Wooden panel houses – popular in all of the world
The process of building of wooden panel houses, modular houses, prefabricated houses in Latvia is nowadays reality and it proves an obscure increasing of the number of houses. The tendency such like this has been observed in all of the world. Financially secured persons also choose to build wooden house instead of masonry of brick house. The tendency such like this has been observed both in countries, where the process of building of wooden houses is traditional (North America – USA and Canada, Scandinavia, Russia) and in countries, where typical are brick and stone (forged stone) buildings (Germany, also Scandinavia etc.). Mostly this is connected with economical reasons, but it is important, that wooden houses has big advantages. Of course, there are also disadvantages, but, if properly constructing them, it is possible to eliminate them. When planning and choosing your private house, it is worthy to examine pluses and minuses of the wooden house for guaranteed safe and comfortable living in the living space.
Wooden panel houses – which are the pluses?
The weight of the wooden
house usually is three times less than the same size brick or stone (wrought stone). Building of wooden house will save your money, this is considerable also in places, where the soil is enough soft, where it is impossible to do, when building houses from the stone.
The air circulation in the wooden houses usually is better (the wood is breathing), it is possible to sleep better in houses such like this, which is not applicable to brick or concrete houses, and in long term it influences people’s health.
The wood has great thermal insulation properties because of the low permeability of the heath. The building, which is built from the 20 cm diameter beam, has better isolation than buildings, which are built from bricks and which walls are 32 cm thick in average, plaster coated with 1,5 cm from the both sides. While using the wooden house, it will spend less money for the heating. It means, than, living it wooden houses, you save your money also on heating.
From the material point of view, costs of the wooden house for it’s owner are lower because of unnecessity of decorative process of walls, relative brick material, costs, transporting and mounting. Wooden walls are looking esthetically more likely both from the inside and outside of the house.
Another plus of the wooden house – quick mounting and dismounting. If it is necessary, wooden panel house is possible to can be disassembled, transported and assembled in a new place.
The haters of wooden houses – fire and rot
It has to be admitted, that wooden houses has disadvantages, which can be resolved thanks to modern technologies.
Unprocessed wood is influenced by insects and rot, that’s why, to secure the wood from peasants and wood rot, wooden impregnation is carried out using modern technologies. In this case it is important to use high quality raw materials and processing aids for perfect result to be guaranteed.
The wooden house, as all the kinds of houses, has a risk of fire, that’s why it is important to make a useful and protected fire safety system. It starts already from the separate process in the factory. Despite that bricks are used for the chimneys’ building, this is not the creator of that bricks are durable to fire. If, after the fire, wooden house has only it basics, then brick houses has also walls and floors. But to live in house, which was already burnt, is dangerous because of the loss of the protect of bricks. That’s why all the floors and walls has to be demolated.
Quick look into a usual construction and wooden construction houses for comparison in case of fire:
Al lin all, it has to be said that the main factor of choosing between wooden panel house and brick or block house is esthetical preferance. If each material is processed well enough, it is possible to get similar result. The main impullse is a wish of the client and tendencies for the concrete material.