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Comparing Rafters And Trusses

Roofs are designed to be sturdy structures to withstand strong weather conditions. Mainly, this is a result of rafters or trusses. But what's the difference between these two?

  • Roof Rafters

The basic structural components critical for roof construction are called rafters. These stretch from the hip or ridge to the external wall, offering a solid foundation for the installation of roof shingles or tiles. Roofers usually install rafters in smaller homes, side-by-side by using materials like timber or steel.

Using this material enables the frame of the roof to be modified without compromising the structure. And while rafters take a good amount of time to be cut, built and assembled by roofing companies, they are usually available at a cheaper price than trusses. However, placing these would always require the expertise of trained professionals.

  • Roof Trusses

These are the popular alternative to rafters as they are also commonly made of steel or wood. This material’s construction usually takes the shape of A-frames that are placed as one piece and may be flat to provide adequate space in the attic. Keep in mind that it may require the exact specifications for installation as these are pre-assembled and constructed at a factory. Moreover, roof trusses are prefabricated, which makes them a little bit pricier than rafters, although the labor involved to build and install rafters is comparatively higher.

A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. welcomes the opportunity to discuss our products and services with you. Whether you are a residential, commercial or industrial client, we look forward to serving your replacement roof needs. Call us today at (800) 400-2799, or fill out our online form to get in touch with a knowledgeable local roofing contractor.

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