Roof framing has undergone a quiet revolution over the past half century. Trusses are gradually replacing the conventional rafters, to the point that nowadays more than 80 percent of new residential construction makes use of trusses to support the roof.
So what the heck are Trusses?
Trusses are lightweight engineered units consisting of top and bottom chords supported by a webbing of lumber in a triangle shape. Because they are pre-assembled to your building specs offsite, often using automation such as computer-driven saws, they are much faster and more economical to install than rafters. Trusses are very strong and stable, capable of spanning great distances of as much as 60 feet. This reduces the need for interior load-bearing walls and allows for a more open floor plan, in tune with today's trends and exactly what we are offering in our floorpans at Reserve.
Another plus offered by truss framing is that it saves an important natural resource by utilizing smaller amounts of lumber and producing less wood waste.
We love anything that helps preserve natural resources!
Stay tuned until next time, when we raise the roof!