Nobody wants the timber wall frames that form a key part of their property shifting once they’re meant to be securely fastened in place! Although there are a variety of factors that can contribute to wobbly timber framing, thankfully, there are also plenty of solutions to these issues. Here we take a look at several proven ways to minimise the risk that your timber wall frames will start to shift.
Use well-made, accurately measured frames
An accurately measured frame is critical to creating a solid, immovable structure for your home. One of the advantages of opting for prefabricated frames is that they’re pre-measured and manufactured to the exact dimensions that are needed. Because a prefabricated frame is solidly built when it reaches you, there’s no chance a piece will slip or shift during construction, which can be a common problem when a frame is built on site.
Accurate measurements ensure the various sections of your construction fit together snugly, exactly as needed. When even a millimetre or two may mean your construction is less than secure, exact measurements are vital to creating an immovable structure.
Use pre-treated timber
It goes without saying that timber is a porous material that will expand if it comes into contact with moisture. It will also rot if it gets wet and the timber isn’t treated. Pre-treated timber will not only withstand any contact with damp, but it’s also less likely to expand and contract significantly as the temperature (both interior and exterior) changes.
Erect adequate bracing
Once the frame is in place, suitable bracing needs to be added to keep it in position. Unless you have experience in carpentry and have the right equipment to hand to do this correctly, we recommend using professional installers.
Although there’s a cost outlay when you use professionals, it means that the job gets done quickly and correctly the first time around. As a professional installation team will bring their own plant with them, it also means you won’t need to be hiring or purchasing expensive specialist equipment to get the work completed successfully.
Ensure integrity of the floor surface
As the timber frame sits on the floor surface, it’s essential that it’s both level and solid. A floor that starts to sag or shift once the frame is sat on it will destabilise the frame. This can result in unwanted movement.
Consider insulation and moisture barrier effectiveness
Even treated timber is going to contract and expand to some extent due to changes in temperature. For this reason, consideration needs to be given to the right combination of insulation and moisture control.
Ultimately, a wall needs to be breathable enough that condensation doesn’t build up either in it or on the interior side. It also needs to be suitably insulated in order to keep as constant an internal temperature as possible.
The best way to keep wall frames from moving is to make sure that you’ve got well-made, durable frames that have been correctly installed on a firm base. If in doubt, Heyden Frame and Truss provide a complete solution to your timber frame construction and installation requirements in Sydney, Gosford, Central Coast, Newcastle and the surrounding area.
Contact us now for a fast quote on your timber framing and/or roof trusses.