Roof Truss Guide

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Get more Quality, Flexibility and Labor Savings using Get more Quality, Flexibility and Labor Savings using 2 A wood trussed-home costs less. The total in-place cost of trussed roof and floor systems is lower. Trusses are delivered to the site ready to be installed. Labor is saved because trusses can be installed three to four times faster than it would take a carpenter to build the roof on-site. The open spaces in the trusses allows duct work, plumbing and wiring to be installed quickly and easily. Construction costs also are reduced because the building is "closed-in" faster, there is less pilferage of materials, and it takes less time to clean up the site. You get peace of mind – knowing that the trusses were professionally computer-designed, engineered and factory-built to assure the highest quality and reliability. Trusses allow virtually unlimited architectural versatility. That means designs can include vaulted or studio ceilings inside the home and high pitched or hipped roofs on the exterior, offering greater aesthetic and functional advantages. Proven performance – hundreds of millions of wood trusses have been installed throughout the country. In fact, wood trusses are used in more than 75% of all homes built in the U. S. and Canada today. Pre-engineered wood trusses are scientifically designed for strength. A pre-engineered framing system eliminates guesswork on the construction site. The Benefits of Wood Trusses: Builders want solutions that help them stay on schedule and maintain quality construction and profits. When compared to traditional beam construction, manufactured wood roof truss systems are better, stronger, and can be installed faster. A manufactured truss is an engineered structural component assembled from wood members, metal connector plates and other mechanical fasteners. The truss members form a semi-rigid structural framework and are assembled such that the members form triangles. Trusses are designed to engineering standards with a substantial factor of safety applying to every truss in the roof. Most builders are familiar with roof truss systems, but may not realize the advantages of a manufactured system. Traditional stick built roofs which are based on historical conservative carpentry practices, use greater quantities of lumber to achieve acceptable factors of safety. The reserve strength of these traditional roofs is also variable and depends on the skill of the individual carpenter. The benefits of manufactured wood truss systems are many. Trusses can span great distances, creating larger open spaces below unobstructed by columns and partitions. Roof truss systems are manufactured in controlled environments, so there's less chance of warping, shrinking, and twisting of lumber. Trusses also save timber resources by reducing the amount of wood waste generated during construction. The owner can enjoy piece of mind knowing that the trusses have been professionally engineered and quality manufactured for that specific job. Roof Trusses

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