Framing, also known as rough carpentry, is what construction companies use to give a building structure support and shape. It consists of fitting together pieces of materials, such as wood, brick, concrete, and steel. Wood is the material most often used to frame houses. Rough framing is used for new home construction, as well as for building room additions.
The structure of a house is found in the framework, which reveals a first glimpse of the structure’s final form. It needs to be strong enough to carry the weight of everything attached to it. It’s the most important factor in constructing a building that is durable and sound.
How Rough Framing Works
Construction framers, which are rough framing carpenters, will cut the lumber for the walls and subfloors, based on the architectural design. They will measure the door spaces and windows for the purpose of attaching studs and joists, then trusses for the roof.
Importance of Quality Materials and Workmanship
As with any construction, proper installation practices are critical for durability. There are some areas where you can economize by opting for less expensive materials and features. Framing is absolutely NOT one of those areas.
Because the entire structure depends on the framework, skimping on materials or skipping important steps is not advisable. It can negatively impact the strength of the structure and result in difficulty in attaching trim and other features.
Local building codes protect homeowners from shoddy workmanship. They enforce sound building practices to ensure homes are framed properly and are built with integrity.
There are two basic methods used in framing homes. Each has its pros and cons.
- Platform. This method has been the most common framing practice in recent years. The walls on each floor are independently constructed, which makes them more stable. Platform framing uses shorter pieces of lumber and allows the carpenters to work on a solid floor surface. The hollow spaces at each level pose less of a fire hazard.
- Balloon. This type of framing is characterized by studs that go from the foundation to the roof. The length of lumber required increases costs and increases fire risks. Because of these negative factors, balloon framing has become fairly unpopular.
Choose a Local Construction Company for Your Framing
BuildRT is a full-service construction company for residential and commercial buildings. We believe if you can dream it we can build it!
Some structures we’ve built include screen rooms, outdoor kitchens, new homes, home additions, underdecking, patio enclosures, and more.
Most new construction requires local building permits. We take care of that for you! We are familiar with the regulations and procedures necessary to get the necessary permits, so you don’t have to worry about that aspect.
With over 100 years combined experience, our construction crews have the expertise to get the job done right and on time. We serve customers in the St. Charles and St. Louis counties and cities.
When you’re ready to start building and want the best construction company in the area, give BuildRT a call.