Is the Life of a Wooden Structure Shorter Than a Traditional Brick Building?
This is a frequently asked question. Although many people think that this is indeed the case, it is not. The evidence in the UK is that classic brick buildings last for around 100 years. This is a number that timber is capable of matching. Timber also has comparable durability to structures made from other materials, such as metal frames. However, the lifespan of the timber depends on the quality of the wood and the construction process used to build the property. In general, we recommend that the building and the timber will last for around the same time, with most timber frames only beginning to require restoration after at least 70 years.
Can You Change from Constructing a Brick Home to a Timber Frame Building?
Yes, you can. When the plans are made for any brick home built using metal frames, certain specifications are made. In the event that you change your mind and decide to build the structure using a timber frame, we will use the same specifications to construct a matching building.
Is Timber Protected from Mildew, Pests, and Humidity?
Our timber is always treated to protect from pests, humidity, and mildew. All houses are built on a concrete slab to prevent damage occurring from water rising, but with brick houses, every property must be waterproofed to allow for an extra layer of protection. With timber buildings, this isn’t required. However, we install a vapour barrier to further protect the timber from the effects of humidity and mildew.
Is There an Increased Risk of Fire in Timber Constructions?
As wood is typically flammable, it is a popular myth that timber-based properties are at an increased risk of a fire. However, this is not the case. In fact, if a fire is to occur, the timber frame will cause the burning to follow a predictable pattern, which makes tackling the fire and preventing further damage easier. With brick houses, the fire spreads in a more unpredictable manner, which makes it much harder to stop. Timber frames are built in sections, allowing it to have a higher resistance to fire. Additionally, the timber contains a level of moisture that makes it more difficult to light, as the water must be evaporated before the timber can catch fire.
Is a Timber Building as Resistant to Weather Conditions Such as Snow and Wind as a Brick Building?
Timber frame houses are built according to very strict, static parameters, which allow them to withstand inclement weather conditions as effectively as any brick building.
Can Timber Dry after Flooding without Permanent Damage?
Yes, the timber can dry out and return to its original state.
Is a Timber Building a Sound-Insulated Structure?
Due to the nature of timber, and how it contains multiple layers, it is harder for vibrations to carry sound from one room to another. This allows timber to perform just as well, if not better, than a brick building.