Balloon framing is a type of framing that is used in home construction. It was primarily used until the middle of the 1950s, in which time other forms of framing became more popular. The primary characteristic of balloon framing is that the studs run all the way from the sill plate up to the top plate with any intermediate floor structures nailed to the studs. Balloon framing has become largely replaced by what is known as platform framing, primarily because longer lumber is not as plentiful now as it once was. The origins of balloon framing can be found in Scandinavia, Canada, and it is believed that balloon framing was brought to the United States in 1832 when warehouses were built using this framing style.
Balloon framing is also known as Chicago framing or Chicago construction because Chicago, Illinois is where the oldest known examples of this framing can be found. Whether you need some work done on a home built in this style, or want to have something built in this style, working with an expert who specializes in balloon framing is essential. The type of framing that a construction project utilizes will play a role in things like building renovations, plumbing and electrical work.