Next to the use of caves, wood is probably the oldest material used by man both for shelter and survival. Sticks of wood were probably first used as a means of protection, support or for hunting. Till eventually someone figured out that it was also a fuel. Man later learned to shape and combine wood to form larger and larger objects. Home construction followed.
ADVANTAGES OF WOOD IN CONSTRUCTION:
Wood has several advantages which makes it perfect for home building:
- It is renewable. Believe it or not, it is possible to maintain renewable sources of wood. Wood is also recyclable and, in many modern cases, it can also be re-engineered into stronger products
- It is easy to manipulate. Wood is a lightweight building material. It is easy to form and build with because of this and once a general frame has been constructed, the assembly of a home easily follows.
- Insulation: Believe it or not, wood does not conduct heat easily – unlike say concrete (Try touching a summer sun-baked wall in the afternoon and you’ll know what we mean.
- It is better for you. One of the problems with modern construction is the inclusion of so many chemicals into your home. Wood allows for fewer chemicals to escape into the environment than any other material.
DIS-ADVANTAGES OF WOOD IN CONSTRUCTION:
Sadly wood also has several draw-backs:
- It burns. Nuff said? Home design must ensure that exposed wood is also not exposed to extreme heat sources or potential fire such as exposed wires. Wood can be treated with fire retardants, but remember, fire retardants slow down – and in some cases, will stop – the burning of wood, but given enough heat, the wood will eventually burn.
- Wood Rots: Again, prior to construction, wood must be properly protected against the elements. Remember that it is an organic substance and all organic material decays. Water can also be just as damaging as fire, so don’t scrimp on the wood treatments.
- Weight limits: There’s only so much that wood can support. If you’re looking to build big, then you have to start incorporating steel and concrete into your structure.
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Watch the following video to learn more about the tenant carrying wood in MC Home Depot: