Maximizing Winter Downtime: How Prebuilding Components Can Keep Your Crew Employed

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As the chill in the air begins to settle, we’re diving into a game-changing strategy for contractors to conquer the cold months: prebuilding components. If you’re a deck contractor, this one’s especially for you, but the principles can apply across the construction spectrum.

Winter can be harsh on materials, with freezing temperatures rendering wood brittle and unforgiving. Job sites become icy landscapes, and outdoor work can be impossible. But what if I told you there’s a way to save money and keep your crew employed during these challenging months?

Enter the art of prebuilding components. Picture this: you purchase wood at this season’s prices, and instead of battling the winter cold, you mill standard-sized lengths, prebuild benches, landscape holders, rail components, and more in the comfort of your shop.

It’s a game-changer on multiple fronts. First, you’re capitalizing on lower wood prices. Second, you keep your crew productive and employed, avoiding layoffs during the slow season. And third, when spring arrives, you’re armed with a stockpile of prebuilt components ready for installation.

The benefits are clear: cost savings, continuous work for your team, and a head start on your projects when the thaw comes. So, consider the pre-building strategy this winter to keep your business thriving.

For a deeper dive into how you can transform your winter downtime into productive uptime, check out our latest article ” Maximizing Winter Downtime: A Contractors Blueprint for a Flourishing Business

Til next time…
Michael 🙂

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Michael Pollaci

I know you are just looking for someone who you can trust. But, how do you know? Truth is you can never know. You have to trust your gut on this.

What makes me different and why should you trust me? Unlike most of the techies in this industry, I started swinging a hammer when I was very young. In the late 70’s I was installing aluminum storm windows with my grandfather in Brooklyn. I knew how to bend aluminum on a brake when I was twelve. I spent my teens and 20’s building decks. I spent my 30’s on a roof or on a pick and pump jacks and my 40’s in some kind of construction management capacity. I have held just about every position possible in construction from residential home improvements to large scale and phased commercial construction.

I left construction in 2007 during the market crash and had to reinvent myself. I have completed approximately 150 websites and or projects in varying industries (mostly contracting) and with varying results. To be perfectly frank, the first website I did for a plumber came out horrible. I did it for $500! The point is, I constantly improved my skill set just as I did in construction – from apprentice using a yankee screwdriver to install storm windows in Brooklyn to a project manager managing multimillion dollar projects in Manhattan.

Simply put. I know your business, your day to day struggles and more importantly, your customers. If you are looking for someone who can talk the talk and understand the lingo. Someone who understands your customers. Someone who has been through the trenches. Someone you can communicate with. I am your guy.

If you are looking for just another flash in the pan or someone who will kowtow to you, move on and save us all some time. I am here to work with serious people and produce real results.

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