When you are about to build a new home, there are so many considerations that you have to make when it comes to the construction of the building. For the structure itself, besides the foundation, you will also need to decide on what kind of support you want for your roof. There are two options: rafters and trusses.
What Are Roof Trusses?
Trusses are a prefabricated structure that is generally made of wood and is known in construction as “stick framing.” It integrates a triangular webbing that occurs in regular intervals whose main function is to provide support for the roof while tying the outside of the walls together. This structural framework is also designed to bridge the space above a room.
What Are Roof Rafters?
Rafters, on the other hand, are usually constructed on-site and are also known in construction as “stick framing.” Residential roofing contractors use lengthy planks (usually 2x10s or 2x12s) that incline from the central ridge beam and meet an intersection with the outer walls. These planks hold up the roof as well as the sheathing.
What’s the Difference?
It may be difficult for a regular homeowner with no real construction or building experience to differentiate between the two as they share many features and functionalities. But to put it simply, the main difference is that rafters are built mostly using 2x4s in place of wide dimensional boards. They use up more wood and are much heavier than trusses, but provide more attic space. Compared to trusses, they take much longer to construct and use more manpower.
Since trusses are manufactured in a factory already pre-made, they are much quicker to install. However, if you decide to go with rafters, converting your attic space into an extra room is impossible due to the triangular webbing that will take up most of the space.
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