One of the most common questions that we receive is whether or not it’s worth buying a home made with a timber frame. How long will the timber last? What are its advantages? To answer all of these FAQs, our team at Gosford Frame and Truss have put together this blog post.
How long does a house built with a timber frame last?
Houses built with wooden frames have been popular since the Tudor times, which occurred between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales. However, where they once used hardwood oak frames, we now use much studier materials such as softwood timber frames. Houses made from a softwood timber frame typically last around 25 – 30 years.
There can be some exceptions to this. For example, if your timber frame has been crafted by a quality supplier using highly rated materials, your house should last much longer. This is especially true if you use quality timber roof trusses and wall frames during construction.
The reverse is also true; if your timber frames are made using poor materials and bad craftsmanship, they may prove faulty in the long run. In addition to this, timber frames that are left unrepaired after structural damage and have been consistently weather-beaten, will start to decline faster than this estimate.
What are the advantages of using timber framing?
Sources show that approximately 70% of the world’s population live in timber-framed houses. There must be a reason for this, right? There are several, for example:
- The houses are quick to build, meaning that you don’t have to wait years to move into your dream home.
- Houses made from timber are relatively inexpensive to build, so you don’t have to burn a hole through your pocket to finance construction.
- Timber frames are incredibly versatile. This means that they will continue to be cost-effective as they can be clad in almost any material to suit your budget.
- Homes made from timber are also environmentally friendly. Building a timber house produces less carbon dioxide than any other type of build, including brick and block houses!
- Timber can be ethically sourced. You can reduce the environmental impact of building a timber-framed house by going with an ethically sourced provider. For example, at Gosford Frame and Truss, we promise to replant a tree for every single one we use.