How Strong Are Roof Trusses?

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March 1, 2021

How Strong Are Roof Trusses?

Roof trusses are an amazing feat of engineering. They’ve been used in construction for centuries, providing strength and stability to countless important structures. One of the best parts of wooden roof trusses is that they are so strong they don’t need to be changed for generations. This may sound too good to be true, but that’s the beauty of using these outstanding structures in your home or building. How strong, exactly, are roof trusses?

The number of pounds a roof truss can support varies depending on the structure of the roof and how the house is built. Wood roof trusses transfer the weight from the roof to the supporting walls, so the load it can bear depends on that as well. But overall, you can expect the ceiling to support at least 10 pounds per square foot. As for floor trusses, the typical floor truss can support 40 pounds per square foot. As wood truss manufacturers, we can give you a precise measurement of how much weight your trusses can hold to make sure it meets your requirements.

We use our team of technicians, engineers, seasoned experts, and advanced technology to construct the best truss roof system and floor trusses in the San Diego area. Each wood roof truss is specifically designed for the building we’re working with, ensuring that it’s as strong as can be for that unique building.

The roof trusses are pre-constructed and brought over to the site when complete. The installation of roof trusses is much quicker than the installation of rafters, so the trusses spend less time exposed to the elements and potentially damaged.

Whether it’s a home, commercial building, or barn, as professional roof truss manufacturers, we make sure the roof trusses will withstand anything. For example, roof trusses can weather even the most extreme storms, including hurricanes. While we don’t get many hurricanes here in San Diego, expertly crafted wood roof trusses in Florida have kept countless homes safe during huge storms.

Wooden roof trusses are also built in our indoor factory, protecting the timber from the elements until it’s time for installation. By being in a controlled environment, the wood isn’t exposed to potentially damaging outdoor materials like storms, humidity, and even insects. This ensures the wood is as safe and strong as can be, and the trusses are of the utmost quality.

Another part of the reason wood roof trusses are so strong is because they’re essentially made of interlocking triangles. Triangles are considered the strongest shapes, because when force is applied to the top point, that weight is distributed evenly to both sides and supported by the triangle’s large base. This stability is why the shape is so common in wood roof truss manufacturing.

For a first-hand example of how strong roof trusses can be, consider the structures that use them. Here are just a few:

  • Cathedrals
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Airport Terminals
  • Aircraft Hangers
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Auditoriums

These massive buildings need a lot of support, and wooden roof trusses are up for the task.

There is so much more to know about roof truss systems and the strength they can provide to a structure. If you’re in the San Diego area considering installing a wood truss system, feel free to reach out to any of us at Stone Truss!

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