Roof rafters were used in most houses in the past. However, new construction techniques have given rise to trusses. While similar, there are some unique pros and cons for each.
Rafters are the traditional roof framing systems that have been used for generations. The rafter system uses dimensional wood to support the roof of the building. The rafters are planks of wood that slope from the central ridge beam to the topmost part of the roof.
They intersect with the building’s exterior walls at the base of the roofing structure. Rafters are traditional roofing systems. They are fabricated on-site before installation.
Trusses are prefabricated structures that are mostly made from wood. They are installed as triangular-webbing structures to support the roof. Trusses play a major role in the tying process with the external walls.
A typical roof construction in a residential building is composed of multiple trusses placed evenly over one end of the property to the opposite end. Unlike traditional rafters that are installed on-site, trusses are made in a factory before getting delivered to the work site for installation.
When to Use Trusses
- You need to easily access the site of the home and its roof.
- Cost and budget are a priority in the design of your roof.
- You don’t need the attic to be a finished space.
- If you have any vaulted ceilings in your plan, you can use scissor trusses to provide enough steepness. However, you need to consult an architect to determine that.
When to Use Rafters
- You prefer a steeply vaulted ceiling.
- You want to maximize the living space in your home. For instance, you may want to convert the attic into another bedroom or an office.
- It is difficult or impossible for trusses to reach the building site with an affordable method of transportation.
The Badger Company is your go-to roofing contractor for any residential and commercial job. We will help you make an informed decision about the best roofing system for your commercial property. Our professionals have extensive experience in managing and successfully completing large-scale commercial projects.
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