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Roof Construction: Installing the Right Supporting Frames for Your Home

by Lily Carroll

When building a new house, you should be diligent in planning for the roofing installation. If the roofing over your new structure is not secure, you might have to deal with the consequence of premature roof failure. In general, the integrity of the roofing will be determined by the supporting frames. Therefore, you should discuss the details of this element with your contractor during the planning stage. When you know the framing possibilities, you can decide in time and prepare for the construction. Here are some considerations to help you understand your options when choosing ideal supporting frames.

Timber or Steel

There are two primary materials used in building roof frames: timber and steel. You should evaluate these options and make a thorough comparison of their properties before making a decision. Timber roof frames are highly favoured in residential construction. They are relatively inexpensive, and the wood has a superior strength that can handle massive weights. Moreover, timber is flexible, so the frame members can be used for roofs with unusual shapes. Steel has exceptional inherent strength. Additionally, the material is resistant to termites and wood borers. However, the cost is high, so this choice might not be justifiable for your house.

Prefabricated or Onsite Construction

When choosing your roofing frame elements, you should consider whether you would like to order prefabricated trusses or build the framing on site. Your decision will determine the project timeline, flexibility of the design and structural resilience. For most projects, prefabricated trusses are the most beneficial. The framing is built in a factory and transported in its completed form. The production of the elements in the controlled environment ensures exceptional strength. Also, the installation process will take a short time, ensuring that the project is completed faster. On the other hand, onsite construction will offer you more flexibility if you decide to make some changes. And transporting straight lumber is more manageable than handling completed trusses. 

Finished or Unfinished

Finally, you should choose between finished or unfinished timber frames for your new roof. This factor is critical in determining the project costs and aesthetic appeal in the home. Typically, the default choice for most homes is unfinished timber frames. These members have no apparent artistic value. For instance, unfinished timber frames will have a rough-sawn and un-sanded appearance. This selection is ideal if a ceiling will conceal the roofing framing. If you would like to leave the trusses exposed, you should use painted, stained or otherwise improved structural members. 

For more information about roofing timber frames, contact a professional roofing service, such as Heyden Frame & Truss.