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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
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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