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Settling on the Perfect Roof Truss Design for Your Property

August 28, 2019

There is no shortage of roof truss designs on the market, but nothing trumps the versatility that wooden trusses can provide. Timber is well regarded for its versatility and can be produced to meet your dream design specifications when it comes to your home development project.


Roof truss designs play an integral role in how efficiently the development of a construct proceeds; some require more materials and labour than others, meaning an appropriate design should be carefully considered.


The foundation behind the approach to your perfect roof truss designs stems from the inspiration and knowledge you can gather by becoming familiar with the different types that are seen today:


Howe Truss

Howe trusses are renowned for their stability - owed to the vertical steel members that are commonly identified in their outfitting.


They are most commonly paired with intricate and elaborate designs as they span 6–30 meters in height and are great for large scale construction projects.


Hammerbeam Truss

For creating a large sense of scale and magnitude, hammer-beam trusses make a suitable choice due to its characteristic open centre section.


Reasons such as this are why you are likely to see hammerbeam trusses installed within establishments such as churches and halls; their trusses most commonly reinforced with an exterior structure known as a buttress.


King Post Truss

Much shorter in span compared to a Howe truss, typically 5-8 meters, with the most common usage being for small to medium houses. They are known for being one of the more cost-effective stylings of roof trusses.


As a note, it is important to keep in mind the storage needs for your project as this style of roof truss does not allow for storage space due to its exposed frames.


Queen Post Truss

If looking for a slight longer span, generally 8-12 meters, and larger openings than that of a king post truss then a queen post truss is usually recommended.


The way this roof truss differs can be seen from the two distinctive central supporting posts which serve to connect the tie beam and the rafters.


Scissor Truss

While sharing much in common with a king post truss, it stands out due the replacement of the tie beam with two angled members that are connected to the rafters; perfect for those looking to expand the space in their attic due to the extra height gained in the middle of the room.


At Tamarack Lumber, we are your first port of call when it comes to the estimating, design, and manufacturing of your made-to-specification roof truss designs. With almost 50 years of dedication to the construction industry, we have garnered a reputation for quality in Toronto and we are eager to put this skillset into practice for your next project!