Advantages of Timber Frame Structures

Timber Frame Structures are:

  • Timber frame structures are stronger and more durable.
  • Timber Frames with SIP, or structural insulated panels as insulation, they are more efficient than fiberglass, and even stronger.
  • There are no load bearing walls in timber frame structures, allowing changes to the floor plan with no structural consequences.timber frame structures
  • SIPs can have as many doors or windows as desired.
  • The working structure of the array can be seen, studied, and enjoyed.
  • Walls are straighter. Look down stick-built walls and compare with timber frame walls.
  • With SIPs, structures often cost less than half as much to heat and cool as stick-built/fiberglass structures.
  • Noise insulation is remarkable.
  • There is no settling of insulation and increase in thermal transmission as occurs with fiberglass.
  • With SIPs, there is much more efficient use of energy.
  • Air flow through a SIP was is less than 10% of that through a stud-wall/fiberglass structure.
  • With SIPs, HVAC systems can be sized smaller, costing less, and still have higher SEER ratings (higher efficiency).
  • There is little temperature variation throughout the buildingno hot or cold spots.
  • Usually less wood is used in  timber frames than in a stud-wall structure.
  • Use of sustainable materials, such as local wood, contributes to a lower carbon footprint and lower cost to the environment.
  • A very low carbon footprint is created when local woods are used.
  • The building process creates almost no waste.
  • Compare with the dumpsters you see at stick-built sites. Less waste at jobsite means less pressure on waste treatment plants/landfills.
  • Timber waste can be recycled.
  • Craftsmanship is encouraged and enhanced by the owner’s and framer’s knowledge that the frame will be seen and admired by the inhabitants and visitors for centuries.

You can learn more about Joe and Cabin Creek Timber Frames by visiting their website or the listing in our directory.

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One Response to Advantages of Timber Frame Structures

  1. Wholesale Logs July 29, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Great points. Timber frame houses have been around for centuries and for some reason now they have become famous again. People are in constant demand for house that are durable, comfortable and have a lot of open space. Timber frame houses have a long life as they are strong and robust and if they are properly maintained they can even last a lifetime.

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