Timber framing is an increasingly popular option when it comes to commercial and residential buildings today. Although this type of construction framing dates back historically, the modern approach to timber framing is different and dates back to the 1970s. In this article, we share with you more about the ins and outs of timber framing.
Because of the way timber framed buildings are constructed, the thermal insulation within it means that only the air in the building will be heated. This has the advantage of energy efficiency, where external air is prevented from entering the building due to the tight fit of timber panels within the structure. In fact, you may even find that you do not have to spend much on heating in a timber framed building!
You can be assured that modern timber frame buildings are built to last as all the components are treated with preservative before construction. As all fence posts and parts are treated, this makes them less susceptible to rotting, which is a common concern with wood. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is an example of treated timber, and it is stabler than other types of hardwood. Its cross-grain layers make it unlikely to deform when met with moisture. This is a common problem with unmodified timber, which can trap any dampness generated within a building.
Faster and More Efficient Construction Process
With timber framing, your construction project can be completed much faster when compared with masonry type buildings. Timber can be prefabricated offsite and cuttings for fixtures such as doors and windows made in advance. When the time comes, they can simply be transported and assembled onsite with little time wastage. This has the benefit of speeding up the process of construction as well as minimizing waste and pollutants. Did you know that timber framed buildings only require half the energy it takes to construct a concrete building?
Another important feature of timber-framed buildings requires is its superior fire resistance. When you go with CLT, the cross sections of a building take an extended period of time to char, slowing down combustion and stopping it prematurely. On top of that, the structural integrity of a timber-framed building makes it unlikely to collapse in the case of a fire, being able to withstand its effects well.
Work with US Framing for CLT Framing Projects
If you are embarking on a commercial building project and think timber framing would be the most suitable approach for you, US Framing is your one-stop shop. We are able to assist you with the design, construction and management processes. With more than 40 years of experience and expertise in framing a wide range of buildings including hotels, student housing, apartments and more, many of our clients are repeat customers and we look forward to developing a good working relationship with you as well. Please feel free to contact us for more information or a quote.