What is a Truss?

Often found in domestic buildings, a ‘Truss’ is a structural timber framework, designed to support a roof.

Trusses are the preferred modern method of constructing a roof, as they are typically prefabricated, allowing for fast and simple installation.

Allowing for large open spaces and easy re-configuration of buildings, they are self-supported, typically on external perimeter walls, meaning internal walls can be removed and reconfigured.

We typically find that a prefabricated truss roof is up to $500 per square metre cheaper than a tradition ‘pitch and prop roof system’. This being largely due to the reduced labour cost and efficient use of materials.

There are many different varieties of truss roof systems, but the ‘simple truss’ is most common for the construction of roofs; they are triangular systems including varieties like ‘King or Queen Post’, ‘Pratt’, etc.

If you are after higher and more open ceilings, they can be left exposed with raked ceiling areas in the bays (the space between each is known as a bay). This can be quite an effective method of achieving open spaces.

One disadvantage of truss roof systems is they can be more difficult to alter, as they are one self-supporting system. If one link is compromised, the entire system may be too.

The Team at Capital Building are highly experienced with both Truss and Pitch roof systems. If you would like to find out whether you can renovate, alter, or extend your property, call us 9857 9200 or send us an email enquiries@capitalbuilding.com.au

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