Timber Options Available
Another advantage of a traditional timber frame is that it makes a good insulator – it can help keep a home warm or cool. Lightweight framed construction, like timber framing, is suitable for homes in hot and humid climate zones. Timber is not a conductor of heat which gives it a low R-value (thermal resistance rating), acting as a thermal bridge. Since it doesn’t absorb or radiate heat at a significant level, it is great at helping keep the temperature stable in timber-framed houses.
Builders and carpenters generally choose to work with timber because it is affordable, easy to source, and reliable. Timber is more versatile to work with on-site as well. If something in the plan changes and adjustments to the timber wall frames are necessary, this can be achieved much more easily than if the frames use steel or other more inflexible material.