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Benefits of Timber Frame Manufacture - Questions answered
"It’s more difficult to get a mortgage"
None of the major lending institutions differentiate between modern timber frame construction and brick and block.
"Timber frame homes have a short lifespan"
In order to obtain a mortgage, the house has to have a minimum lifespan of 60 years, which timber frame provides.
"Won’t a timber frame house rot?"
In order for timber to rot it has to have a moisture content in excess of 20% for a prolonged period, but with modern building methods, Building Regulations and a reasonable degree of property maintenance this should never be an issue.
"Is a timber frame house a fire risk?"
As with all construction types, Building Regs have to be fully complied with, which includes fire protection to the structural timber frame. The architect/designer will specify materials that reduce the potential for fire ignition, limit the spread of fire and stop the passage of hot gasses and smoke.
"Do chartered surveyors put a lower valuation on timber frame houses?"
RICS does not apply a reduced valuation to a timber frame house; indeed there is a school of thought that because of their energy efficiency they should attract a premium.