Roof trusses, or trussed rafters as they are sometimes referred to, are used in the majority of new housing in Southern Africa and are increasingly being used in commercial and industrial settings.
So why are trusses so popular? Firstly, a trussed roof is a fully engineered structure delivering a practical and versatile roofing solution. In addition, trusses offer a cost effective and speedy solution to roof framing. When compared with a traditionally built roof, trussed rafters will typically deliver considerable material savings often using 40% less timber.
The importance of minimizing site waste has never been greater; leading an increasing number of house builders to have a preference to source offsite manufactured building components. Trussed rafters are manufactured offsite, in a factory controlled environment ensuring high quality products are delivered to site with a minimum of onsite work required.
A good example of the versatility of trusses is the room-in-the-roof attic truss. With a combination of a slightly steeper roof pitch, increased timber sections and the addition of the appropriate room loadings, a conventional roof truss can be quickly modified in the MiTek design software to provide the homeowner with the option of additional living space in the dwelling.
Another example where Roof trusses have been used to create complex turret style roofs. This one at the Boardwalk casino in Port Elizabeth
When you order a trussed rafter roof from a MiTek manufacturer you can be confident that you are dealing with a company that is using the industry leading design and engineering software and has the backup support of our experienced team of technical experts.