Timber or metal frames? It’s a choice that most New South Wales homeowners have to make when building or buying a home. Both building materials have their pros and cons so it is important to learn the pros and cons of both timber and metal before deciding which material is a better fit for your frame.
The cost of the material is usually the greatest factor when it comes to deciding between metal and timber frames. Metal work usually comes at a higher premium, often due to the fact that materials are sourced from pre-fabricated supplies that are shipped in and therefore more expensive. Timber, on the other hand, is readily available and can even be cut to fit on site.
However, depending on how your framing materials are sourced and the quality of the timber that you intend on using for your build, the cost difference may become negligible. Before making a final decision make sure to do a price comparison that includes shipping and labour costs.
You would imagine that a metal frame would always beat timber in terms of structural integrity. However, producers can and will provide metal frames that are equal to timber so far as structural integrity is concerned if it means being able to offer the consumer a cheaper building material. That is not to say that the metal is compromised – only that by opting for a metal frame you are not necessarily getting a better product in regard to strength.
There is also the fact that the method of construction and quality of workmanship largely dictates the structural integrity of a building. There is very little difference between even high quality metal frames and timber if you hire a builder who understands structural integrity and adheres to the standards set out by the New South Wales government.
When it comes to eco friendliness there is a great argument for opting for metal frames. Not only is metal completely recyclable, having metal structures can also act as a great way of sealing energy leaks around windows and doors. On the other hand, timber frames are porous and may need additional insulation which all adds additional cost. However, when timber frames are insulated correctly they can be as effective as metal.
It all comes down to construction and ensuring that your home is as energy efficient as possible. A good builder will make sure that there is no adverse heat loss or gain, regardless of which material you choose for your frames.
One of the most compelling arguments for choosing metal framing is perhaps pest control. Not many pest insects eat metal which is why metal frames are preferred in areas which experience particular problems such as termites.
No matter which type of frame you prefer it is always important to have building inspections carried out whether you are building, buying or selling a home. Houspect can provide you with the professional services that you need to help take away some of the stress of transitioning to this new stage of your life. Contact Houspect NSW on 1300 258 789.