Why build with Timber Frame?

Timber frame construction offers a wide scope and flexibility of house design. Timber Frame erection can be built in almost half the time of other construction methods and save home owners thousands on their home running costs. It’s largely for this reason that timber frame construction is becoming the preferred method for many contractors and developers. Read QTF Homes full list of benefits here: http://www.qtfhomes.co.uk/services/saving-money/

Can I expect quality and accuracy from QTF Homes timber frames?

Of course. Our frames are precision engineered in our controlled factory environment which we invite you to visit and each part of the frame is carefully cut and assembled to exacting standards and plans, from our highly experience staff. The material used in our timber framed builds is from high quality Scandinavian or Canadian timber, which has dry matter content higher than that of Irish and British timber.

Is it more difficult to achieve regulatory approval for a timber framed building?

On the contrary, since timber is such a natural insulator, a timber framed building can generally achieve easier success levels than traditional masonry construction.

Is a Timber Frame House as strong as a masonry house?

In almost all cases Timber Frame Homes are known to have the same strength, and in many cases will out-perform brick and block houses. As well as this, it is a structural system which is capable of supporting multi-storey construction. Well designed and erected, a timber frame construction is suitable for up to 6 floors.

Is it easy to tell the difference between a timber frame and conventional block and mortar house?

The main difference between these two construction methods is that the timber replaces the internal leaf of block work. Once the external brick work and the internal plasterboard are applied, the final appearance of a timber-framed house is no different to its masonry counterpart.

Is it harder to obtain a mortgage on a timber framed house?

No. All major lenders offer mortgage finance for timber frame properties on the same terms as for other types of construction.

Is there a greater risk of fire in a Timber Frame House?

No. Timber Frame houses meet all fire standards required under the building regulations and, correctly constructed, there is no difference in fire risk to a timber frame house than to that of its masonry equivalent.

Does a Timber Frame House cost more to maintain and insure?

No. In fact, Timber frame houses provide excellent thermal and sound insulation with the benefits of home owners saving up to £1000 on annual heating costs, and 70% on overall energy costs according to UKTF. This Remarkable energy efficiency also means that houses stay warmer for longer once they have been heated.
Insurance companies commonly make no distinction for either type of home.

What is the life expectancy of a Timber Frame House?

There isn’t a definitive answer to this question. However, timber framed buildings have been around for centuries, some of our most valued historical dwellings were built using timber frame construction. These early buildings did not benefit from the modern preservatives used today in timber frame construction. Hence providing the building has the same level of maintenance a masonry building would receive life expectancy is no different.

Is a Timber Frame House really more environmentally friendly?

Yes. In no uncertain terms. The timber used in the UK for timber frame construction comes from sustainable forests. QTF Homes timber frame kits come from high quality Scandinavian or Canadian timber, which has dry matter content higher than that of Irish and British timber.

Is sound insulation an issue in a timber framed house?

No. As a result of the UK’s building regulations, in most instances sound travel is no greater than that of a traditional masonry building.

Can my builder collect my frames or will QTF Homes deliver them?

Your timber frames will be cut and assembled by QTF Homes prior to delivery. Their modular components need special transportation, hence all of our timber frames are delivered by us and handled by experienced staff. As we are delivering modules, this simplifies on-site construction and reduces material handling, minimising the risk of damage.

If you have a question for QTF Homes or wish to speak to use regarding our Timber Frame Kits please contact us at info@qtfhomes.co.uk.