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Weather Impacts on Hotel Renovations

Updated: May 1, 2023

Imagine you've just received a PIP or Property Improvement Plan for your hotel. In it, you find that you're required to renovate the exterior of the property to give it a more modern look.

The PIP also gives you a deadline for the renovations and other improvements needed.

You'll have a year to complete the exterior renovations of your hotel to meet the most recent brand standards.

A year may seem like a long time, but if you factor in things such as weather conditions you'll realize it's best to get started right away.

When you receive a PIP you should immediately research experienced hotel contractors who can help you fulfill it as successfully as possible.

Experienced hotel renovation companies such as Amerail Systems, will understand how something like the weather will affect a hotel renovation timeline.

They are the best equip to help you plan a timeline that avoids unworkable weather conditions as much as possible so your PIP is successful.

Weather can impact hotel renovations and their timelines in a few different ways.

For example, if temperatures reach below 40 degrees Fahrenheit during your renovations, properly installing EIFS becomes impossible.

Another example of how weather impacts hotel renovations is if your renovations occur in the middle of hurricane season. This would obviously cause issues and would set back the fulfillment date of your PIP.

In this post, we will help you understand how weather can affect hotel renovations and our tips on how to navigate through the seasons so you can plan for a successful PIP.

How should you decide when to renovate your hotel based on the weather?

Consider the following:

Is your hotel located in an area prone to extreme weather?

Tips from Amerail Systems:

  • Start the renovation process a year ahead of time.

  • Make sure the construction start date is after your extreme weather season and will end before it begins again.

  • Get to know the site's weather history - when do hurricanes usually occur near your hotel? Tornados? Other extreme weather? Knowing the averages will help you plan for when to begin a project or at least how to plan around the weather.

Is your hotel located in an area where the temperature is always above 40 degrees?

Tips from Amerail Systems:

  • You can theoretically renovate at any time during the year - but even if you're in an area that's warm year-round you will still have set backs such as extreme weather that you'd have to plan around (tornados, hurricanes, etc.).

  • In general, hotel owners will want to plan renovations to begin after your busy season and finish before your busy season begins again.

Renovating through the Seasons

Fall Renovations

  • Most hotel renovations that begin in the Spring will be completed in the fall months with some minor details sometimes being finished in the winter.

  • A great time to begin interior renovations to be ready for the following summer. If this is your hope, make sure your FF&E is ordered at least a year out as shipping delays are impacting every industry.

  • Hurricane season can slip into the fall months thus affecting the ability of some hotels to renovate in during this season.

Winter Renovations

  • Interior renovations can be completed anywhere in the US during this time as long as materials have arrived.

  • Exterior renovations can be completed in warmer climates as long as the temperature remains above 40 degrees.

  • In fact, in areas prone to hurricanes (southern & coastal) hotels may want to begin their renovations in the winter to avoid unruly weather.

  • A great time to finish your interior remodel so you attract more summer guests.

  • Exterior renovations could happen in cooler climates if the client is willing to pay for tenting and heating costs.

Spring Renovations

  • Most exterior renovations begin in the Spring as long as the temperature is above 40 degrees.

  • Starting a renovation in the Spring will typically allow for a Fall completion depending on if weather conditions are workable.

Summer Renovations

  • Hurricane season begins in the summer and ends in the fall. This means coastal hotels may have trouble renovating, so it may be more ideal to renovate winter to summer rather than the typical spring to fall.

  • While coastal hotels may have issues with extreme weather conditions in the Summer months, this time of the year can be beneficial for hotels located in cooler climates.

  • Another issue with Summer renovations is that it is typically the busiest time of the year for most hotels. But well-planned exterior hotel renovations should have little impact on your guest's stay and you should be able to remain completely operational.


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