. Installing a tin hat on a floor above the loft level on scaffolding is the most frequent approach to mitigate the effect of heavy rain or severe weather. A tin hat is made out of corrugated tin sheets that are mounted to scaffolding above your roof to keep it protected from the elements. A tin hat is extremely recommended if your loft conversion is being built during the winter months. During the summer, though, you may be able to complete your loft conversion without using a tin hat. A tin hat normally costs £3k + VAT, yet it can help you stay on track with your project.

The sort of loft conversion you are having made on your house might also influence whether or not you require a tin hat. Only one side of the roof is removed in skylight loft conversions and rear dormer loft conversions, exposing only one aspect to the elements. In the winter, a thick polyurethane sheet can be used instead of a tin hat to cover this. You’ll probably need a tin hat for the front and back mansards, as both sides of the roof will be removed. The same is true for hip-to-gable rear dormers, as well as rear and l-section loft conversions.

When it comes to loft conversions, keeping the inner space dry is crucial since you don’t want any leaks to seep down to the level below. While a tin hat may appear to be a costly alternative, it will assist to preserve your property and keep the building process on track. If you don’t have a tin hat, you’ll constantly risk having to prolong your finish time. Unfortunately, one of the elements our teams cannot forecast is the weather, thus there must be some wiggle room with completion schedules due to the weather.

Another reason your loft conversion may be delayed is because of the weather. At low temperatures, some construction materials and phases, such as brickwork and blockwork, may not perform or operate well. Temperatures below three degrees Celsius may necessitate a temporary pause to your project before the brickwork or blockwork can be completed. If building must be paused due to weather, your Project Manager will always notify you, and they will make every effort to complete your project within the specified timeline.

Contact the Luke Lloyd Builders team to book a free, no-obligation site survey with one of our professional surveyors if you’re considering a loft conversion in Glasgow.

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