When building a new home or an addition to an existing one, your plan should include the type of support that will hold up your roof. Typically, your choice is between rafters and trusses.
Rafters used to be the most popular method in the past, but roof companies today often utilize truss construction for new homes.
Rafter roof construction is commonly known as “stick framing” because the rafters are made of lengthy planks that are 2×10 or 2×12 in size. These rafters slope down from the central ridge beam at the peak of the roof, and they intersect with the outside walls. The long planks basically support the roofing and the roof sheathing.
Rafters work together with ceiling joists in ensuring a stable roof and attic structure. The ceiling joists extend horizontally across the floor of the attic space between the outside walls, securing the walls together. Roofing contractors place the rafters above for more sound support.
A truss is a prefabricated wooden structure, meaning it is made in a factory and will be delivered to your work site ready for installation. It integrates a triangular webbing of structural members in order to provide support for the roof while tying the outside walls together. The beams and ties that make up the interior triangular webbing of trusses ensure that the weight of the roof is distributed over a broad area. A home roof construction typically uses multiple trusses that are evenly spaced out from one end of the home to the opposite end.
Roofing by Curry specializes in various roofing services, including roof repair, roof replacement, new construction and more. We have many years of industry experience, so you can count on us to deliver quality workmanship. Call us at (941) 921-9111, or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in Sarasota, FL, and the surrounding areas.