Timber Frame Facts

In years past many people were concerned about the risk of condensation, rot and infestation in timber frame houses. This can be shown to be completely unfounded and can be demonstrated by many years of experience with the process.

Condensation is caused by warm moist air present in the home, say for example steam in a bathroom or in a kitchen. As the moisture passes through the walls of the property the water condenses as the temperature drops creating moisture. This may cause dampness on the walls, windows or surfaces within the home.

Timber framed homes are treated for rot and dampness and therefore damage would only be caused if the moisture content of the home was out of the ordinary. Timber framed homes are constructed with modern insulation which cannot rot and modern pasterboard is both rot proof and fire retardant.

It is extremely rare for a timber framed home to suffer from rot or infestation. External cladding boards and fascia boards can rot if not treated on a regular basis but the actual frame of the building is well protected and insulated and therefore is not affected. Dry rot and wet rot strike fear into many either in a traditional home or a timber framed home. For either of these conditions to survive there must be very high moisture content to the timber, as timber homes are well insulated and treated with the most modern materials it will never be able to establish itself.

Insects attacking the wooden structure is also highly unlikely as most of the damaging species of insects only affect hardwood or newly felled timber. Warm dry pressure treated timber found in a modern timber framed home is not the ideal habitat for woodworm, fungi or beetle and therefore the home will not be attacked.

Factory built panels ensures quality, reduces overall build costs and shortens programmes.

— Over 70% of the population in the developed world live in Timber Frame housing.

— The highest popularity of timber frame construction is found in N America, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan.

— 10% of all new houses built in England use timber frame construction.

— Around 90% of self-build projects in the UK are timber framed homes.

— Every Belmont timber frame home has been designed and then engineered to the very highest levels of accuracy and quality.

— Construction of walls, roof trusses and other components is not dependent on the weather – it can be done anytime inside a factory.

— Standardization and predictability of quality and much more control during the process of construction .

— As components are made to an engineering standard it’s much easier to meet or exceed current Building Standards.

— Much improved Health & Safety standards in controlled factory conditions.

— The building and construction process is very much more environmentally friendly.

— Increased speed and ease of erection means much cheaper build costs.

— It’s a more flexible design paradigm which allows increased flexibility making it easier to meet the exact needs of individual customers.

— Very high levels of energy efficiency mean low annual running costs, typically up to 40% lower heating bills.

— Timber frame produces much better sound insulation than traditional homes built of brick and block.

— A timber frame is a structure that shows resistance to fire and flood due to pressure treated with fire retardant and rot resistant chemicals.

— Due to the inherent design flexibility, timber frame offers more choice, better quality and more value for money than any other construction method available.

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