Builder in Oxshott and Virginia Water | Brickwork or Timber Frames?

Planning on building a new home? Our local builders offer a new build service for clients across Oxshott, Virginia Water and the surrounding areas, and we often have customers asking us whether brick builds or timber frames are the best choice for their new home. As one of the leading domestic builders in Surrey, our experience allows us to weigh up the pros and cons of each building technique, which is exactly what we will be doing on this page.

Never taking shortcuts and always ensuring a consistently high standard of workmanship, you can count on us to deliver an impressive final product. We will renovate your period property, construct a brand new build and much more, so get in touch with a member of our team to find out more about our building services.

The three criteria we will be focusing on on this page are:

Speed of Construction

This is a crucial difference between the two building styles. Bricks and blocks have to be individually laid, one on top of the other, by skilled bricklayers. The collective effect is a sturdy wall that provides a solid wall that lasts for centuries. However, this process is naturally slow and meticulous. 

A timber-framed building tends to be a lot faster to erect. This is because the frame can be lowered using a crane, meaning that the roof and other key components are much quicker to get in place. The trusses can also be prefabricated and transported en masse, greatly expediting the construction process.

Fire Safety

After the Great Fire of London in 1666, new guidelines were introduced to avoid a repeat of the disaster. Chief among them were restrictions on building new properties with wooden frames. This goes to show the real risk of fire damage to homes that rely on timber for their basic structure. Although fire safety has greatly improved since the seventeenth century, it is still worth bearing in mind the reduced risk that comes with a brick structure. 

With GLR, you can expect:

Durability and Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, wooden frames will need a higher level of care when compared to brick structures. This is due to timber’s vulnerability to moisture and pests such as woodworms. It needs to be periodically sealed and checked for rot, as neglecting to maintain the wood can seriously impact the structural integrity of your home.

Call us today to find out more about our services in Oxshott, Virginia Water and the surrounding areas. Our builders are more than happy to help with your next project.

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