A house frame is that of a skeleton. It gives the building its shape and offers it structural support, also providing a base on which later materials will be attached.
Of the most common framework materials, timber is in the highest demand in residential construction.
Timber frame houses
Timber framing is the primary method of framing any new home. The ceiling, walls, and floors are constructed of wood, using large sheets of plywood, or any similar material, attached to act as a platform.
The timber is held together using either nails or wood and corners are made up of several beams slotted together, with large beams calls joists that bear the weight of the upper floors and roof.
Advantages of timber frame houses
Timber houses boast several advantages over other materials used to frame houses (i.e. steel). A great advantage is how the material responds to shifts in temperature and how timber is sourced.
Timber is considered the ‘greener’ option, making it popular amongst environmentalists as most of it comes from environmentally-conscious sources.
Timber frame houses are robust and can withstand extreme weather and temperatures in a wide variety of climates.
For the above reasons, timber continues to be at the forefront of materials used when framing around the globe.