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house framingIf you’re building a custom home, you probably want to know what the building process entails and what your options are. During any custom home building project, the house framing process is one of the most important parts. Here are some of the most popular house framing materials and a little bit more about them:

  • Traditional stick-framing. This is the most common method used for house framing. When this method is used, the frame of the home is constructed using individual pieces of wood or “sticks” with lumber cut into varying sizes. Because this is the most widely used house framing option, materials are readily available and affordable.
  • Light-gauge steel. This method is the same as stick-framing, except with steel. The benefits to using steel is that it won’t burn, rot, shrink, or become infested with termites. The only downside is that it requires more of an investment to build with and most electricians and plumbers are not as familiar with it when compared to stick-framing.
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIP). When this house framing method is used, a layer of insulation is placed between two strand boards. This method is often used in conjunction with stick-framing. One of the main benefits of this type of house framing is that thanks to the extra insulation, it contributes to the structure’s energy efficiency.

If you’d like to know more about house framing, what kinds of materials are used, and what happens during the process, get in touch with us at Redwood Homes Inc. We’re always more than happy to answer your questions.