August 28, 2017

3 Ways General Contractors Can Save Time in Construction

Finding ways to save time and money on your construction project could mean the difference between the project being profitable or not, since the cost of materials and labor continues to climb.

Some contractors feel that these rising costs are like a rising tide that affects everyone so this may be more of a problem for the owner than the contractor.  The most successful contractors see cost control as a way to increase their profits and win more projects in the future.

There are many ways to manage or reduce costs.  Some of them, such as software solutions can be quite costly and difficult to implement.  Here are some simple common-sense ways that a contractor can reduce their costs

Encouraging your crews to work more efficiently goes beyond just giving them a morning pep talk. From start to finish, there are ways to analyze your work processes and techniques to help you find ways to save money. And you’ll get your building done sooner, at lower costs, with fewer problems.

Use Easier-to-Install Products  

An easy way to save time and labor is to use products that are easier to install correctly. For example, air and moisture barriers are frequently installed incorrectly so you have to go back and fix them. Floor tiles may fail if the underlayment is not applied correctly. Using products that are designed to be simpler to use minimizes the risks of failure due an employee not fully understanding the installation process. That’s one of the great things about an innovative marketplace, such as what exists surrounding the contractor workforce—there is almost always an easier, more efficient, more easily understandable way to do something. And new innovations are happening all the time.

Ask building materials company reps to show you which of their products are easier and faster to install.  If the architect has specified a product that will cost more to install, try to convince the architect and the owner to switch the spec. This is not too difficult if you can be part of the team early on.

Use More Efficient Products

Investigate using systems of products, for flooring, roofing, or walls, because these systems are engineered to work together as a whole. Systems are more efficient and less risky than buying individual products from different manufacturers and hoping that they’ll work well together.  

Once again, if you see how a system could work better and be installed easier than what has been specified, talk to the owner and the architect.  Discussions like these are also an opportunity for you to show the architect and owner that you are not just trying to find cheaper products. In fact, some options might be a little more expensive in terms of materials, but reduce the cost of labor and increase the quality and durability of the building. You are trying to help them build a better one.

Use Fewer Products

One of the ways to build faster is to use products where a single product does the job of several. Fewer steps mean less down time. That time savings translates into less money spent on estimating, materials sourcing and labor. For instance, consider how inefficient it is to build walls out of wood or metal framing, CMU or tilt up. They used to be a very efficient way to construct walls.  But now that we have new requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers they have become much more labor intensive, inefficient and costly.

A new one step approach to wall construction, like the Bautex Wall System reduces both time and materials while helping you build a better building.

The Bautex Wall System is a lightweight composite material that provides contractors like you with a higher performing, stronger, and simpler-to-install wall system. On the Bautex website you’ll find everything you need to know about using just one system for structure, insulation, and air barrier on your next project.

So Easy to Install You Can Self Perform

The Bautex™ system is so easy to install that many general contractors are choosing not to wait for or use high priced specialty contractors like masons. They use their own general labor.

Simpler. Faster. Better. That’s the way to work that saves you time and money. Choose products that support you in that goal. Why use products that cost more, require more labor, or more material, when you can choose a product that is simpler, faster, and better? Visit Bautex Systems  to learn about a wall system that installs in less time, with fewer problems, and with fewer code issues than what you’re using now.