Learning About Heavy Construction Equipment

3 Things To Expect When Hiring A Crane Service In Cold Weather

You have a project that involves some heavy lifting, so your only option is to seek out a good crane company who can bring the equipment to you that will help you complete your project. The only problem is, there's a ton of snow on the ground and the weather outlook for the next several days is not looking any better. If at all possible, it is best to wait until the inclement weather passes before you call any crane companies for help. However, if you have no choice about the situation and its completion, you have to do what you have to do. Here's a look at a few things you should expect if you have to hire a crane service in cold and snowy weather. 

It may take a little longer for the crane to get to you. 

One thing is for certain, those who haul a large piece of equipment in the cold weather on ice and snow have to be even more cautious about the traveling endeavor than usual. Therefore, you may be waiting longer than usual to get the crane to your work site, so this is something you should expect in the winter. 

It may be a little more costly to hire a crane in cold and snowy weather. 

Because delivery times can be longer and travel more treacherous, it may cost you a little more than usual to get the crane to your property to perform the necessary work in the snowy parts of the year. Likewise, if the ground is covered in snow and ice, it can mean longer hours of operation for the crane. Because most crane companies will charge by the hour for service performed, your winter crane needs may be a little higher than usual. 

It may take extra permits to get the crane to your location. 

When the cold winter season brings along wintry precipitation, it can mean the usual roads and access points are not as accessible, especially for a large flatbed truck that is hauling a crane. Normally, when you call and hire a crane for a project, the company will configure the most cost-effective and logical route to take to get the equipment to the work site. However, if some roads are out of service because of snow and ice, it can force the driver hauling the crane to take roads they normally would avoid because of costly tolls or permits.