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Timber Frame Houses In South Africa – The Logical Alternative

By Darren Kumin

The building industry in South Africa is undergoing a revolution. As with many other parts of the world, timber frame housing is quickly gaining recognition in South Africa. More and more people are realizing and appreciating the huge aesthetic, environmental and economic benefits of putting up a timber frame house as opposed to a traditional brick and mortar house.

Years ago a timber frame house wasn’t even close to being an attractive option. South Africa didn’t have the resources that were suitable for this type of construction. Today however, times have changed and thanks to better milling techniques it has become a feasible option.

Today it offers better quality, there is plenty of it, and it doesn’t have to be imported. When finished these are constructed beautifully and are quite attractive to any buyer. It’s become so popular that the South African National Building Regulations recommends it. This allows more families to purchase a timber frame house. Plus it’s a great alternative to traditional methods.

Building a timber frame house has a number of benefits. First, timber as a material is lighter in weight compared to the bricks used in masonry construction. In fact, compared to other building materials, steel and concrete included, timber has a better strength-to-weight ratio. This, coupled with its resilience and lightweight properties, makes it strong enough to endure stress and shock, which would otherwise seriously damage a conventional building.

Another benefit is a timber frame house can provide revolves around withstanding soil movements. It keeps the structure from being damaged, but in brick and mortar buildings they are susceptible. They could end up with cracks and extensive structural damage because of it. Worst of all this can happen with even the slightest soil movements. This is one of the main reasons why timber frame construction is dominant in areas around the reef.

A timber frame house has excellent energy and thermal properties. The cavities within the timber walls are hollow while the ceiling and spaces in the sub floors are heavily insulated. As a result, heat loss within the timber structure is minimized. In addition, the thermal efficiency of timber frame buildings is 6-8 times greater than that of traditional masonry constructions. This makes timber structures suitable for all seasons, as they are cool during summer and warm during winter.

Timber frame structures are also less costly to construct and maintain. The cost of repairs is much cheaper than that which conventional buildings would require. Dampness, which often affects brick and mortar buildings, is eradicated wherever timber is used. Even structural expansion and modification are easier to effect when dealing with a timber frame house. You need not demolish an entire structure or relocate the residents in order to carry out renovations. The aesthetic value of a timber frame structure is conspicuous to all, especially after the timber is treated, the building painted and varnish applied.

In the end you should definitely consider it if you plan to build a home in South Africa. It will save you money, but it will also be more durable and stable than what you’re used to seeing.

Darren Kumin is Manager of Double Up Roofroom Specialists, a Timber Frame Construction Company located in Sandton, South Africa. To get more information, click on Timber Frame Houses

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