If we take into account a brick house with the same finished quality the alternative wood house will definitely be more competitive. The construction costs of a wood house regarding the speed of assembly or the ease of finishing are considerably lower with savings on the construction site. There is no waste of material as the wood kit encompasses all structural components of the house and other finishing itens. The customer will only be in charge of providing the brick/block foundation, the tiles, the floor, the electrical and hydraulic devices in addition to the paint and glass. Nevertheless, Vimaden provides a detailed and complete list of additional materials to facilitate the estimates and purchasing process. Eventually, the result will be a well planned, clean and quick construction that translates in additional economy with the purchase of the kit.
Is a wood house really cheaper than the brick house?
Does it take a long time to build a wood house?
Generally, for a house at about 130 m², it takes 90 days from the beginning of the foundation work until the house is ready. We estimate 20 days to prepare the base plus 30 days on the average to assemble the kit including the roof and installation of doors and windows. Finally, 45 days will be needed for the finishing step which is the placing the floor, installation of the hydraulic system, painting, glass, and performance of additional work (fences, gardens, sidewalks, etc.). Once the kit is assembled it is up to the customer to choose the timing (for performing other tasks) that best suits to his needs.
Is the wooden house safe?
The wood walls are as much resistant as any other materials. If your concern is regarding the breaking in of strangers, or burglars, it may be said that is just as difficult or easy as in any other kind of construction. The doors, windows and roof are the normal accesses used apart from the kind of construction be it made out of brick or wood. Therefore, it is always advisable to adopt commons safety measures in unsecured locations. Installation of window bars, alarm systems and a private guard service improve safety in any situation for any kind of construction.
Do I need skilled labor?
Except for the carpenter in charge of to assemble the kit, the laborers required to build a Vimaden house are those available in the market for any other kind of construction. Thus, the bricklayer needed to build the foundation and the roof finishing, the electrician, the plumber and the painter may be all contracted by the customer among trusted or recommended professionals in the region the construction is located. Vimaden is experienced in recommending skilled professional that will assemble the house. Nevertheless, these professionals will be paid directly by the customer. Vimaden assures the customer that the professionals recommended by the company will assemble the kit according to the project specifications.
Can I make my own project?
You certainly can. In addition to standard projects suggested by Vimaden designed to meet many needs, the customer may change standard projects to meet his specific needs and also bring his own ideas and/or designs. Any one or two story house is adaptable to the system of Vimaden. Generally, it takes small changes in the original idea or project designed by the customer. Vimaden will prepare an outline to be studied and will estimate the kit based on this outline with no obligation.
What are the innovations of Vimaden’s System?
The construction system using wood walls with horizontal tongue and groove fits is widely used in the market. Several companies have chosen this method with few variations.
Vimaden has professionals with more than 20-years of experience in the field. This experience is the base for constant improvement of the building system. Therefore, Vimaden includes in its technological package some elements that if are not unique can be defined as an over all unified system. These elements are as follows:
- Uniformity of the species used in the structure. The woods are used according to their technical or aesthetical suitability. They are not mixed within the same construction component, for instance, the sidewalls.
- The wall board’s tongue and groove joints are deeper then the average available in the market. Thus, assuring better sealing.
- The posts that are the vertical supports of the side walls measure 120X120 mm with channels 30 mm deep in order to ensure stronger connections.
- The pillars that support the balconies and the external water tanks are solid (140×140 mm gauge), improving the aesthetic aspect.
- The rafters are in fact small girders as they have a gauge of 40X120 mm that not only provides additional strength but assures higher air space between the ceiling board and the tile, in the benefit of the thermo comfort.
- More elaborated projects in terms of architecture that use glass trusses, multiple pitches and other aesthetical aspects make the house not only beautiful, elegant and comfortable, but cozy and ventilated as well.
What the guarantee term offered by Vimaden?
The guarantee is five years for any component of the kit. It also includes the quality of the assembly service.
How long does a wood house last?
Houses built out of the core of hardwoods such as those by Vimaden last as much or more than a brick house. They demand less maintenance. The only maintenance required is the painting or vanishing of worn areas. Nevertheless, it is necessary to check the conditions of tiles, gutters and end caps from time to time a common task in any kind of construction. Thus, with very little maintenance a hardwood house will last for generations, always preserving the comfort and beauty of prime wood.
What is a prime wood?
Prime woods are those soft or hardwoods with high natural durability, good in general appearance, with an agreeable smell or odorless and high stability . Softer prime woods are used to manufacture exquisite furniture and for sophisticated finishing. Some of them are even used for windows and doors. Nevertheless, prime hard woods have the qualities above mentioned and a high resistance level. They are used not only to construct houses but also for engineering jobs that demand their unprecedented qualities. Those that stand out in this class are: ipê, cumaru, angico, jatobá, itaúba, tatajuba, pau roxo, maçaranduba and sucupira. There is a third class known as average woods. They do not have the high structural qualities of hardwoods, but still provide a good aspect and excellent natural durability. Therefore they are recommended for the making of doors, windows and other uses in which the structural aspect is not essential. Some of the most common are cedroarana, garapeira, angelim pedra, louro, catuaba and muiracatiara.
Where do the woods to manufacture the kit come from?
The prime woods that form the Vimaden kit come from the states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso. Currently, IBAMA (the Brazilian environment agency) strictly controls the law that requires every company in the hardwood production market to have a reforestation project. This is essential to guarantee the perpetuity of the sources of raw material whether by replacing or by inducing natural recovery of the exploited areas. It is performed by means of constantly developing reforestation techniques. All timber transported in Brazil must have a delivery permit who proves its origin and adherence to federal laws. Moreover, Vimaden demands from its suppliers an efective engagement with the rules issued by IBAMA, bearing in mind the correct use of renewable natural resources.
