Timber frame building in the UK
continues to grow in popularity. As its name suggests, the method
uses a timber frame as means of structural support. The frame makes
up the internal and external structure of the building and supports
the entire home without the need for interior load-bearing
The basic frame is usually factory
prefabricated off-site, thereby reducing timber wastage, and is
then delivered and erected on-site - usually by the supplier or
Timber frame offers a lighter form of construction which can be
of benefit to foundations, particularly where poor ground
Advantages of timber frame
Depending on the complexity of the design, timber frames can be
erected approximately 30% faster than brick and block. The frame
itself can go up in just a couple of days, and can be weather-tight
in under a week. As there are usually no interior load-bearing
walls, floor plan space can be as open as required.
Because the frames are factory-made, it's difficult to modify
the structure once the frame is finished, so the design should be
exactly right for the plot, and lined up perfectly with the ground
One of the most common timber frame methods is the open panel
system. The panels are made from a certified softwood timber frame,
covered with structural sheet material such as plywood or
orientated strand board (OSB), with a membrane on the outside, and
open on the inside.
They are made efficiently in a factory and fixed into a rigid
structure on site.
- Quicker building times.
- Reduced security and storage problems on site.
- Timber frame is a dry form of construction eliminating 'wet'
trades, resulting in less shrinkage and remedial and maintenance
- Timber frame has high insulation 'U' values giving better
comfort and reduced fuel bills.
- Timber frames can provide very good acoustics.
Jewson has everything you'll need...
- Products; The right choice of insulation is key in getting the
best performance from your timber frame structure. Jewson is able
to advise you on the best insulation solutions for your project. We
also have a wide variety of breathable membranes in stock.