The growing demand for affordable residential housing has tipped in favour of timber framing contractors. For a timber framing contractor, the increased demand represents favourable business prospects that can be tapped to expand the customer base. However, since trends in the timber framing sector ebb and flow, it is essential to know what's old and what's trending. This article provides insights on some of the current trends in timber frames and trusses.
Wooden Forever Homes -- A few years ago, homeowners approached timber builders with the intention of building a timber-framed house to serve as a vacation home. However, the trend has been changing over the last couple of years, and timber homes are becoming permanent residential sanctuaries. The trend has been fueled by the increasing number of baby boomers who are retiring from the workforce and who need a permanent, but affordable home. Retirees that already own a vacation log home are also remodelling to create more open space and other improvements.
Exposed Beams and Columns -- Home buyers and builders alike are opting for timber that is both aesthetically appealing and structurally stable. Glulam is an excellent example of such wood. For instance, when compared to steel for structural strength pound for pound, glulam comes out on top. As such, the type of wood can be used for both vertical (columns) and horizontal (beams) applications. Notably, structural strength is not the only reason why homeowners are going after glulam for trusses and wall framing. Glulam is aesthetically appealing as well—it gives homeowners the freedom to leave the beams and columns exposed, thereby enhancing a home's interior aesthetic look. Ultimately, the visible beauty and hidden strength are what make timber like glulam the go-to wall and truss framing choice for homeowners.
Dowel-Laminated Timber (DLT) -- Although common in other areas around the globe, dowel-laminated timber is only beginning to gain popularity in Australia. One of the main reasons for the growing demand is DLT's all-wood composition, which means that it doesn't require nails, glue or screws to put it together. Considered a next-generation mass timber product, DLT allows for considerable architectural flexibility. The absence of screws or nails also makes the type of wood easier to mill, which maximises its use. Therefore, very little wood goes to waste when using dowel-laminated timber. Additionally, since there are no protruding nails and screws, DLT is aesthetically appealing and safer to handle.
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