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Stories From the Field
Post: The Seasonality of the Masonry Restoration Trades
Friday December 20, 2019
There is a distinct rhythm to the demand for our masonry restoration work.
During the cold winter months, the demand for masonry repairs is relatively low because the daytime and nighttime temperatures sit well below freezing. That means water that would normally infiltrate masonry walls and create all kinds of grief is locked up in the form of ice.
But as soon as the mercury rises above freezing for a day or two, all of that ice begins to melt and customers begin to observe water damage in their ceilings and walls. That’s when our office phones start to ring with more frequency.
During the spring and summer months, frequent heavy rains also create intense and predictable spikes in the demand for our masonry restoration services.
We typically experience our greatest surge in demand starting in early September (usually coinciding with the end of the Labor Day holiday) and continuing until cold nighttime temperatures put the kibosh on the work season (usually in mid-December). During this period of time, the office phones never stop ringing. This is the time of the year when building owners realize that winter is not too far off and the masonry issues they have been thinking about tackling all year need to be addressed.
From early September until snow fly, the number of work proposals mailed out of our office is measured by the dozen. The exponential increase in the demand for end-of-the-season work often creates an extensive backlog that cannot be fulfilled before winter temperatures drop the curtain on the work season, so many projects must be rescheduled for the following spring.
If you are considering restoration of your masonry structure for next year, now is the time to call or e-mail the office to set up a time to meet one of our licensed estimators who can assess your masonry issues.
Understanding the seasonality of the masonry restoration trade can assist you in the timely completion of your next project.
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