Roof Trusses

Broadening Your Understanding of Roof Trusses

Building a house isn’t particularly easy at the best of time, hence why designers and architects are vital in the process. Building a house that is structurally sound, attractive and space efficient are key in these modern times that we live in, but often a feature goes overlooked or is handed to the responsibility of the architect, that is the roof, and often roof truss designers are available to put the proverbial cherry on top of your new build home. Roof Trusses are vitally important parts of your home; they provide structure to your roof & vary depending on location. For example, in the warmer climates of the Mediterranean, flat white roofs are used to help insulate the house against the heat, whilst in wetter climates, roofs are shaped in a prism to help allow run off of water, often into guttering.

Basic roof design is no secret; however advanced roof design can really add value to your home. For example, an attractive roof can make the house stand out, and particularly good designers can help create a loft or other space at the top of the house, that you can quite happily store items or even convert it into a bedroom. Therefore, if you are investing in an architect for your new build, or if you are a property developer yourself, the cost of hiring a roof truss designer can be outweighed by the value that will be added to the build in the future. There are many designers out there, plus some of the larger suppliers also have access to CAD design software as well.

Timber Trusses

Timber Roof Trusses are essential for building most houses, particularly in the western world. In the early days of construction, roofs were flat (often because of dated construction methods), which were easier and cheaper to produce first and foremost. However, at later date, it did lead to roofs collapsing due to natural occurrences such as rain and generally bad weather conditions

One way to combat this is with creating slanting roofs. These can either be done by purposefully building one side of the dwelling 6-8 inches taller on one side than the other and then you will have to slide one side up a bit. This is fine in essence, as the structure will be stronger. However, it is still not incredibly strong, and there still could be a danger in the roof collapsing.

Ideally, the best way is to use a reinforced structure, such as a truss. Trusses aren’t part of the main construction of the building; instead, they sit securely on top of the construction. Roof Trusses are a foundation on which the roofing material is laid upon, and are usually triangular in shape. Most houses have 3 or 4 of them, so to provide support as well, giving a faux prism effect.

The trusses give the roof structure, a strong structure, particularly against the elements. Reinforced strategically placed beams mean that the chances of the roof collapsing during a heavy rainfall are none. Furthermore, it reduces repair bills should they ever need replacing, as only one needs to be replaced at any one time. Dormer roofs can provide additional space to a particularly small attic or loft conversion.

So what do you need to make roof trusses? Well, roof trusses are either made out of timber or steel. Which one you use depends on the size of your building. For most houses, trusses made out of timber would suffice, as timber is strong, lasts for a long time, and a little durable under the conditions. Furthermore ,it’s an insulator, so if it is struck by lightening, then it’d be safe. Therefore for your build, we recommend timber roof trusses to ensure that the project is affordable.