My husband and I wanted to add an addition to our home for years before we finally decided to act on the idea. However, we then realized that we desperately needed to update our kitchen, as well. Before we started the remodeling process, we prepared for what we expected: stress. We made sure we cleared our calendars and didn't have any other major commitments during the remodeling process. However, once we began planning the renovations, we quickly learned that we were actually having a lot of fun! The renovation process also went very smoothly and, now that the process is over, we both joke around that it feels "too quiet" in hear without the company of the contractors. I enjoyed t all so much I decided to start a blog to share my remodeling tips to help others who will soon be taking the plunge!
Something needs to hold the roof of your new home up and unless you want to have pillars or supports throughout the living areas of your home, trusses are the best, and the most common option to do the job. They support the weight and spread the load over a larger area to carry it safely and efficiently but where can you get trusses and how do you know they will work?
The trusses you are going to use on your new home will need to be ordered ahead of time so that they can be assembled by the truss companies that sells them. The material they are made out of is determined by the building construction. A wooden home is typically going to use wooden trusses and a commercial property will often be made of metal and be a different style of truss. In both cases, the truss will be designed to carry the load of the roof efficiently and last over many years to come.
Engineering Your Trusses
When you order trusses for your building, the company that builds them will engineer the trusses to be safe and efficient for you. They will take into account the size of the building, the material going on the roof, and additional items like solar panels, or HVAC systems that will be on the roof. The trusses have to carry the weight of the roof but they also need to stand up to things like snow in the winter months so just making them to support your shingles and plywood is not enough.
Where Can You Order Trusses?
When you are ready to order your trusses, you can order them through your lumber supplier. They will help you choose the type of truss you need or want for your home. They can explain the different types, what the benefits of them are and how many you will need to support the roof and cover the span properly.
Installing Trusses During Construction
There are several ways you can get your trusses up on the walls of your building. Since the walls are up, setting the trusses in place is not difficult to do. But does take a little muscle or preplanning. Setting the trusses by hand has been done for years and is hard work but can save you money. Have several workers on the ground hand the truss of to your worker on the roof, or wall tops. They will then slide them into position, rotate them into position before nailing them in place.
The other option is to hire a crane and set them all on the walls at once. If you use this method, you will need a few guys on the walls ready to slip the back and slide the trusses into position and while it will cost you more, it is still the fastest way to place the trusses where they need to be.