Hi, I'm considering purchasing a 4-bed semi D family home in the next 6 months. There's an estate we like but the houses are all timber frame construction (built circa 5 years ago) as opposed to brick. As this will hopefully be our "forever" home, that we can pass onto our children in the future, (and that we would be paying over 400k for) I've read some things online that concern me such as the timber frame manufacturers guarantee can be as low as 10-15 years and the expected lifespan for softwood timber frame is just 25-30 years? Also read that there aren't many examples in UK/Ireland of timber frame houses older than 40 years to get an idea of the long-term viability, etc compared to brick. Thinking also about timber rot, Ireland's damp climate, etc.
I know there are advantages like sound and heat insulation but I'm starting to wonder if we should play it safe and buy an older concrete block constructed property and upgrade the insulation?