Whether you are constructing a new home or building an addition onto an existing house, one of the most important factors to think about is the structures that support your roof. Unless you are planning for a flat roof, you have to choose between rafters and trusses. In this post, roof repair company Pritchett Roofing, Inc. discusses the difference between two roofing structures.
The method that utilizes rafters as part of roof construction is called “stick framing”. A rafter is one of a series of sloped structural components such as wooden beams that extend from the ridge or hip to the plate, a horizontal load-bearing member in residential or building framing. Rafters are designed to support the roof shingles, including the sheathing and its associated parts.
A truss is a prefabricated and triangulated wooden structure used to support the roof. Trusses stand along sloping beams called chords. The beams and ties that connect the triangular webbing of trusses are responsible for distributing the load of the roof over a broad area.
If you utilize rafter construction, you will have sufficient attic space that can be converted into a functional room in the future. Roof replacement experts add that installing attic insulation and other energy-efficient features will also be quicker and more convenient. Finally, since rafters are stick-built on-site, you may get away with less planning. The downside to rafters is that the construction is more time-consuming and the skills and expertise of professionals are required to carry it out.
When it comes to truss construction, quality control is more consistent since trusses are manufactured in a factory. Since on-site storage is not required, trusses will not be exposed to weather conditions. An entire roof can be trussed within one to two days. Keep in mind, however, that using trusses means higher upfront costs and, in some cases, a crane will be required to lift these structural members into place.
You can count on Pritchett Roofing, Inc. for high-quality roofing and siding solutions. Our certified team is committed to delivering the efficiency and satisfaction that each and every residential or commercial client in Canton, GA deserves. Call us today at (770) 343-7832 or fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.