Timber has been around longer than we have, and since the prehistoric man first stepped foot out of his cave, it became the widest spread material for building shelters. It didn’t take long for our ancestors to understand how useful wood is. This amazing material is not only very resistant, but it is also easy to maneuver, a good insulator and found in abundance. Over the years, different civilizations became interested in the visual appeal of a home, and due to its pleasant texture, wood became even more popular.
Many people believe that, at present, wood has become a thing of the past, but they are wrong. Thanks to the technological advances and incredible new building techniques, wood is still one of the best, if not the best choice for home building, and if this isn’t reason enough to consider this material for your home, here are few pros and cons:
– Timber is an excellent insulator: Brick-built houses are also known to have outstanding insulating properties, but wood manages to surpass them
– Timber is an elastic material: As opposed to brick or concrete walls, timber walls don’t have to be very thick. A 20m wall for example, is strong enough to protect against the winter cold, if given proper treatment.
– Timber houses are more attractive: Timber house look a thousand times better and they don’t need special decorative finishes.
– Vulnerable to pest attacks: Timber is vulnerable to biotic forces like termites, woodworm or wood ants.
– Prone to abiotic forces: Abiotic forces of nature like Sun, Fire, water etc. can have adverse effect on Timber.
– Shrinking and swelling of wood: Wood has a natural ability to absorb water which is also known as Hygroscopy.
I care about nature, and so should you. If you are not the kind of person that stops the water when he brushes his teeth, or turns out all the lights before leaving home. Some might say that it is not OK to chop down hundreds of acres of forest, and while I agree, I want to add that wood is one not-very-many natural resources in the world which can regenerate itself. In other words, as long as you don’t cut down an entire forest in order to build your new home, things will be OK.
Ever since he can remember, John Dalley has been passionate about wood. That’s primarily the reason he started his very own small bespoke furniture company, whose blog he also updates whenever he gets the chance. Nowadays, he encourages all those who live in wooden homes to think of the termite inspection cost as an investment into their future.