Roof Trusses

Trusses Make a Stronger, Straighter Roof and They Go Up Quickly


Assembled at the factory, trusses reduce labor and material costs

Trusses can be ordered for just about any roof configuration and are made from smaller lumber sizes than dimensional rafter stock. They are assembled by the manufacturer in jigs using pieces engineered specifically for the application, which translates into consistency and precision, and they can be boomed into place quickly once they’re on the job site.

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Sep 13, 2010 9:28 AM ET

LEED for Homes & trusses
by Ann Edminster

Martin is spot-on, as usual! That was exactly the logic -- LEED is designed to reward leadership, not widespread common practice, which the use of roof trusses certainly is. Floor trusses, on the other hand, aren't so common and have a number of under-appreciated (and under-utilitized) benefits: longer spans facilitate later interior remodeling; they help eliminate soffits and their associated complications, materials, and expense; and they make it easy to run wiring and pipes through floor spaces. Not to mention saving wood.

Sep 11, 2010 7:51 PM ET

Leed Points for Engineered Roofs
by Jennings Ward

Engineered roofs do fall under Leed requirements for points. Builders can earn up to 2 points for using engineered roof trusses instead of stick-framed applications. Please clarify if there is a difference. - Jennings Ward, Builders First Source

Mar 18, 2010 10:51 AM ET

Wood roof trusses
by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor

I imagine that wood roof trusses are now so common — in residential new construction, they dominate the market — that green rating programs decided that awarding points for their use would be a giveaway available to almost any builder who follows routine building methods.

Mar 18, 2010 10:40 AM ET

Truss? under engineered wood points?
by Steve Kennedy

Why wouldn't roof trusses fall under the requirment for engineered wood when floor trusses do? They both save on using larger lumber.

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