Benefits of Timber
If you’re planning to build a new home that exudes a light and relaxing atmosphere, then you may want to know more about timber construction. Timber is one of the many and most popular materials used in building a house. It has characteristics that make it attractive to people who prefer energy-efficient and environment-friendly homes.
What are the benefits of using timber? How can it help you achieve your dream home? Below are some of the advantages of using timber in building a home.
Timber frame construction offers great flexibility of design. The look of the home can be changed considerably by using one or more of the many cladding products available. Being a lightweight material, the size and complexity of the foundations and structural support members can be reduced, resulting in lower construction costs. Its lightweight properties also allow the material to be moved around the site easily and even by hand, making it the ideal choice for two-story and hard-to-access sites.
The look of your home is very important. It has to be reflective of your style, taste and personality so that you can fully enjoy living in it. Timber brings a certain character to the overall aesthetic of a house. Because it gives out a lighter and smoother look and ambiance compared to brick masonry, timber makes a house feel comfortable, warm and homey. You can also choose from a wide range of textures, coatings and profiles. Not only that, timber is a great material to use if you want your house to perfectly blend with the natural surroundings.
Energy Efficiency and Environment Friendliness
Timber framed homes do not store the heat of the sun like masonry walls do. They cool down rapidly as the sun goes down where masonry walls act like a heater, radiating heat back into the interior of the home. A timber frame home has cavities in the walls, which can be filled with large amounts of insulation that help keep the interior cool and protected from the heat outside during the day. Insulation also keeps the heat in on those cooler nights.
Insulating is more difficult and expensive with masonry construction. Timber is also a natural product that stores carbon for its lifetime. It can be recycled and re-used. It is also a renewable resource, which is non-toxic and is grown in managed forests unlike most other construction materials. This makes it an environment-friendly choice to build with.
Compared to other materials, using lightweight timber frame construction is easier and faster as it can be completed by one trade without the use of heavy equipment and delays waiting on various other trades. Timber is readily available in all areas and is lighter and cheaper to transport than other materials. Mistakes or changes can be easily managed as removed materials can be re-used. This is not the case for a lot of other materials.
These are only some of the benefits you can enjoy from using timber in your new home. Remember that the material you’ll use is vital as it could make or break your entire project. Quality is also of utmost importance so that you can make sure that your new home is durable and can withstand the test of time.
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