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Why timber framed homes got a bad reputation

Modern timber frame structures are precision-engineered, strong and durable. The method uses a timber frame manufactured in a factory to support the structure, and then transfer the load from the roofs and floors.

The majority of the time:

  • The construction of timber frame houses is more environmentally friendly and sustainable than that of brick/block.
  • The timber frame house is constructed from components that are manufactured in factories. They are more precise and have a lower risk of defects.
  • Timber frame homes generate less waste.
  • The airtightness of timber frame houses is increased by a higher level of insulation and better fitting. For a Timber Frame Company, visit a site like

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Why do people not like timber-framed homes as much as brick-block houses?

In the 1980s, a British investigative news programme produced by Granada Television on behalf of ITV, ran a report about the failures of timber-framed homes. One particular mass housing developer had built houses that were poorly detailed, designed and constructed. Unfortunately, this idea of timber-framed houses being substandard stuck.

The problems associated with this housing development in the 1980s will not be experienced by timber frame homes that have been designed correctly, are detailed and built using high quality preservative treated wood.

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In the UK, the timber-framed construction method was a “novel” construction technique in the 1980s. It was easy to criticise a new construction method in favour of old ones. However, this is not the case anymore and the UK has found itself late to the party in terms of the benefits of timber framed homes.