Roofing Projects: Making Roof Trusses

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Roofing Projects: Making Roof Trusses


Wooden_roof_structureRoofs are a really important part of our house. In fact, some would argue that roofs are the most important part of it due to the fact that they protect it from the rain and snow, and from all the other elements. And in order for our house to be in good order, our roofs need to be in good order. And to have a good roof, we need good trusses on it. And that is exactly what we’re going to show you here – how to make good roof trusses. In order to do that, you just have to follow these simple steps. So, let’s start listing them.

The very first thing you need to do is to design the truss for your roof. This is a very important par of the roof, so you need to make sure that your design is flawless. These trusses will have to withstand extremely heavy loads due to the fact that roofs are heavy, and especially during the winter when the snow start falling on it, or during the fall, when it gets all wet due to constant raining. Also, you will need to support your truss on both ends, and this should really be done adequately. If your trusses are not that big, than the experts recommend you making them out of sawn lumber. If they are a bit larger, you can use something bigger, like a dimension lumber.

Then, you need to get all the material, measure the size, and start sawing it. The lower chords are the most troublesome ones, and you might even need more than one length of lumber for it. You will have to join them together, and these joint will be stronger if you cut the two parts so that they fit each other just perfectly.

After you’ve sawn all the pieces, you fill need to assemble them. Of course, this is really hard to do up in the air, so you will have to assemble them on the ground. Lay it down, and start assembling. It is really important here to make sure that all the pieces fit perfectly; if they don’t correct it right there, because later, in the air, you just won’t have the opportunity to do so.images

Now you’ll need to secure the joints, and the best way to do that is with metal gusset plates. Make sure that they cover each and every one of the joints. That way, the joints will be better, and your truss will be stronger. Then, hammer them in place with nails, and make sure that all the nails are firmly inside the lumber, do not let any one of them be loose. Then, you’ll need to do this on the other side of the truss, so you’ll have to turn it around. Just be careful, because it is very heavy; the best thing would be to have someone there helping you.

And finally, all that’s left for you to do is to install the truss. You just need to lift it and put it into its place. You will also have to repeat the entire procedure for every one of the trusses. But, don’t worry, even though it is a lot of work, you don’t have to install them all in one day.