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Custom Build Cabin— Should You Use Trusses or Rafters

At some point during your custom cabin build, you will need to decide between trusses and rafters. While both of those features can be useful in certain situations, there are quite a few variables that you will need to consider when you are planning out your cabin’s roof.

The Basics of Rafters

For many years, almost all homes were built with rafters, and some contractors still prefer this type of design. With rafters, you use larger pieces of wood to frame out the roof and attic, and each piece of wood is directly tied into the ridge board. Depending on the size of the roof and how it is going to be used, the rafters might also be connected with horizontal pieces of wood known as collar ties.

A Look at Trusses

Roof trusses have become very popular over the last few decades, and most new homes are built with this type of framing. Instead of using larger pieces of wood to frame out the roof, some contractors now use structures known as trusses. Those frames are usually assembled at a third-party factory and then shipped to the construction site. To build a truss, much smaller pieces of wood are needed, but that type of framework tends to be incredibly strong.

Cost and Material

One of the most important factors to consider when designing your cabin’s roof is the amount of money that you are willing to spend. You should also think about how difficult it is going to be to transport large pieces of wood out to your cabin. Installing rafters might seem like an ideal option, but that type of framing is going to be much more expensive. Trusses tend to be cheaper, sturdier, and easier to install.

Usable Space

If you would like to have a usable loft in your cabin, then you might need to go with rafters or a mixture of rafters and trusses. When a roof is only built with Prefab Technology Pty Ltd trusses, the attic isn’t going to be usable, and that will minimize the amount of living space in your cabin. To create a smaller loft, you can use rafters on one small area of the roof and trusses in the rest of the space.

This information should guide you in the right direction, but you will most likely need to speak with a certified roofing contractor at some point. One of those specialists will be able to go over all of the pros and cons of trusses and rafters so that you can make an informed decision.

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