When building a new home, there are so many decisions that you have to make. One of the most important is how to support your roofing system. Unless you are going for a flat roof, you only have two options – rafters or trusses. But what exactly is the difference between the two and how do you know which one is best for your home? In today’s post, metal roofing installation pros Sunrise Exteriors explains.
What Is a Rafter?
A rafter is a structural component that is used as part of a roof construction. It typically runs from the ridge or hip of the roof to the wall plate of the external wall and are made of lengthy planks that are usually 2x10s or 2x12s. They are laid in series, side by side, and provides a base to support roof decks, and coverings.
What Is a Truss?
Trusses are a prefabricated triangular structure that is installed by roof replacement and installation companies to lend support and strength to a roof’s frame and bridge the space above rooms. Trusses are usually prefabricated in factories, unlike rafters which are usually set up on site.
So What Is the Difference?
While trusses and rafters have many parts and functionalities in common, the major difference between the two is that trusses are built mostly using 2x4s in place of wider dimensional boards. Rafters use up more wood and are heavier than trusses, but trusses are stronger and more efficient even if they use fewer materials.
To learn more about the pros and cons of each and to help you in making the best possible choice for your home, turn to roof repair and installation specialists Sunrise Exteriors. Our team of highly skilled experts knows everything there is to know when it comes to residential and commercial roofing. To schedule a free consultation, do not hesitate to give us a call at (816) 357-9624 or fill out our contact form.