The roof is one of the most structurally complex parts of a home. That said, you need to be familiar with it, especially when designing a completely new roof. Today, our residential roofing experts give you a rundown on two similar roofing components – rafters and trusses. What are they, and how are they different from each other? Read on to find out.
Rafters are long beams that run from the central ridge (the highest point) of the roof. These beams reach all the way to the outer walls of the home’s main structure. Typically made of wooden planks or metal beams, rafters are commonly found on modern homes as they leave plenty of room underneath the roof for an attic.
Rafters are incredibly versatile because of its ability to give you plenty of space for storage or an extra room. However, they are more difficult to install compared to trusses because extra measurements have to be done, and the beams have to be sized before they can be put up. Because of this, installing and modifying rafters must be done by a certified residential roof replacement contractor.
Trusses are composed of triangular networks, with each triangle made of a strong material like metal. These triangles go directly under the roof deck and are bolted in place. Unlike rafters which are made on-site, trusses come pre-built and shipped straight from the manufacturer. This also means that trusses are easier to install compared to rafters.
Trusses are perfect if you have a specific type of roof in mind, and you don’t plan on making any changes to it in the future. Unless you are really set on having a big attic area, you’ll benefit more from getting a roof with trusses because you can have the roof installed much faster than if you went for a design that uses rafters. Last but not least, damaged trusses can be quickly replaced as they come in standard or pre-measured dimensions for easier roof repair.
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