When you’re building a home, decisions on structural material are critical to ensure you set a solid foundation for the remainder of the home? In the past years, this decision was made by the builder on site and structures were built from scratch. The type of timber used for the wall frames were made primarily by the builder. However, today, more than the previous years, homeowners are becoming more interested in how the materials in their residential building are sourced and how sustainable are they.
Timber wall frames are framed and braced structures that are used in both residential and detached buildings. This lightweight timber construction has become favoured by builders and homeowners alike, because of their offered flexibility and a great range of design options.
Newcastle Frame and Truss is a well-known fabricator of timber wall frames in NSW. We design, manufacture and fix your needed wall frame for any residential project that you may currently be planning or about to commence.
Our most commonly used framing material is timber, particularly the Australian structural plantation pine. We chose pine timber because we know that it will add to the practicality, environmental performance, and appeal of your home. This type of timber can also keep the costs down. Light framed construction is also applied in making floors and roof trusses. The method of building these structures off site and having them delivered to the job site for installation has become commonplace across Australia. The number one reason is because it promotes a quicker construction, which reduces product waste on site.
We get our timber from fir, pine and cedar. These are softwood trees and they are machine-planed and sawn to standard dimensions, which can be 2 x 4”, 2 x 6”, 2 x 8” and so on. Typically, timber wall frames are 90mm or 70mm deep, with 35mm or 45mm stud thickness, but of course it depends on the load and spacing. The top and bottom plates are in most cases 90mm x 45mm and the thickness can be doubled, according to the floor members’ loads and spacing. The insulation is between the studs, plates and noggings or spacers.
Timber used as a framing material offers some advantages in that it’s embodied energy is low, it is a renewable-resource, has the capability of storing carbon and it does not transform too much, during process. Best of all they are manufactured right here in Australia.
When we fabricate a lightweight timber wall frame, we make sure that it can adapt to the climate, design and also to the architectural expression. Our timber materials are sustainably sourced; therefore, these are a renewable building material and so produces far less pollutants. In terms of resistance to fire, we maintain that timber has its structural integrity that lasts longer than steel. Steel can rapidly lose its strength, when exposed to heat. This is the reason timber is chosen for the exterior of the houses, located in bush fire prone areas.
Contact us for a fast quote or if you want to speak to one of our highly qualified and professional designers. We are confident we can help you with what you need, as we are using the latest design software and state of the art equipment. Call us on 0437 437 231 or visit us at www.newcastleframentruss.com.au.
We service the regions of, Wyong, Newcastle, Bar Beach, Beresfield, Northern Sydney, Birmingham Gardens, Adamson Heights, Black Hill, Broadmeadow, Callaghan, Hunter Region and surrounding areas.