Did you know that there are many options for house framing other than wood? Wood is still the most preferred choice for framing a home, but there are other options available for example a steel structural support frame. These include the possibility of big energy savings and ease and speedy installation. In some cases, even low-cost materials.
You should check the building codes in your area to determine what is allowed and what would be best for your climate before you make a decision. Is there anyone in the area who can help you choose the right materials? This is also vital.
These are just a few of the options available to you:
- Wood Framing is the most well-known and popular option.
- SIPS – structural insulated panels
- ICF – Insulated Concrete Forms
- Steel Framing
- There are many other framing styles (strawbale and cobb, rammed earth, and adobe).
- Hybrid (combination of more than one of the above)
Which house framing option is best?
Wood framing has become a very popular job, so there are many skilled workers. Materials are easy to find, so blueprints often include a wood frame. Wood is susceptible to termite damage, so it is important to prevent them. Wood can also become moist if it isn't treated.
Steel framing has a lighter weight, won't warp, and is resistant to termites. SIPS (Structural Insulated panels) is a new trend in energy efficiency. Foam core boards are easy to erect and save time. Although SIPS are more expensive than wood, termites can still cause problems if they are not treated properly.
Natural building materials are a good option, as they offer increased thermal protection and are generally non-toxic. These are not common in developed areas and may be prohibited by local building codes. A combination of steel and wood would be the most popular. The pros and cons of each system will depend on how they are connected and why.