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Enclosing & Supporting Your Timber Frame

Bloomington, Illinois Roof SIPS PanelsThere are dozens of ways to enclose a timber frame home. Energy efficiency, choice of interior and exterior finish materials, longevity of the structure and its component’s, budget, timeline, aesthetics and sustainability are all key factors in the minds of our clients. Once a frame is erected it’s important to “dry it in”, or enclose the structure and protect it from the weather. A timber frame building from Trillium Dell has been custom designed, hand cut in our shop and can be erected on your site in a weeks’ time by our experienced crew. The next step, the enclosure system, needs to be planned and executed just as well.

Timber frames homes are virtually waste free on the job site. All of the byproducts of the building process are burned at our shop to make heat and energy for our facility. Your enclosure system can be as quick on site and as waste free. Many of our clients choose SIP (structural insulated panels) panels for their energy efficiency, speed of installation, and overall project cost savings. Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) allow our crew of installers to enclose your home in as little as a week, ensuring that your frame and deck is exposed to the weather for a as limited a time as possible, and allowing other trades to begin work immediately. SIPS are applied to the exterior of the frame with large structural screws. Timber frames installed with SIP panels are tight and have impressive engineering values as the SIP panel acts as a shear wall in both horizontal and vertical applications.

Those timber frame homes that we do not enclose with SIPS, or perhaps only partially enclose with SIPS, are closed up by using various built-up systems. Built up systems are essentially “stick-built” wall and roof systems. Built up walls and roofs are fabricated on site and using dimensional lumber from your local lumber yard or home center. Built-up systems typically take longer to install, have slightly higher energy costs than SIPS, but are slightly cheaper and often are the right answer for various areas of the exterior envelope in a project. More often than not we often utilize both stick built walls and SIP panels in our projects. To clarify, most built up systems are applied to the exterior of the frame, and are spaced out from the frame to allow interior finishes to be applied with minimal labor and cost.

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