Timber Frame Home Insurance

Insuring a timber-framed property

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What is a timber frame?

The term ‘timber frame construction’ itself is open to differing interpretations and is dependent upon the time when it was built – most new-build properties tend to be constructed of brick over a wood frame with plasterboard inner walls and with a conventional tiled roof. In contrast, older timber frame properties may have had a timber frame that had various types of ‘infill’, such as render or wattle and daub.

Modern timber frame homes that are pre-fabricated off-site offer significant savings in both construction time and the cost of building a new home. With building regulations changing to accommodate these new types of property and their specific safety requirements, ‘timber frame kits’ are becoming increasingly and understandably popular. Many mainstream home insurance companies will these days accept that newly-built timber frame houses are of a sufficiently high standard that they may be prepared to offer you a buildings insurance quote at standard terms. This is fine, but you should not assume that this is the case, and in any event, if you are aware that your home has a timber frame construction, you need to inform your insurance company from the outset.

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Why use timber frame home insurance?

Timber frame homes come with many advantages, such as being more eco-friendly, cheaper to build, and often more affordable to heat. Despite this, most standard insurance companies view timber frame homes as a higher risk of a claim, generally because of the higher risk of fire spread, which can be costly.

Historically, timber frames have also been at a higher risk of rot, infestation and damp. However, building techniques and practices have evolved, making timber frame builds less vulnerable to these circumstances. Furthermore, evolution in building practices has also increased the speed of build and the durability of the houses.

Common claims for timber frame home insurance includes:

  • Fire risk: Despite fire-proofing regulations, timber is still a fast-burning material and a significant fire risk. Commonly, insurance providers require fire prevention measures before agreeing to insure the property, such as fire alarms and fire-retardant systems.
  • Flood risk: Timber framed homes are often more vulnerable to water damage than homes built with bricks. It is not uncommon to find getting flood insurance difficult, especially if your timber-framed home is in a high flood-risk area.
  • Timber decay: Timber retains moisture that leads to decay, often causing rot and beetle infestation.

Insuring a timber frame home with a thatched roof

Much like timber frames, thatched roofs are at a much higher risk of fire spread. If your timber frame home also has a thatched roof, please consider enquiring through our thatched roof insurance page.

What does timber frame home insurance cover?

Common types of cover included with timber frame home insurance include:

  • Buildings insurance: This covers damage to your timber frame home’s physical structure, its fixtures and often its fittings, commonly including roofs, chimneys, walls and windows.
  • Contents insurance: This covers your possessions, such as furniture, clothing and electricals. It is common for each item to have a maximum claimable value, typically £1,000. If you have any items worth more than £1,000, please discuss this with your timber frame home insurance provider.

How can we help?

Fortunately, QuoteRack works closely with insurance brokers who can offer you access to specialised schemes offered by niche insurance companies looking to provide timber frame home insurance.

Frequently asked questions

Do I legally need timber frame home insurance?

Like regular home insurance, timber frame home insurance is not legally required. However, due to your property’s risk of fire spread, repairs and claims can become costly without appropriate cover.

Is timber frame home insurance expensive?

Due to the heightened risk of fire spread with timber frame homes, insurance can be more expensive than a brick home. However, there are ways you can keep the cost of your insurance down, such as:

  • Ensure your property is maintained
  • Make sure gutters aren’t blocked or leaking
  • Ensure the home has good ventilation
  • Ensure working fire alarms are present

What if my timber frame home is a holiday home?

Timber frame homes are often used as UK holiday homes, such as log cabins. If your timber frame home is a holiday home, please enquire through our holiday home insurance page.

Enquire through us for timber frame home Insurance

If you have explored other avenues of enquiry in your search for timber frame home insurance, then you are welcome to submit your details through the QuoteRack website, without cost or obligation to proceed when you receive your insurance quote.

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