A majority of timber frame construction project management involves deciding the timber frame for frame construction. A timber frame is basically a system of floors and panelized structural walls made of small sections of timber studs clad with board products. Timber frame construction involves building timber frames that transmit horizontal and vertical loads to the foundation.
It is essential to note that timber frames are distinct from beam structures, timber engineered structural frames, and timber posts. As timber frames are often the best option if it’s necessary to produce the structural shell rapidly in poor ground conditions, timber frame construction requires much research on the appropriate materials to use.
Advantages of Timber Frame Construction
There are a variety of advantages when it comes to timber frame construction. Timber frames have a higher thermal performance compared to thinner masonry structures. This is because timber frames have a lower thermal mass which enables the spaces to heat up better. However, this means it will cool down quickly too. Also, timber frame construction can be done off-site. This allows you to tailor the quality of the timber frame to your preferences. This produces high-quality timber frames compared to producing materials in less-controlled environments like construction sites. A prefabricated timber frame can also be set up on-site faster than a brick and block structure. Hence, interior works like wiring and plastering can be done earlier and faster. Therefore, timber frame construction enables you to speed up your construction according to schedule.
Disadvantages of Timber Frame Construction
Timber frame construction also comes with other disadvantages compared to other building materials which may affect your decision to use timber frames. One of them is acoustics. Timber frames may not have the same level of acoustics compared to masonry or concrete. However, this can be mitigated by making two walls to provide a structural gap between them. Sound absorbent materials can be used to fill the gap to improve acoustics.
Timber Frame Construction Methods
There are a variety of ways to go about timber frame construction. One of the methods to make a timber frame is a platform frame where each story is made with a floor deck and floor-to-ceiling timber panels. This provides a platform for making the next story. Another method for timber frame construction is the engineered stud method where insulation is installed between load-bearing timber studs. Another option is to make use of structural insulated panels. This is done by having an insulating core in between two structural facings. Meanwhile, another method is the twin stud method where two timber frame stud walls are placed parallel with each other. They are then separated with a cavity that’s insulated.
Why Choose US Framing?
As the leading provider for timber wood construction, US Framing specializes in multi-family construction projects. With over 40 years worth of experience and having managed multiple projects for various clients, you can be assured that our timber frame construction services can meet your business needs. Contact us to find out more!