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Outbuilding Construction Methods – Timber vs. Steel vs. Brick

There are three main construction methods used in the UK– steel, timber, and brick and block.

Timber Construction

Timber frame construction creates a wide range of design options. From a traditional brick-faced look to the wooden Scandinavian finish.

There are a number of reasons why you might like to use timber in your build.

Providing timber is sourced responsibly, each tree used will be replaced. The carbon footprint is further reduced by trees’ absorption of carbon during growth.

Rapidly adjustable room temperature is possible, suiting occupants who aren’t continuously present for long periods, allowing heating bills to reflect reduced energy use.

With treatment and ventilation, modern timber frames are rot, fire, and insect resistant.

Timber framing may seem more expensive, but this is offset by shorter construction periods.

Timber Construction

Brick and Block Construction

Brick and block, or modern masonry, is the most conventional building method in the UK.

It is no surprise that the brick and block method is so popular.

It has a traditional aesthetic and designs can be unique due to the wide variety of brick designs available.

This method offers lasting durability and insulating properties.

The longevity of brick and block buildings offsets the carbon footprint of manufacturing the materials.

Offers soundproofing, which is ideal for urban areas.

A large number of well-practised builders are experienced in brick and blockwork meaning that it should be fairly easy to get tradesmen.

Brick and Block Construction

Steel Frame Construction

Steel frame construction is great for unusual, artistic, or extreme proportioned designs. It’s uncommon in the UK and will likely require you to buy a kit on a supply and fit basis. this means your choice of design is limited to those offered by the manufacturer.

This type of construction is suitable for houses with open plan features as it is more flexible and easier to work with on unusual designs

It is quicker to work with, as steel frames are made to a precise design before construction.

Projects using steel are less likely to be affected by adverse weather conditions.

A less expensive option, depending on grade and corrosion resistance.

Lightweight yet durable and strong.

Steel Frame Construction

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