Pros & Cons of Steel vs Timber Framing

So…How does Steel Framing compare with Timber?

 

Here are Pros and Cons of using both materials to help you decide which framing is right for you and your team and the homeowner.

 STEEL FRAMING

Pros
  • Strong, Straight, and true
  • Does not twist, warp, shrink, or buckle
  • Precision guaranteed and Durable
  • Does not retain moisture
  • Easy to handle (about 1/3 weight of timber framing)
  • Minimal on site waste
  • Pre-punched service line holes
  • 100% termite proof
  • Non combustible and does not burn
  • 100% recyclable and is one of the most recycled materials on earth
Cons
  • Not as many builders familiar with it
  • Thermal conductivity and Insulation requirements
  • Requires a thermal break to be included as part of the insulation process.
  • Site modifications not so easy and flexible
  • More screws than nails

 

TIMBER FRAMING

Pros
  • Natural product
  • Easier for renovations
  • Very familiar to most builders
  • Onsite remedies easy
  • Tried and True and more popular
  • Timber is a natural insulator
  • Timber does not rust, but steel can
  • Easily meets insulation standards without the need for thermal barriers
Cons
  • Heavier to handle often require cranage
  • Forests milled to produce
  • Timber treatment cause allergies
  • More additional work required onsite
  • Vulnerable to pests and termites
  • Can cause nasties such as mould and fungi
  • Vulnerable to moisture
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