Why You Should Choose Timber Wall Framing Systems over Their Masonry-Built Counterparts

7 September 2016
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When building a house, you need to consider several factors to make the project a success. For instance, the type of wall framing you choose to use matters a lot in terms of the functionality and the overall appearance of the house. Masonry-built framing systems and timber wall framing systems are two of the most commonly used systems. Each of these systems has its own pros and cons. However, here are 3 good reasons why you should consider selecting timber wall framing systems. 

Speed of On-Site Construction

This is a distinct advantage that comes with using timber wall framing systems. The timber frame components used for the wall construction are usually manufactured in factories and delivered on site. Erecting the timber frame panels once they are on site is very easy, and the project will take relatively shorter than its masonry-built counterpart would. Increased speed of construction increases profitability of the project too, because it lowers the amount of money or capital that you'd spend on the work. Increased speed can also mean reduced risks involved. The longer a project takes, the greater potential risks may arise from factors such as inclement weather or issues related to industrial relations.

With masonry-built walls, you'd have to wait for the plaster to dry out, which would increase the timescale of the project. Since there's no need for dry-out time with timber wall frames, you can also start decorating your walls as soon as possible.

Flexibility In Terms Of Change

With time, the need to break down walls and build new ones may arise because of the changes in families and homes. Perhaps you want to expand certain rooms to accommodate more people or stuff or reduce other rooms. Making these changes on a masonry-built wall can be more intrusive, time consuming, and complex because of the need to knock down the walls or chip plaster. Timber wall framing systems can be altered more easily to suit your adjustment requirements because they only are made of wooden panelling.

Better Thermal Performance

Timber wall frames can cool down and heat up more quickly than their masonry-built equivalents. This means that your central heating won't have to work much harder to achieve the desired heat levels in your house. For this reason, you might even end up with relatively lower energy bills.

Timber also has very high insulating properties that help prevent thermal bridging to make your home thermally efficient.