A truss is the frame of a roof. It is designed to offer strength and support to the roof that rests on it. It is also known as a trussed rafter. They are normally triangular in shape – in different configurations so that it match the size, pitch and design of the roof. They are needed when a building needs sloping roofs.
In areas like La Porte, where architectural styles can vary widely, the importance of a well-designed truss system can’t be overstated. Whether you’re building a new home or considering a roof overhaul, a properly installed truss system is key to the longevity and safety of your roof. That’s why services like Roof Installation by WABO are so vital; we ensure that your truss system is tailored to meet the specific needs of your building and we’re experts on the Texan climate.
What is a Roof Truss?
A roof truss is a joint-frame structure designed with a triangular pattern that can sustain horizontal, vertical and inclined loads. It comprises of straight interconnected elements like top and bottom chords, steel connector plates and internal web members that are welded at the nodes.
They work like large beams that support the roof and cover long areas. They should be very strong as they not only have to carry their own weight but also the roof beams, roofing, suspended ceiling and other equipment. Along with this, they also have to be sturdy enough to take the weight from snow and wind loads, repair and maintenance workload and construction loads.
Roof trusses can be utilized in any type of building, irrespective of their size or function. Since their layout design is flexible, it is especially advantageous in contemporary buildings that prioritize openness and adaptability. This is why roof trusses have become so popular. Consequently, roof trusses have gained popularity in a variety of building styles.
We at WABO Roofing also install roof trusses, as they are best taken care of by professionals. Here is a small guide that will help you understand how we install the roof truss:
Installation Process of Roof Truss
Installing roof trusses is an essential step in creating a structure since they create the basic foundation for supporting the roof. The procedure involves a number of complex processes that are necessary to guarantee the stability, sturdiness, and overall integrity of the roof structure. Here is an explanation of how we install roof trusses.
Preparation of the Site
Before WABO Roofing can begin the work of installing the roof truss, we prepare the site. This ensures that the truss gets a sturdy and level foundation. We remove any trash, obstacles, or potential dangers from the work area to create a clean and safe place for installation. We also assess the soil conditions and make any necessary alterations to ensure the structural integrity and load-bearing capacity of the foundation. To maximize efficiency and reduce the danger of accidents during the installation, we also ensure that we have access to tools like cranes, ladders, and safety gear.
Positioning the Roof Truss
During the installation process, it is essential to position the roof trusses precisely. The trusses are carefully raised with the help of cranes or similar lifting tools and carefully set in place on the wall plates. This exact alignment is necessary to preserve the structural integrity of the roof. This also guarantees even weight distribution and ensures the stability and safety of the building.
Trusses are secured
Once the trusses are placed in their exact position, WABO Roofing uses fasteners and connectors to secure them to the walls of the structure. These connections should be strong and must be able to hold the weight of the roof easily. It is significant that the fastening is also done in the correct way as it prevents movement or displacement of the trusses at the time of installing them and post-installation.
Bracing the Trusses
The team of WABO Roofing then gives a temporary bracing to the trusses so that they stay stable throughout the assembly procedure. This temporary bracing ensures that the trusses are kept in place and prevents any mishaps like slipping or tilting. When the permanent bracing is installed, it further fortifies the structural integrity of the roof trusses, ensuring they stand perfectly for a long time ahead.
Next, we install the roof sheathing. WABO Roofing generally uses OSB or Oriented Strand Board or plywood sheets and nails them to the trusses. This sheathing is meant to make a sturdy base for the roof covering. It helps the roof increase its load-bearing ability and strengthens the building’s structure.
Installation of Additional Elements
When the sheathing is complete, we also apply an underlayment after discussing it with you and assessing the conditions of the building. We use various synthetic materials or roofing felt to add a layer of protection to the roof so it is protected from leaks and moisture. This underlayment serves as a barrier between the sheathing and the actual roofing material and ensures the overall durability and endurance of the complete roof. We also add appropriate flashing and edge details, ensuring proper water runoff and preventing water penetration. We also install elements such as gables, fascia boards, and soffits to complete the roof’s overall look and make it functional. Gables protect the end walls of the building, fascia boards provide the roofline a smooth appearance and soffits allow for ventilation and control moisture build-up in the attic.
Once we have completed the process of installing the roof trusses, the team of WABO Roofing performs a thorough inspection at the site to ensure that the installation has been done accurately and in compliance with all types of necessary industry standards, safety regulations and local building laws. We have special inspection officers who examine the trusses for any probable flaws that may compromise the integrity of the roof. We leave the site only once we are sure that everything has been done accurately.
Installation of roof trusses is crucial for guaranteeing the durability, stability, and structural integrity of any building. To ensure that the roof can resist the different types of loads, weather conditions, and environmental elements it may encounter over its lifespan, every step of the installation procedure must be carried out precisely by a professional like WABO Roofing. You can get in touch with us to learn how we can help you with roof trusses or any other type of roofing job that you may require for your building.