Why choose timber frame for your build?

advantages of a timber frame build

When starting a new building project there are lots of factors to consider. Timber frame construction as opposed to brick and blockwork is becoming increasingly popular and in this article we explore some of the reasons why.

Whatever the weather

  • timber frame construction is not limited by harsh weather conditions
  • bricklaying cannot be carried out below 2 degrees and mortar must be kept at 4 degrees
  • timber frame construction can continue year round

Lightweight

  • timber is relatively light compared to steel and concrete and therefore easier and cheaper to transport and work with
  • lightweight construction requires less expensive foundations for a given building volume
  • enables larger buildings to be built on sites with poor ground conditions e.g. brown field sites

Speed

  • minimises the amount of time before the building gets to a watertight stage
  • a wall that takes 2-3 days to construct in blockwork can be put up in half a day using timber frame techniques
  • using a panellised timber system means walls can be constructed on site in a matter of days

Lower environmental impact

  • steel and concrete have a huge environmental cost: timber provides a viable building alternative
  • overall it takes very little to transform a tree into a building material compared to steel and concrete
  • timber is the totally sustainable and renewable building material
  • most timber producing countries have long standing policies of re-growing more than is felled: this means more timber is grown than is used

A totally natural product

  • timber does not generally contain any toxic ingredients
  • there is no question of chemicals leaking into the building
  • no dangerous materials to handle or to dispose of

Helps achieve a lower carbon footprint

  • for anyone wanting to achieve a lower carbon footprint and a more sustainably built home, timber frame offers a huge advantage
  • timber is lighter than conventional material which means less transport costs, energy usage and consequent CO2 emissions

Better insulation

  • buildings are responsible for 50% of all CO2 emissions, the average UK house generating 7.5 tonnes of CO2 per year
  • providing adequate insulation is the best way to reduce CO2 levels
  • a timber wall is typically thinner than a masonry wall allowing for a greater degree of insulation
  • as timber frames are sealed to prevent moist air getting inside the building, they heat up faster through central heating than masonry walls
  • a greater level of insulation prevents the space cooling more effectively than brick-built buildings
  • timbers natural structure limits its ability to conduct heat and helps minimise the energy needed to heat and cool a building
  • the improved energy efficiency equates to lower running costs and typically means less fossil fuels are used.

No limits on design or size

  • using timber as your main construction material provides endless design possibilities
  • structural timber such as Glulam rivals and surpasses the strength of concrete and steel
  • this combination of strength and lightweight enables a large degree of design flexibility and large span openings
  • timber frame lends itself particularly well to spacious open plan design
  • thinner walls means more internal space on the same footprint
  • flexible design potential and a lightweight structure means timber frames are suited to any project

Timber frame construction can be used for:

  • garages
  • garden rooms
  • ground floor extensions
  • first, second, third storey extensions
  • new build bungalow or house

 A wide range of looks

  • timber frame building can be finished in many different ways
  • enables you to choose anything from a traditional style to a sleek modern design
  • multitude of renders, wood and composite cladding products to choose from

In conclusion

We hope this short article has provided some useful information about timber frame construction and its advantages. Please feel free to contact us if you have a project you would like to discuss.

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