You have probably heard at some time or other that trusses cost less than rafters as a roof framing option. Is this really true? If so, how much less do trusses cost? More importantly, why is there such a cost differential between trusses and rafters, and given that this difference exists, why do people choose rafters over trusses in some situations?
Why People Choose Trusses Over Rafters–and Vice Versa
People most often choose trusses over rafters for three reasons: durability, ease of installation, and cost. Trusses are built to withstand much greater forces than many rafters, making them ideal for areas with high winds or other adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, trusses are very easy to install; often, a truss roofline can be completed in a single day, even on a relatively large home or office building. Finally, trusses are almost always cheaper than rafters in overall cost.
However, there are some applications in which builders believe rafters may be a better option. These are often custom roofing jobs in which the spaces are hard to reach or the roofing must be handmade to fit an oddly-shaped space, or in which there are last-minute changes to a plan that necessitate “on the fly” roofing. However, in most cases, trusses can be built to accommodate almost any roofline, so pre-ordering trusses is almost always the better option.
Trusses truly save money over rafters in a number of ways. The reason that trusses cost so much less include:
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