If you’re building a new house from scratch or simply installing a new roof, there are a bunch of important decisions that need to be made. One such decision is whether to go for roof rafters or trusses. You’ve probably already heard these roofing terms being thrown around by your roofing contractor without really knowing what’s what. So, what are the differences?
Roof rafters are long planks, usually 2x10s or 2x12s, that slope down from the central ridge of your roof and intersect with your outer walls. They are sturdy wooden beams that provide support for the roof above it as well as the sheathing. Also known as stick framing, roof rafters are like the skeleton of your roof and are generally less expensive than trusses.
Your roofing company will often recommend roof rafters if your budget is a bit tight or if you want to have more attic space.
Roof trusses, on the other hand, are prefabricated wooden structures that also utilize a triangular webbing of structural members to give your roof stability and support. They are favored by most roofing contractors since they arrive at the jobsite already preassembled. They are quick to install, but are a bit more expensive.
Most older homes utilize roof rafters while newer ones tend to lean more towards roof trusses. While each system has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, picking which one to use for your home really largely depends on your own unique needs. Be sure to talk to your roofing contractor to learn more about each option.
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