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Can Builders Work in the Rain

If you’re about to start a long-term construction project, there are multiple factors you need to consider to stay on track and keep everyone involved safe. For example, knowing if builders can work in the rain is important if you anticipate harsh weather conditions in the coming weeks/months.

This varies across the board. Some types of construction tasks can be completed in the rain, and contractors will have no problem carrying them out as usual. But there are also some jobs that require safe conditions, and rain is a major factor that goes against them.

Many types of jobs can be completed in the rain

Various types of construction work can be completed in the rain without problems. This includes general construction, cutting and other material work, laying tiles, and more. It’s important to coordinate with your contractor to ensure that you’re both on the same page regarding what they’re expected to do if it rains.

On the other hand, there are also many tasks that either can’t be completed in the rain, or will be severely impacted by it. These include:

  • Working with heavy machines
  • Anything involving slippery surfaces
  • Electrical work
  • Welding
  • Laying bricks
  • Exterior cementing
  • Roofing

When in doubt, consult your contractor. They should be able to provide you with a full overview of the tasks they’re legally allowed to carry out when it’s raining. Even when it’s not about legal restrictions, construction workers might be against working in the rain if it could compromise the quality of their work.

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Your legal rights and responsibilities

Always remember that you have certain legal responsibilities towards your contractors. You’re not allowed to force them to work in unsafe conditions. This includes heavy rain. If your contractors inform you that they’re unable to continue the project until it stops raining, there’s nothing you can legally do to change that.

On the other hand, you might still be expected to pay certain fees if the contractors remain available during the rainy period and you expect them to resume work immediately once the situation clears up. Make sure to get all of these details sorted out in a written contract if you anticipate that this might be a problem.

What to do in the event of prolonged bad weather

Sometimes rain doesn’t stop for days. Especially if it winter. It can be difficult to predict that, even if you pay close attention to weather forecasts. This makes it important to have a solid written contract which covers the situation in as much detail as possible.

If the project allows for it, try to reallocate your construction workers to other duties until the weather clears up. This is not always possible though. In many cases, one part of a construction project will rely on another as a prerequisite.

Talk to the main contractor to see if you can rearrange the project’s schedule in a way that suits both sides. At the worst, you might have to postpone the entire project by a few days.


Clara Annesley

Clara Annesley is an interior design and construction content writer. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology from the University of West London. Clara specialises in residential construction for topics like health & safety, architectural design and writing cost guides for renovation and remodelling projects.