Trusses You Can Consider When Embarking On Roof Replacement

When homeowners consider their roofing, they typically think of the materials that the roofing is made from. Not many will put a thought into the roof trusses of their residence. Roof trusses are the structural frames in the roof's foundation that function to harness that strength of your roofing's triangular shape. There are different types of roof trusses you could choose for your residence. If you are considering roof replacement, the following are some of the trusses that you could contemplate.

Raised heel trusses

These types of roof trusses enhance the insulation in your home's attic as the framing extends from the top edges of the structure's walls to intersect with the roofing.  Since the framing of the trusses extend to the edges of the walls, they can decrease thermal heat loss, which works to make the home more energy efficient.  In addition to this, they are a popular choice among roofers since they will form a barrier at the eaves of the roof. This in turn enhances the air circulation in the attic, which decreases the chances of mould and mildew breeding in the home.

It should be noted though that raised heel trusses tend to be one of the more expensive options you could choose. Additionally, since the framing can be extended to insulate the wall edges, more insulating materials would be required for the attic.

Scissor trusses

If you are looking to create a cathedral style ceiling for your home, then you could consider scissor trusses for your roofing. These types of trusses look similar to a glider. The chord of the truss is low and is sloped inwards. With scissor trusses, the roofing contractors will not require installing a bearing beam to secure the weight of the roofing. The downside to scissor trusses is that they can cost a pretty penny, thus would not be ideal for homeowners who are on a tight budget. In addition to this, your labour costs may also increase since installing insulating materials on these types of trusses is more difficult due to the curvature of the framing.

If you are looking for a more economical alternative, you could consider parallel chord trusses. These may not create grandeur ceilings like the scissor trusses, but you get a chance to raise your ceilings a notch higher than normal. Additionally, parallel chord trusses are much easier to install insulation on than their scissor trusses counterparts.