Choosing Your Building’s Structure

If you are looking to make any changes to your home in the next few months, or you’d like to build an extension once Christmas is over, one thing that you will have thought about is what material is the best one to use for the building work. There are two main options to choose from: timber or steel, each have their merits, and we are going to look at how they compare today.


A timber frame is put up in much the same manner as a steel one, so on the surface of things there shouldn’t be much difference in the time it takes. If you use a professional service such as Armstrong Steel corp, it will always be quicker than doing it yourself: bit let’s see how they stack up. Steel frames will generally take longer to put up purely because there are more processes and tools involved in putting it together, which also means that the average DIYer may struggle to do this themselves.

Environmental Impact

Of course, in this day and age a huge factor when choosing any material you use for building the home is the impact it will have on the environment.

If you decide to use steel, it can cut back on the impact that deforestation has on the world. Steel also produces less waste than timber, because with timber being a natural product- there is never a guarantee that every tree chopped down will be perfect. Any chips or imperfections in wood means they can’t be used due to reduced structural integrity. The drawback with steel is that it takes a lot of energy to make, meaning that the carbon footprint involved in producing it is significantly higher than that of wood.


The cost of timber largely depends on the type of wood you go for, the size of the pieces and which contractor you use. However, in general, timber is more affordable than steel, and this probably boils down to the production cost with making steel in the first place, plus the hours it will take to construct the frame.

Safety and Security

Timber is slightly weaker than steel, and this is because it is susceptible to being burrowed in by termites as well as other small insects. It is also more vulnerable when it comes to water. Wood is porous, meaning that if it comes into contact with water, it will soak it up. You can however treat the wood to make it waterproof to avoid this issue.

Steel is incredibly durable and strong. It will not suffer from the damp, and will protect your home from any water and small insects who try to make a home. However, bear in mind that if you live near the sea, steel can rust if in contact with salt.

In the end, the choice of which material to use will be down to your personal preference the budget you have for the project, and the job you want the frame to perform. But with this extra insight you’ll be able to make a much more informed decision.


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