Truss & Roof Design

When building the house of your dreams to welcome your family, there are many elements to consider. The type of roof design you’ll choose is one of the most important. There are many architectural roof styles, but you’ll have to decide between a rafters or trusses before deciding on your style.

Using rafters is the traditional way of building a roof. it gives the room beneath a larger volume and bigger feel. However, it will cost you more to install a rafter, and it will take longer. Trusses are generally cheaper and are easier to install, due to being constructed from standard 4 by 2 (or 90×45) timber. The simple web like structure gives the truss strength, just like a bridge! Both trusses and rafters can be used to create all manner of varying roof shapes and styles, but the deciding factor is always the build budget.

Choosing between a truss roof or rafter roof structure will impact the overall design of your home, so choose carefully.

Trusses, the most economical solution

A roof with a truss design is usually cheaper, which is why it’s widely used in New Zealand. There are several types of truss roofs, ranging from standard trusses to parallel-chord trusses, which are used for mono-pitched style roofs. You can opt for exposed trusses, which will be visible from the inside of your home, or attic trusses with a design allowing for extra storage and where a floor can be installed.

birds-eye-view of a home with framework visible, showing truss roofing

Why Go for Rafters?

Rafters are useful for those who want to create a raking ceiling for their home while using the minimum amount of “roof space” required. Unlike the web structure of trusses, rafters are generally single pieces of timber fixated on a ridge beam at the top of the ceiling. They can slightly differ with some roofing styles using more timber planks, but you’ll always find the typical triangular structure with a lot of space inside.


The Importance of Roofing Materials

Your roof design can change dramatically depending on the materials used and the budget, too. However, a higher price tag can sometimes protect you against leaks and offer more durability, like clip-fixed options. Are you unsure about which material is best for your house? Don’t worry; you can learn more about roofing types and pricing here.


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