Timber framing is often used for churches, lodges, log cabins, and other such rustic structures, as the timber framing allows for an open and grand feeling inside the building. However, this framing can also be used for residential homes, where it can be left open and exposed, or get covered over with drywall and other building materials. Timber framing is very durable and does offer some distinct advantages over other types of building materials and choices, so note a few tips that will help you decide if a timber-framed home is right for you.
Changing the layout
One advantage of timber framing is that the structure needs few, if any, load-bearing walls along its interior. This allows you to put walls where it suits you, and not where they need to be located in order to hold up the home's weight. With this in mind, consider if you might want to change the layout of your home over time; for example, you might have children at home now, but know they'll move out in a few years, so that you'll want to remove their bedrooms and create a more open floor plan. On the other hand, you might have aging parents whom you'll want to move into your home in a few years; a timber-framed home allows you to add walls to the first floor to create their bedroom or living space, giving you maximum flexibility over your home's layout.
Moisture and insects
In some areas, homes may be more prone to moisture build-up and resultant mould growth, or may be more likely to become infested with termites, roaches, and other pests. The density of timber frames keeps out excess moisture and also makes the structure a poor host to insects and pests. The density of timber frames also means it doesn't feed a fire so easily. If you're building your home in the tropics or near a coastline, or in any areas that offers a greater risk of brushfires, moisture building, or pest infestation, consider a timber-framed home for added durability.
Added energy efficiency
Timber-framed homes are typically covered with what are called structural insulated panels, or SIPs, and these are very energy efficient, providing better insulation than standard fibreglass rolls or even blown foam insulation. This makes timber-framed homes a good choice for areas with extreme climates. If you want to construct your home in a dessert or an area with long, harsh winters, a timber-framed home can mean less use of your heating and cooling systems and more comfort inside the home.
For more information, contact companies like Heyden Frame & Truss.