Can a wood house be infested by termites?
It depends on the kind of wood. Softwoods with low-density level are likely to be infested by termites and borers. Generally this softer wood is used more to manufacture pressed board and furniture, forms for concrete, scaffoldings, wood boxes etc. Termites do not attack the core of hardwoods with a high-density level such as tatajuba, itaúba, maçaranduba, jatobá, roxinho, ipê, cumaru, sucupira and other woods with similar properties. Vimaden homes are manufactured only with the core of prime hardwoods mainly tatajuba, roxinho and jatobá, which are used in the structural pieces of the house. On the other hand due to their characteristics the windows, the doors, and the ceiling board are manufactured with the core of species with average density level, but are proven resistant and durable.
Does the wood decompose with the effect of moisture?
What may cause decomposition of some kinds of woods under favorable conditions is fungus attack that acts in the presence of constant moisture and in contact with air. Some species have higher susceptibility to fungus attack; others are extremely resistant to these agents even under the most unfavorable conditions. Thus, species as tatajuba, itaúba, jatobá, maçaranduba, roxinho, cumaru, ipê, etc, are among the most resistant. Moreover, the reproduction of ideal conditions for fungus attack in a house is practically impossible even in wet areas as bathrooms and the kitchen.
Can a wooden house catch fire?
Contrary to most people’s thinking it is as hard for a wood house to catch fire as it is with any other house. Especially in the case of woods with high-density levels as those used by Vimaden. These kind of woods have a slow burning rate. The high temperatures necessary to spread fire are not easily reached making it easier to control and isolate fire.
And what about thermo comfort of the house?
Have you observed that the decks of swimming pools are made of wood? This is due to the low thermo conduction of this fantastic material. The sensation of discomfort because of temperature variation is less than that felt in contact with stone, cement , metals, etc. Therefore, as it is not a good conductor of heat the wood has properties of high thermo comfort. It does not quickly transmit variations of external temperature to the internal part of the house.
When it rains will water leak into the house?
The likelihood of leakage occurring in a wood house is the same as a brick house. It does not depend on the construction material used, but on the correct inclination of the roof and the use of good quality tiles. Moreover, it depends on the correct use of gutters and end caps in the recommended places. The use of waterproof sheathing is also advisable for any kind of construction.
What if any wood piece warps ?
Actually, warping can occur regardless of the quality or the kind of wood. Factors such as fiber design, moisture level, level of pressure applied etc. can all contribute to warping. Normally this problem occurs only during the drying process of the wood, which is while it does not reach the same moisture level as the environment. Thus, as the components of the house are assembled with the moisture level above the balance point a natural drying process will occur during and after the construction of the house. It is exactly during this time period (generally from six months to a year) that the problem may take place. In most cases there is no need for any correction as they are not evident problems and will not bring about any functional or esthetical problem. On the rare occasions when the distortion affects the esthetical appearance or hinders operation Vimaden replaces the component with no additional charge to the customer. Skilled professionals easily and quickly perform the eventual replacing of any pieces. This due to the ease of this construction system. The assembly system of the house itself with the joining of all components hinders or makes it extremely difficult for any pieces to fit in a distorted or warped fashion.
Is it possible to move the house to another site?
Yes, it is perfectly possible. If the customer decides to disassemble the kit and assemble it in another place he only has to contact Vimaden that will recommend a skilled carpenter to perform this task. This construction system uses nails and screws only in the roof and in the ceiling board therefore the materials are almost totally reusable. Nevertheless, some losses may occur with nailed items such as the ceiling board, molding and finishing details (quarter round, ceiling edge trim), although a major part of this material may be recovered.
Should I paint or varnish the house?
It depends on the customer. The wood accepts any kind of finish be it varnish or paint. The varnish is transparent, therefore is preserves the wood’s natural appearance. In this case it is convenient to use flat finish varnish which highlights the aspect of the material. Nevertheless, external areas require a varnish with sunscreen of the best quality possible, as varnishes are known for their low durability under weather exposure. Depending on the quality of the varnish used it may be necessary to reapply the varnish over the external area every 2 to 3 years. On the other hand, the paint be it oil or synthetic enamel last longer on external walls. The synthetic enamel provides a more delicate finish. Many customers like to paint the entire house varnishing only one or two internal walls. The advantage of painting is that it requires less maintenance. In addition to the above-mentioned materials we have another one that has the advantages of both products: stain. While it is expensive it is a long lasting , water resistant material that preserves the wood and it may be colorless or can be found in several different colors.
Does sound pass through the walls?
The acoustic of the environment is affected by the distribution of furniture and several objects in the interior design. Moreover, the thickness of the walls of solid wood (45 mm) provides a good performance regarding this aspect.
How are the electrical and hydraulic systems installed?
The electrical and hydraulic installations are very simply performed, as it is not necessary to break any walls to install conduits and pipes as commonly occurs in brick construction. All installations are performed passing through the ceiling board (electrical) and over the walls near the columns . In this case they are covered by special molding that preserves the esthetics and hide all wires completely. The water and sewage pipes are mostly located under the floor. This drawing of the circuits allows quick and easy access for maintenance and remodeling.
Is it easy to reduce or to add rooms in the house after I build it?
The construction system used by Vimaden makes it quite a simple task to perform changes be it adding walls or eliminating them. Of course this kind of job demands skilled professionals recommended by the company.
Why should I build a wooden house?
Some advantages that favors the wooden houses of Vimaden standards:
- Lower cost
- Quickly built
- Well planned construction without wasting materials
- Practical finishing
- Maintenance and remodeling easily performed
- Capacity of disassembly and move to another site with few loss of material
- Last for generations
- Low maintenance cost
- Thermo comfort
- Beauty and prime material