Frequently Asked Questions about Trusses
Why should I use trusses?
When you build with roof trusses, the only limit is your imagination. Roof trusses are designed to your exact specifications, fabricated in a controlled environment, and then delivered to you, saving you time and money. No matter how complicated your roof or ceiling plan, we can design a truss to support it. Framing with wood trusses is the reliable, efficient way to build economical, dependable homes. Our custom-built roof trusses will transform the way you build.
What are roof trusses?
Roof trusses are structural building components used in residential and commercial roof construction. Typically, wood trusses have a triangular shape and are constructed by securing pieces of lumber together with metal connector plates.
Are roof trusses more reliable than conventional framing methods?
Roof trusses bring a quality to framing that stick-built homes just can’t offer. Designed and built to span greater distances than conventional material and doing it with smaller dimensional lumber. Roof trusses create a complete roof system that has a better structural tie to the walls and foundation.
Does it take longer to frame a house using wood trusses?
The Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA) built two homes of the exact same size – one using components, and one using traditional stick-building techniques. The result: the home framed with wood roof trusses took 40% less time to build. Not only that, but building with roof trusses will also save you 16% in labor and materials costs.
What if I need specific trusses designed for my project?
No matter what type of truss you need, we have the expertise and design software to bring it to life. Our truss design expertise, coupled with our state-of-the-art software, allows us to build complicated roof or ceiling profiles that add structural value to your home or building.
Is experience necessary for installing roof trusses?
Proper handling, installation and bracing are essential to the performance of your trusses. Knowledge of construction practices and product installation is necessary. A skilled building professional should be on site to set roof trusses into place.
Is it OK to Cut a Truss in the Field?
Structural members of a truss should never be cut without proper field repair engineering. Non-structural members, such as overhangs or filler bottom chords may be cut as long as they do not interfere with the structural integrity of the truss. If you are in doubt – Stop – Do not cut – and give us a call.
Do trusses offer Higher Construction Value?
Manufactured wood trusses boost construction value by reducing costs without compromising quality. Our meticulously engineered roof trusses ensure high-quality framing while also eliminating the variables that can hamper building projects and drive up costs. Trusses can be built to withstand all local and national building code requirements. Our roof trusses are designed to handle your projects structural and environmental loads and can support even the most complex framing systems.
Will I save money by using Wood Trusses vs. Conventional Framing?
Yes. Unlike conventional framing, manufactured roof trusses do not contribute to job site waste and so reduce your clean-up costs. Using trusses also requires less carpentry, which eliminates the need to hire specialized labor. They arrive at the job site ready to install and thus dramatically reduce construction time.
How far in Advance do I need to order my trusses?
Because custom-built trusses are made to individual specifications, they are not made until they are ordered. To avoid building delays it is necessary to order the trusses at least a few weeks in advance. Between building and shipping time, your order will take time to complete; it may be smart to ask for an estimate of manufacturing time well in advance of placing the order. Since fully assembled trusses require special equipment for handling, schedule the delivery time.
Are Trusses Green?
Yes. Manufactured building components meet the requirements for a green product. Trusses use smaller dimension material and reduce waste in their design. They are also designed to accommodate and coordinate with other energy conscious building practices. Trusses qualify for Leeds points on projects that are following those criteria.