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Frequently Asked Questions

Before you decide whether a timber frame is the best option for your project, you may have some queries. Below is a list of some of the most commonly questions asked about timber frames. If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us for personalised advice on 01252 844747. Alternatively you can email us at one of the following:

timberframe-sales@merronbrook.co.uk
easijoist-sales@merronbrook.co.uk
truss-sales@merronbrook.co.uk

Why build with Timber Frame?

Timber frame construction offers a wide scope and flexibility of house design.

Frame erection can be done any time of the year and, apart from extreme conditions, is not affected by weather. In only a matter of days the building can be weather tight for other trades to work in a protected environment.

A timber frame house can be built in almost half the time of other construction methods. It’s largely for this reason that timber frame construction is becoming the preferred method for many contractors and developers .


Can I expect quality and accuracy from Merronbrook timber frames?

Of course. Our frames are precision engineered in a controlled factory environment and each part of the frame is carefully cut and assembled to exacting standards and plans.


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. Maintenance costs are no different to a masonry house and insurance companies commonly make no distinction for either type of home.


What is a Timber Frame House life expectancy?

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, timber frame house 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. Hardwoods taken from trees that take decades to grow to maturity are never used. Our timber source comes from Nordic or UK sustainable softwood forests and is either FSC or PEFC certified for peace of mind.


Can my builder collect my frames or will Merronbrook deliver them?

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


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.