Top Five Benefits of Building with Timber Frame

22 September 2020 Kelly Newlands
Timber frame house under construction
There are benefits to all kinds of build systems and construction methods,but here at Kingspan Timber Solutions, we think that timber frame is the best option. We have two timber-frame product offerings, ULTIMA™ and LOGIC. Even when compared with other timber frames, they’re impressive. Their thermal performance regularly exceeds Building Regulations, giving you a home that saves on energy bills and is comfortable for you to live in. 

Arguably, the biggest benefit to timber frame construction is your peace of mind. Working with a package company like us means we have sole contractual responsibility for the entire project. We operate as one machine, so you know exactly who is responsible for everything, and who to go to if you have questions.

And that's not the only reason we think timber frames are the best option. Yes, we might be biased, but the benefits of building with timber frames really do speak for themselves…

1. Speed

Timber frame house under construction
Building with timber frames is speedy. They’re manufactured and part assembled in a factory, so when they reach the site, the erection is remarkably quick. In fact, a full timber-frame superstructure can be up in a matter of weeks. This means it can be made weathertight sooner, which in turn allows other trades to begin working, like plasterers and electricians.

2. Reliability

Timber frame house under construction
Timber frame is a dry method of construction, which means adverse weather like rain or snow will not affect the erection of your home. Where brick building would have to be paused, timber-frame erection can carry on as normal. In fact, with the exception of extremely high winds that would render the operation of cranes too unsafe, timber-frame construction is virtually unstoppable. Given the unpredictable and often wet climate of the UK, this is a major plus. This means that if you’ve got a tight build schedule, or if you’re just (understandably) eager to get your new home finished, timber frame is the right fit for you.

3. Sustainability

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Environmental consciousness is all the more important now than ever, and many self builders are now concerned with factoring sustainability into their projects. All of our timber is sourced from sustainable forests, and that even includes the oriented strand board (OSB). Timber frame also has a lower embodied energy than other conventional methods like masonry, which means it requires significantly less energy to cultivate and manufacture it.

4. Slim

Timber frame house under construction
This is more important than you might think. Because timber-frame construction involves insulation being built into the wall panels themselves, in addition to being placed around it, the wall build up of a timber-frame home is very slim. Much slimmer than that of, say, a brick-built house, in which all of the insulation has to be applied after the brick wall is in place. The bricks are purely structural, whereas the timber frame is structural and insulative. This might not seem like a big difference, but a few inches here and there can add up to whole square metres of extra floor space.

5. High quality

Timber frame house under construction
Timber frames are manufactured in a quality-controlled factory and measured to the specific dimensions of your individual design. That means that there is high dimensional accuracy, so you won’t get halfway through your build and find out something doesn’t fit, because every single piece is designed exactly.

So what's the verdict?

Timber frame house under construction
These are just some of the benefits of building with timber frames. Overall, in addition to the big plus of us having contractual responsibility of your build, timber frames will make your build process fast, reliable, sustainable, and create a high-quality home for you to enjoy.
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