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Steel Truss Building

If you’re interested in purchasing steel trusses but need more information we can assist you with all your needs.

What Are Trusses?
Trusses are the triangular, load-bearing structures that you may have seen on bridges or unfinished buildings. They do the majority of supporting the weight of the roof and any additional weight that could be placed there such as snow accumulation. Although you typically see wood trusses on most buildings, it is becoming an industry standard to begin using a more durable material like steel. While wood has been traditional because of its general versatility, it should be noted that the leaps in the prefabricated steel industry have made it just as easy to assemble a building.

The floor section of the truss is called the bottom chord and is established as the horizontal component. The top chord is the inclined components that meet at the top to establish a point. Sometimes a truss will come with a desired overhang past the exterior wall. This section is a part of the top chord that goes beyond the bottom chord. Builders will usually create a soffit, which is a sort of lumber filler that runs parallel from the edge of the overhang to the outside wall.

There are a wide variety of different trusses manufactured such as:
  • Raised Heel Trusses – The design of this particular truss allows for much greater energy efficiency, as well as an air tight seal which helps considerably in the long run when it comes to all sorts of structure degrading due to the elements.
  • Triangular Chord and Strut Trusses – These are the more typical types of trusses originally adapted from a wooden design but used with steel instead.
  • Dropped Chord Strut Trusses – This type of truss allows for a vapor barrier and full insulation.
  • Scissor Trusses

Some smaller steel trusses can be riveted together while others are held together by pins. Pin connected steel trusses are recommended if you’re shipping the pieces because of the relative ease of assembly and disassembly.

Benefits of Steel Trusses
When you purchase steel trusses it should be made out of sturdy quality materials, and it should be able to withstand the weight of the building. A steel truss won’t have to be inspected as often. They have the advantage of being nonflammable. This is a great feature for safety purposes alone, but it can also offer great discounts on insurance.

A steel truss is what you rely on to keep the primary weight of the roof from collapsing. It is becoming the standard for safely securing the foundational posts of the building. Light gauge steel trusses can be half the weight of regular wood trusses, which is a huge advantage when covering large spans. They are easily repaired or modified and can be aesthetically pleasing.

Steel trusses conduct heat and cold in an efficient manner which can usually cost more for insulation compared to a wooden truss. We can suggest a course of action for insulation that will be effectively protect your building and save you money.

Whether you are using steel trusses to hold up the top of a barn or stabilize a metal building, we can offer you the materials you need to get the job done.

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If you are a contractor looking to buy steel trusses, we have the ability to save you time and money.

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