Despite the very large choice of materials available in today’s construction market, wood still remains a very advantageous choice. There are indeed many good reasons to favor this natural resource, which has been used in construction since the dawn of mankind. Here are a few of them.
1- A Green Alternative
Compared to steel or concrete, less energy is used throughout the course of timber production.
In addition, the environmental impact of wood is considerably less important. According to a CORRIM study (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials), the use of steel or concrete in the construction of residential buildings releases respectively 26% and 31% more greenhouse gases than wood.
2- A Healthy Living Environment
Wood is a breathing material that contributes to the health of home dwellers by efficiently regulating heat and humidity. The choice of wood also reduces the use of industrial materials that release VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can potentially have allergenic or even carcinogenic effects.
3- A Material of Timeless Beauty
Timber never goes out of fashion. Other materials, such as Melamine, are popular for a while but eventually, go out of style. Wood, on the opposite, is a safe bet that transcends trends and time. It also allows for greater architectural flexibility as it can be integrated into all types of structures. Whether the house is located in town or in the country or whether the style of the building is traditional or modern, wood is sure to blend in perfectly.
4- A Source of Well-being and Comfort
This is a material that recreates a natural environment indoors. It contributes to a soothing atmosphere and a sense of well-being. By offering a good regulation of heat and humidity, wooden houses also offer an added feeling of comfort.
5- A Wear Resistant Material
Wood is a stable and solid material. Timber houses do not necessarily last less than those built of brick or concrete. There are many examples of wooden buildings that have stood throughout the centuries. This material can defy time as long as the house is built accordingly, well maintained and protected against moisture and wood-destroying pests (carpenter ants, termites, etc.).
6-A Higher Speed of Execution
The choice of wood can reduce construction deadlines by 6 to 8 weeks. It is lighter than other materials and therefore easier to handle. For the same reason, timber does not require the use of heavy construction equipment, such as extra-large and powerful wheeled loaders or excavators. This choice also simplifies the foundation construction process. Finally, wood components can be prepared in workshops and then assembled on site, yet another way to save time.
7-A Low Maintenance Construction Material
A wooden house must be well maintained to challenge the test of time, but it does not necessarily involve a lot of work. A strong protective coating is required but nowadays, paints or varnishes are increasingly powerful and resistant. As for the supporting timber structure of a house, it does not require any particular maintenance.
8- A Good Thermal Insulator
A building with an efficient airflow system will benefit from the optimal thermal qualities of wood. Timber offers a very high thermal performance which is 6 times better than brick and 15 times better than concrete, for an equal thickness of walls.
9- A Good Resistance to Fire
While it is a combustible material, it still offers longer fire resistance than other materials. It burns at a rate of about 4.2 cm/hour and has a proven safety and performance record. Supporting timber structures can withstand fire for quite a long time, delaying the collapse of the building and allowing time to evacuate the area. In addition, wood releases few toxic gases when burning – unlike other materials – and statistically, wooden houses are not more likely to catch on fire.
10-A Cost-effective Solution
By facilitating and speeding up the construction process, timber substantially reduces costs. In addition, it is possible to use salvaged timber and owners of large wooded parks can use some of their own trees to build their house.
As an excellent insulator, wood is an energy-efficient material that enables households to save up to 30% on heating bills, compared to equivalent structures made of concrete. Finally, with its natural and timeless beauty, wood offers a strong added value to any home.