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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.