This is one of the most exciting moments in the project, as the frames go up quickly and it looks like everything is happening. Bear in mind, however, that while work continues, not much seems to change rapidly from here.
Your big decision on framing is whether to use timber or steel, and there’s some debate on which material is better. Here are some of the key points.
■ is a renewable natural resource
■ is familiar to most builders in New Zealand
■ is long-lasting, if properly treated
■ can emit chemicals such as volatile organic compounds
■ can move, resulting in stresses and cracks.
■ can rot when penetrated by water.
■ does not emit chemicals, and has endorsements from the Asthma Foundation
■ costs roughly the same as timber to install
■ will, if correctly erected, not move at all
■ will not rot should your home leak.
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