If there is anyone who understands just how relentless the Texas heat can be, it’s construction workers.
While summer can be a busy time for construction companies, the high temperatures usually result in shorter work days and an increase in the need for breaks.
Brad Beldon, president and CEO of Beldon Roofing, said his crews can only operate at about 80 percent efficiency during the summer.
“A lot of the roofs that are going down today are highly reflective and not only does heat rise, but it's reflecting off of those white roofs onto your body and it's just becoming very uncomfortable,” Beldon said. “We have to take breaks every hour, otherwise our teams can't make it through the day.”
Beldon’s crews start the day around 6:30 a.m. to ensure they do the most labor-intensive work while temperatures are still low.
Each crew takes about 30 gallons of water, ice, and sports drink powder to a job.
But Beldon said the heat does more than take a toll on workers, it also has an impact on his business as a whole.
“If it’s not raining, you don’t know your roof is leaking,” he said