Considering the fact that the nation is obsessed over extracting as much value as possible out of property, you would assume that roofs which are designed to cope with loft conversions would be the most popular type around. As it turns out, this hasn’t been occurring and the trussed roof industry is soaring.
If you have looked around most new-build properties over the last few years you will have almost certainly noticed that they all benefit from trussed roofs. All of the major housing developers tend to opt for this approach, even if it could minimise the home’s potential in the future if the owner decides they wish to convert the attic space. Nevertheless, there are good reasons why most standard new houses are using trusses, as we take a look at some of them through the rest of this article.
Speed of construction
Out of all of the options, there’s no doubt that the trussed roof is the quickest to install. Materials don’t need to be cut on site and as long as you source a reputable crane company like Bryn Thomas Cranes, you’ll be able to hoist each truss into position in no time at all. In fact, don’t be surprised if your trusses are in position in less than a day – which can allow your building to become watertight much more quickly than a traditional roof. The increase in speed can sometimes have a positive effect on your outgoings as well and rather than paying several weeks wages for a team of roofing contractors to come in and manually erect a traditional roof, you’ll simply have to pay for the crane and a lot less labour.
Increased design flexibility
One of the big drawbacks associated with the traditional roof is the fact that you are limited with the building design somewhat. The nature of the roof means that it requires support from load bearing walls, which is unlike the trussed roof which operates completely differently. Most houses which use trussed roofs don’t have any loadbearing walls on the second floor, which really gives architects the license to be as creative as they’d like with the overall design.
Human errors are reduced
Trusses are made in a factory and are therefore designed to the millimetre. Most traditional roofs are sawn by hand, meaning that there is a big scope for human error. Such errors regularly promote delays and material waste – two issues which are not likely to occur with the truss.
The issue of material waste can be much more problematic than you’d think. If a measurement for one rafter is incorrect, it can render that piece of timber useless. Of course, there will be occasions where miscalculations are made and the factory created truss requires altering. However, these situations are few and far between and on the whole, the amount of money you’ll save because the truss is prefabricated will be very much obvious when your final statement arrives.