Your roof won’t be able to do its job of protecting your home from the elements without structural support, of which there are two types: rafters and trusses.
What’s the Main Difference Between Rafters and Trusses?
Rafters and trusses are built using different methods. The former is built manually using a method called stick framing while the latter is assembled in factories.
What Are the Advantages of Using Roof Rafters?
Roof rafters take up less space. This is usually the main reason why contractors recommend roof rafters if you’re converting your attic into a living space.
It’s easier for roofers to install insulation in attics built using roof rafters.
Changes to your new roof’s construction plans can be more easily accommodated if you’re using rafters. That’s because roof rafters are custom-built.
What about the disadvantages of using rafters? It takes longer to assemble a roof using custom-built rafters. This also means your project will have higher costs.
What Are the Advantages of Using Trusses?
Attics built using trusses have shorter project timelines. That’s because factory-manufactured trusses are delivered ready to install.
Trusses cost less than custom-built rafters. According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the material and labor costs of houses built using trusses were 16% lower than houses built using traditional rafters.
Keep in mind trusses are not without their disadvantages. One disadvantage is that attics with trusses tend to be smaller than attics built using rafters. This could be an issue if the total space in your attic falls below the minimum space requirements set by your local building authority. That’s why before making a decision, it’s best to consult one of your local roof replacement contractors. Since they’re more familiar with the local building codes, they can make better recommendations.
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