If you have decided to build yourself a brand new house, a small cottage or even a small garden shed, consider using timber. Timber is one of the most affordable, durable and reliable building materials you can find on the market. Here you will find 5 of the best benefits of building with timber:
1. Natural and non-toxic
Not only is timber 100% natural and renewable – it is also readily available in many parts of New Zealand. Timber is non-toxic, biodegradable and doesn’t need to be chemically treated to withstand harsh environmental conditions. This is very important for protecting the flora and fauna, as chemically treated wood can wreak havoc on the ecosystem.
2. Time efficient to build with
One of the main reasons builders have started to use timber more frequently is because it can reduce construction times by as much as 30%. If you are on a tight schedule and want to get the job done quickly and smoothly, this is important. Timber is also durable yet lightweight and can be beneficial for building home foundations in areas with poor ground conditions.
3. Structurally sound
A very common misconception related to timber is that it is not as sturdy as metal, concrete or other building materials. The truth is that timber is structurally sound and can withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. Heavy timber is naturally resistant to fire and can withstand devastating natural disasters – from tsunamis and hurricanes to severe earthquakes.
4. Timber is a great insulator
If you are looking for a durable and cost-effective material that stands out through its insulation properties, then look no further than timber. Timber is known to be a natural insulator and can reduce the energy needs of your future home. It is important to remember that everything comes down to the overall frame of the building. It is essential for the frame not to allow any temperature transfer between the interior and the exterior of the house.
5. Flexible design options
Timber has been used for thousands of years due to its flexibility and versatility. With a bit of effort, you can use timber to envision just about any type of design. Customisable and very malleable at the same time, timber can be used not just for the overall structure of your home – but also for creating large open spaces, window frames and decking.