Some homeowners use the term “rafters” and “trusses” interchangeably but our roof replacement experts say that they are different from each other. Today, we’re comparing rafters and trusses in order for you to understand their differences and to figure out which option to go for when getting a new roof.
Rafters are made of long, rigid beams that extend from the roof’s ridge up to the outer walls of a building’s main structure. Rafters are usually made of strong wooden planks, but it’s also possible to use rafters made of lightweight metals or alloys. Rafters provide plenty of space between the roof and the ceiling that can also serve as extra attic space.
A roofing company will generally recommend rafters because of their versatility. Aside from giving you the extra attic space, it can also be modified in case you need to renovate your roof in the future. The major downside of choosing rafters is that it is difficult to install, although certified contractors can install them with no problem.
Trusses are made of triangular frames made of a strong supporting material. It can take multiple trusses to cover the space between the ridge all the way to the outer walls. Trusses are installed just underneath the roof’s deck. Unlike rafters that are cut and installed on-site, rrusses are built off-site and shipped to the home during installation
Trusses are great options if you’re looking for simplicity and convenience. Pre-built trusses are easier to install than manually built rafters so building a trussed roof is much faster. Roof repair experts say that trusses are considered the better option for smaller homes that you don’t plan on renovating in the future.
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