Timber Frame VS Double Brick: 5 Reasons why timber wins in WA
In Western Australia, there has been a concerted campaign to convince the public that double-brick is the only way to go. This campaign has been quite effective and as a result, most people really believe there are no other viable options.
We disagree. Big time.
So here we hope to convince you that timber frame beats brick in every way
5 Reasons why timber is superior to brick (especially in WA)
1. Faster build times
Brick forces the builders to lay down huge footings before the concrete slab, which itself needs to be reinforced to withstand the extra weight. Brick, especially double-brick is cumbersome and extends build time far beyond what is reasonable for homeowners. Timber frame construction doesn’t require massive concrete footings and with our efficient building materials and methods, is also quick and easy to erect.
2. More space
Double brick especially takes up a lot of space. That’s space you’ll not have to add an extra TV or to fit in that ping pong table you’ve always wanted. This is even more relevant when you’re building on a small lot. If you combine that extra wall thickness on two sides of a small frontage, that loss of space can be significant. Our slim timber frame walls mean more space for you to enjoy your home.
3. Better insulation
With the right materials used in timber frame construction, you can have the ideal balance of heat retention and insulation. Despite the hype, brick is well known to be an awful insulator and can be positively unpleasant especially in the climate of Western Australia. Our timber frame homes are tested to be effective in both cold and hot climates.
4. Design and aesthetics
Appearance matters. The look and feel of the finished product really makes a difference to us and to our customers. Let’s be honest. Brick is ugly. Sure you can render it but that can be costly and it defeats the purpose of using the material. In addition, timber allows you to do more in terms of design and material choices. You can still render it to get any look you want anyway.
The bottom line is that brick can be expensive for no additional benefit. It also takes longer and is messier. Timber frame is fast and efficient, especially if you have a well-tested system.
At this stage, people often voice legitimate concerns over some of the bricks perceived advantages vs timber frame. The most common ones being the strength, sound insulation, and resistance to termites or vermin. All three of these issues have been overcome using timber frame, thanks to our partnership with James Hardie and our own unique methods of preparation and building processes.
With a little education hopefully, more people will start to understand how brick has been massively overhyped as a solution to all these problems. We’ve developed a way of using timber frame that meets all the requirements of a sturdy, insulated and reliable building material while being economical.
Here’s a sped up version of how we put together our unique timber-fram wall system.
If you have any additional questions about our building methods or materials, you can call us at any time on 1300 90 40 40 or get in touch with us here.