For years on end, brick, stone and blocks were the most common building materials. They still are. However, for a good reason, timber-framed structures are chosen over the classic structures, according to a recent MTW report.
Timber-framed structures are simple to construct with and very affordable. They’re also very adaptable, with the ability to be covered in virtually any material.
However, the major reason for the popularity of timber-framed homes is that they are considerably more environmentally friendly than classic materials. When compared to typical brick construction, a wood frame structure emits less CO2.
A building’s eco-credentials will be even more remarkable if the lumber is ethically obtained and the trees replanted.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the advantages and disadvantages of building with timber.
Now that you know the advantages of building with timber, it is time to talk about the disadvantages that come with a timber building.
Sounds travel more easily – When compared to a block-built home, sound travels more easily through timber-framed walls, because of the increased density of blocks. The addition of insulation or sound-deadening materials to the timber frame during construction, on the other hand, can minimise sound transmission.4
Not solid enough – Timber-framed dwellings are sometimes criticised for feeling “lightweight” and less substantial than typical cavity-built buildings. This is probably only an issue when hanging pictures or putting up shelves since a wood stud must be found. Modern picture fittings, on the other hand, make it easy to attach objects to plasterboard.
An issue with shower units – As a construction material, timber has several advantages. It does, however, seem to change with time. Daily, you are unlikely to detect this movement, but it may be different in the restroom. Shower enclosures aren’t meant to shift, and if they do, they’re likely to fracture. If a shower is no longer waterproof, it is more likely to leak, and you don’t want water to get into the timber structure of a building. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: instead of an enclosure, construct a shower unit. Because they don’t require tiles or grout, they won’t break or leak.
As this blog post shows, building with timber has more advantages than disadvantages. From its low costs to be durable over time, timber is a great building material if you consider building a new house or making an extension to an existing building.