Floor Truss Guide

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Builders want solutions that help them stay on schedule and maintain quality construction and profits. When compared to traditional joist construction, manufactured wood floor 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 rigid structural framework and are assembled such that the members form triangles. Most builders are familiar with roof truss systems, but may not realize the advantages of a manufactured floor truss system. The benefits of manufactured wood truss floor systems are many. Floor trusses can span great distances, creating larger open spaces below unobstructed columns and partitions. Truss systems are quicker and easier to install than traditional floor joists, and because they're manufactured in controlled environments, there's less chance of warping, shrinking, and twisting of lumber. Manufactured floor truss systems also save timber resources by reducing the amount of wood waste generated during construction. FLOOR TRUSSES Get more Quality, Flexibility and Labor Savings using Get more Quality, Flexibility and Labor Savings using The component manufacturing process is simple and offers the professional builder plenty of time- and cost- saving resources along the way. Here's how it works: House plans are sent by the builder to the wood floor truss manufacturer. There are hundreds of truss manufacturers operating nationwide, but builders should research the quality and delivery costs before choosing a vendor. The building designer determines what loads need to be supported by the floor trusses. Then the truss designer determines how many trusses will be required, and their specific placement on the structure. The manufacturer then builds the trusses, labels them for accurate installation, and ships them to the builder on the jobsite. A detailed diagram with the placements of the trusses is sent along with the order to help the builder place the trusses exactly where they should be installed. Once the trusses are on the site, the builder can really start to see the benefits. The consistent size and height of the manufactured floor joist will mean easier sub-floor material installation, and the open web design allows for utilities to be run through in the floor system without drilling or cutting holes. These benefits will reduce the amount of time trade contractors spend on site, speed up construction, and ultimately save the builder money. The technology used in the design and manufacturing of floor trusses makes them a superior choice for builders looking to streamline construction and provide a higher quality home to their customers. 2

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