Many people assume timber-framed buildings are just a lightweight form of construction but don’t be misled by this.
Timber framed buildings now account for more than 70 percent of new homes and the popularity of this form of construction is down the many benefits that outweigh traditional methods.
Here are some key points regarding the benefits:
- Sustainability is a keen issue for the building trade and timber a building material with one of the lowest environmental impacts if sourced sustainably.
- Build time is much quicker than a conventional build. The timber frames are usually erected in a matter of days rather than weeks.
- The use of timber frames has a great reputation for high precision manufacture, strength and durability.
- Timber is lightweight and flexible, which allows for design flexibility, use of other building materials to complement design and style, and is lightweight in comparison to other materials.
- Timber is a natural material that does not leak chemical vapours. It is safe to handle and ages naturally to enhance its natural beauty.
- A timber-framed house is long lasting, comparing well with all other standard forms of modern construction. It will easily last the 60 years plus which is the requirement of institutions such as insurers and building societies.
- Because timber framed homes are highly insulated as standard, they are very energy efficient – in fact, they are often considerably more energy efficient than current Building Regulations demand. This means that timber-framed homes are economical to run, heating up quickly and retain their heat for longer.
- Designs can be traditional, modern or conventional as the timber frame can be clad in any materials including brick, stone or render– there are so many options with this style of house, so your dreams are limitless.
Recently, one of our housing developments for 30 new-build properties in Liverpool had some tight programme constraints towards the end. To fit within the developers’ timescales some of the last few properties were therefore built timber frame to accelerate construction. By using this method, the builders were able to complete the build within the desired timeframe and also ensure that they were no different in appearance to the other traditionally built masonry houses.
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