Timber-Framed Buildings and their Pros and Cons

What are Timber-Framed Buildings?

Timber-Frame is a type of construction that uses large solid wooden posts held together by pegs to form the structure’s frame. The walls of the buildings are visible from the outside so that you can easily identify timber frame structures by the exposed timber posts. Timber frames are a beautiful way to build homes and outdoor structures like gazebos and porches. Timber-Frame techniques can also be used for small decorative elements in a conventional house.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Timer-Framed Buildings.

Timber frame buildings are a common form of construction for homes and low-rise buildings. It is a method of fitting timber beams and boards together to form a latticework frame. There are several advantages to this type of building but there are also disadvantages that you should be aware of before deciding if it fits your needs.

Advantages of Timber Frame Buildings

Green and Eco-Friendly

Most of the forested trees are re-planted after they’re felled, so this makes them a decent green option. As long as the timber is locally sourced, wood is a perfectly renewable resource and can be an eco-friendly building solution.

Quicker to Build

Concrete buildings take a lot of weeks to construct because they require a fair bit of time for the mortar and plaster to dry, they are a wet form of construction. Timber frames are usually put up in a matter of days as it is a dry construction. This means, if planned correctly, the timber frame can avoid being damaged by severe weather before it’s fully built.

Flexible Design

Timber frames can be designed into pretty much whatever shape you want. They’re known as the best type of frame to have for an open plan house and other non-traditional house designs. Concrete, Bricks and all other similar buildings are relatively limited in terms of building an unconventional design with them because their unchanged square shape only allows for rigid, block-like structures.

Can be built in sub-zero temperatures

One of the main problems with concrete buildings is that they can’t be built once the air temperature reaches freezing. Brick and concrete being a wet construction form, you must not allow it to freeze and expand as this could warp the entire building. However, timber frame building can still be built regardless of temperature. This is why they are more popular in colder parts of the world. According to reports from Ontario Wealth Management Corporation, more than 70% of homes in Scotland are built with timber.

Disadvantages of Timber Frame Buildings

Cost

The cost of a pre-designed timber frame can be higher than concrete construction materials

Timber frames can rot

As with most wood that is exposed to damp conditions, timber frames will rot if they’re poorly built or in an extremely wet climate. If the building is not damp proofed well or anything is not sealed completely, moisture can seep in and destroy your building from the inside out, over a long period of time.

Sound-Proofing

Timber is an excellent transmitter of sound waves so any noise outside or inside of the home is easily heard throughout the home. This can be the main problem if there are several people living in the home or it is situated near a noisy street as the sounds are transmitted very clearly.

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