Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Houses

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.

Author Bio:

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.

Erin Emanuel


  1. Timber frame houses take much less time to build. This is because they require fewer wooden pieces to build the house frame. This means your frame can be built very quickly. For larger homes the time taken is usually between 4 to 8 days.

  2. how much will it cost to build a 5 bedroom bungalow with wood

  3. We have been talking about remodeling our home for a very long time. It was cool to learn that timber wall frames have better insulating properties than brick-built homes. I can imagine how helpful a timber home can be when it comes to cutting down on energy and heating costs.

  4. A friend of mine is thinking about building his own custom home, and they weren’t sure what material to use for the frame. It’s interesting that timber is actually a better insulator than brick! I’m sure he would like to save a little in the energy of the house.

  5. I had no idea that timber was an excellent insulator. My father has been wanting to build a cabin on a plot of land he recently bought. It might be a good idea for him to use timber to build it.

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