Common questions and answers

Will our customers have mortgage problems?

No. Director of Corporate Relations at Northern Rock plc said: “As a lender, we do not differentiate between Timber Frame and any other standard form of modern property construction.”

Are Timber Frame houses quiet?

Yes. They conform to, or exceed, current Building Regulations. BRE stated: “If all dwellings had sound insulation as good as that measured in party walls of Timber Frame dwellings, the problems of noise from neighbours would be greatly reduced.”

Are guarantees or insurance a problem?

No. Timber Frame construction is recognized by the NHBC. The Association of British Insurers says: “Insurance companies generally draw no distinction between modern Timber Frame and brick and block construction, provided the external roof covering is also of tiles, natural or mineral slates or concrete.”

Is fire an issue?

No. Timber Frame meets all current binding regulations. Furthermore, independent tests have shown timber outperforms other structural materials like steel or concrete in fire; instead of a tendency to buckle and collapse, timber chars predictably, allowing a slow and controlled loss of structural integrity.

How will it affect my overheads?

Buying the whole superstructure in one package means a vast reduction of time and effort in your purchasing department, while your accounts department has only to deal with a single invoice for the Timber Frame package instead of a multitude of accounts to cover the masonry equivalent.