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Everything You Need to Know About Roof Truss Designs For Your Property

September 16, 2020


With numerous roof truss designs, homeowners have unlimited options in building their roof's shape and choice of materials. However, some designs and truss materials can become more affordable or expensive, depending on their choice.


If you're confused about selecting the right roof truss, here is everything you need to know:


Purpose of Roof Truss

Different roof truss designs exist because of a residence's need for exceptional roofing material stability and dependability without using heavy-duty materials that could potentially collapse the ceiling. In this light, roof trusses often use light materials, such as wood or metal-reinforced wooden trusses. They handle heavy roofing material through proper load-bearing combinations and connections.

Understanding Truss Loads

Manufacturers build components for different roof truss designs because each one of these components can handle different truss loads. Roofers refer to them as "dead" and "life" loads. Dead loads are the weight of the roofing material, underlayment, and sheathing combined. Life loads are wind, snow, and foot traffic (for roofing maintenance). It requires intensive calculations determining the right slope and design to use with the truss load. 

Truss Load Combination and Spacing

Roofers and architects account for some assumptions to create proper truss load combinations and spaces between trusses. For example, they will assume that life loads will not co-occur because roofers will not head up for roofing maintenance during a windstorm. However, they will assume dead loads to happen at the same time and consistently.

Finding a Dependable Supplier

Lastly, you'll want to use a reliable supplier for high-quality roof truss materials to ensure your roof remains propped up for decades. Fortunately, it's easy to find a dependable supplier near you.

You Can Always Count on Dependable Suppliers' High-Quality Trusses

If you have yet to find a reliable supplier of trusses, you can always count on Tamarack Lumber to provide you with all your needs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can achieve with you.