Framing is the process of constructing a support system for your home’s interior and is one of the most important components of a construction project. Improper framing can be detrimental because it is essentially what keeps your home together and sturdy. If you are looking to add on to your home or are building an entirely new one, here are the different types of home framing methods.
This is one of the classic home framing methods that was more popular in the early 1900’s, but is still used today. The balloon method uses long wooden wall studs that extend through the entire height of a home. It is required that fire-stopping material is installed when using this method to ensure that fire doesn’t travel between floors in the home. It began to lose its popularity over time because the long wooden pieces became more scarce and harder to find. The balloon method is sometimes combined with a platform-framed house to better support stairwells.
Platform framing is currently the most common out of all of the home framing methods. Rather than using long, continuous pieces of wood, several smaller pieces are used. These sheets of plywood are used to create a layer over the wall area and then they are extended to the floor. Load-bearing walls (the ones that hold the majority of the weight) are supported by beams or your home’s foundation.
Post and Beam
Commonly referred to as timber framing, this is the oldest of the home framing methods, originating back in the 1600’s. Construction workers use hand cut wood pieces that are positioned vertically. These pieces are then connected with joints and pegs to keep them together. With post and beam framing, the frames typically are exposed, which adds a nice architectural element to the home. Typically, rooms with this type of framing have open floor plans.
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