Here at Imperial Framing Ltd, we use timber frames for various reasons. Foremost amongst these, however, remain the strength of the finished product, the stunning aesthetic appeal it delivers and the longevity it provides to our clients in East Grinstead. These benefits, along with the others we explore below, ensure that our orangeries, oak conservatories, timber garages, home offices and garden rooms not only meet expectations, but exceed them in every way possible too.
With the timeless appeal of rustic designs and an increasing move toward more sustainable building methods, timber frame construction looks set to continue its impressive resurgence in the coming years.
Below, we’ve looked into some of the advantages that come with timber construction.
1. Offsite Construction
Also known as modular construction, offsite methods have been in existence since the 1950s and the rise of pre-fab houses. This approach to constructing anything from garden rooms to oak conservatories to entire new builds represents a huge asset when a project requires a swift turnaround.
Work can begin even when sites in East Grinstead and beyond aren’t fully prepared, and because it takes place in workshop conditions, variables such as bad weather don’t slow progress. In addition to a prompt, time-efficient start, offsite construction also streamlines the supply chain and reduces the likelihood of delays. This all equals the consistent meeting of deadlines while also reducing onsite waste as well.
2. Natural Material
The construction process utilises very few natural building materials, making timber a relatively unique choice. As a non-toxic material, using timber for projects such as orangeries, timber garages and extensions ensures that chemical vapours don’t leak into the building. What’s more, it also remains safe for our team to handle, meaning less time spent drawing up Health & Safety measures.
We primarily use green oak for our construction work in East Grinstead, from oak conservatories to garden rooms. This timber hasn’t fully matured yet, so it has a softness that allows our craftsmen to cut it into shape relatively easily. However, the timber still possesses significant strength, and will only get stronger as it ages.
3. A Sustainable Choice
Timber has been used in construction for thousands of years. As such, the majority of timber supplying countries have long held policies that ensure the continued regrowth of their supplies. This guarantees that, at any one time, more timber is growing than being felled.
Furthermore, timber is readily available across the world, so it often gets used relatively close the point of production. Not only does this support local economies, it also reduces the amount of energy required to transport the material over long distances.
4. Impressive Insulation
As a framing material for garden rooms, oak conservatories, orangeries and home offices, as well as room-over timber garages, timber frames provide additional insulating qualities. The structure of wood consists of minute air pockets that limit timber’s ability to conduct heat. This means any generated warmth remains in the room, allowing property owners in East Grinstead to use less fuel for an energy efficient home.
In addition, timber frames also allow more space for insulation when compared with a brick building. With these natural insulating qualities, and more space for additional insulating material, timber frames remain an essential part of modern living.