One of the most important parts of any new residential build is the roofing system, and it isn't difficult to see why. The roof is the first line of protection against inclement outdoor elements, such as rain, strong wind, snow, ice, dust and dirt. It also contributes to the architectural and visual appeal of the home in a great way.
It, therefore, goes without saying that a good roof should be both strong and aesthetic. One of the key things that you will need to think about when planning out your residential roof construction is which type of framing system to use.
Generally, there are two main roof framing options available for you to choose from — the traditional roof rafters (for stick-framed roofing system) versus their modern alternative called the roof truss systems. Roof trusses are available in two main varieties — steel roof trusses and timber roof trusses.
Here are some key reasons to build your residential roof with timber roof trusses.
Timber Roof Trusses Have a High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
One of the top advantages of timber roof trusses over other types of roof trusses is their superior strength-to-weight ratio. Sure, steel trusses generally support more weight than their timber cousins. But for the same strength required for a particular roofing application, the weight of the timber material to be used can be multiple times less than steel. This means that wood is a preferred choice for construction jobs that require the weight of the roof structure to be kept at a minimum.
Timber Roof Trusses Are a Sustainable Roofing Product
Have you ever wondered where the wood that is used to make timber roof trusses is sourced from? The use of timber in construction is highly regulated in Australia and many other parts of the world.
Manufacturers of timber construction products, such as timber roof trusses, are usually required by law to make sure that they get their timber supplies from licensed suppliers only. As a result, most of the wood used to make timber roof trusses are sourced from managed forest areas. This helps to ensure a constant supply of timber material required for roof truss construction.
Plus, timber trusses require less energy to manufacture than their steel counterparts.
Timber Roof Trusses Are Highly Flexible
Another good thing with using timber trusses for your roof construction project is that they are delightfully flexible to use. These roof trusses can be used together with other construction materials, such as steel and concrete, without losing any of their unique properties.
Timber roof trusses can provide many other advantages aside from the ones discussed above. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of timber roof trusses and figure out if they are best for your project, feel free to talk to a professional about your roofing needs.