The anatomy of a building is not dissimilar to that of the human body. Think of the skeleton as your frame. If your structure is strong and composed of the right materials, it will endure the test of time. It is essential that every building is safe and secure. So, lets investigate this further.
The debacle of whether to use timber or steel frames is a confusing one for many builders as there are many misconceptions on the subject. A builder’s best ally, in making the correct decision on whether to build with timber or steel, is knowledge. The ramifications of making the wrong call could potentially be momentous in respective of costly repairs and longevity of a home.
The simple answer : Yes.
The reality remains that life is about choice: we can choose to take risks, minimise them, or avoid them altogether. When it comes to capital intensive investments, the intelligent decision would be to minimise your risk or avoid them altogether, if possible. The building industry is a prime example where an investor’s dollar should be wisely spent.
Traditionally, timber has been the medium choice in framing systems. This thinking has seen an evolution where prudent investors and builders are becoming more knowledgeable, minimising their risk and increasing the value of their investments by choosing steel. There is an acceptance that timber contains natural weaknesses and is susceptible to damage.
Construction errors are typically corrected on-site. This would involve cutting into timber frame which impacts on the integrity of the structure. This is a cheap solution but not without risk to the homeowner. Timber is not a perfect material: its cellulose characteristics and inherent imperfections are a weakness. It is not uncommon for timber to suffer internal stress fractures. Another drawback, is the high risk of termite infestation. The ramifications of structural defects are immense and the costs substantial.