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Do Timber Frames Cost More?

The frame of a building is one of the most important structural components. It must be strong enough to support the weight of the roof, walls, and additional loads such as wind or water. The frame also plays a role in determining the overall shape of the building.

The two main types of frames used in construction are steel and timber. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, which we will discuss in this article.

Steel Frames

Steel frames are generally more expensive than timber frames, and the design options are much more limited. Steel frames are also more difficult to work with, as they typically require more specialized training and equipment.

However, steel frames have several advantages over timber frames. They are much stronger and more durable, allowing them to support heavier loads. Steel frames are also less likely to be damaged by fire or insects.

Timber Frames

Timber frames are typically less expensive than steel frames. This is because they can be made from recycled materials and require less labor to construct. Timber frames are also much more aesthetically pleasing, design flexible, and sustainable, making them a popular choice in British Columbia.

However, timber frames have several disadvantages compared to steel frames. Not all wood is the same, and in some cases, timber frames are not as strong or durable. Timber frames are also much more susceptible to rot, insects, and fires.

So, which type of frame is better? The answer depends on your needs and budget. Steel is the better choice if you need a durable frame. However, if you are looking for a more affordable, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing option, then timber is the better choice.

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