If you are building a new home or adding a second story to an existing house, you have to decide how you will support the roof. In this guide, metal roofing experts at Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. define rafters and trusses and compare each structural component so you can determine which one is the right fit for your construction project.
What Are Roof Rafters?
Called stick framing, rafters are the traditional method of building a roof frame. It is a labor-intensive process, with each piece measured, cut, and fastened to build the rafter. Rafter boards—normally around 2 x 10s or 2 x12s in size—are attached to the ridge board at the peak and top plate where they connect to the wall.
What Are Roof Trusses?
A roof truss is a prefabricated structure that involves a triangle-shaped webbing of structural members to provide support for the roof situated above. It also ties the exterior walls of the house together.
What’s the Difference Between the Two?
If you are planning to turn the attic into an additional room, rafter roofing construction is the best choice. It not only leaves more space for storage and other household activities but also offers attic insulation as a radiant barrier. One drawback, however, is that rafter construction takes more time to accomplish, encompassing many laborers and high costs.
When it comes to quality control, truss construction is an excellent option because trusses are automatically designed with a computer. Its finishing time is also precise and delivery is often on time. However, the disadvantage of trusses is the reduced attic space, leaving no chance for an extra room.
Dynamic Roofing Concepts Inc. is a premier residential and commercial roofing contractor in Florida. With excellent work ethic and personable customer service, our skilled roofers aim to deliver the comfort and efficiency that Tampa, FL, homeowners expect. Call us at (813) 510-1166 or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation estimate.