Welcome to my blog, my name is Daisy. A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an old house which required a lot of work. We spent many weeks gutting the place and installing new flooring, painting the walls and clearing the garage space of junk. However, my favourite part of renovating the house was the roof. I loved climbing onto the roof to inspect the tiles, removing and recycling the broken ones and replacing the gaps with new tiles. I also learnt how to waterproof and maintain our roof so that we can avoid problems in the future. I started this blog to help others who are interested in carrying out restoration or repair work on the roof of their home.
A roof is one of the most vital elements of a commercial building as it protects the property and occupants from weather elements among other things. Proper design and planning should go into the construction of a roof structure because it is one of the heaviest and largest structural components of a building. Prefabricated roof trusses are engineered materials that are tailor-made to bear the weight of a roof without compromising the rest of the structure. Here are 4 facts about roof trusses for commercial buildings.
Load Distribution -- When trusses are installed, they form a series of webs and triangles that enable the weight of the roof to be distributed downwards and further away from the centre of the building. The pressure is transferred to the exterior walls allowing the inner walls to be constructed either arbitrarily, altered or eliminated altogether. Therefore, trusses allow for the construction of commercial buildings with open floor plans so that owners can have the flexibility to design the interior according to personal preferences.
Long Span -- When the distance between two intermediary roof support systems exceeds 12 metres, then it is categorised as a long span roof. An example of a building with a long span is a warehouse, hangar or a factory. Prefabricated trusses can achieve a span much larger than this based on material thickness, choice of profile and roof structure. The advantage of an extended span truss system is that you don't have to join two or three pieces of material to attain the same width of a roof. Such a process can be time consuming and labour intensive.
Accessibility of Utilities and Energy Efficiency -- Every square inch of a commercial property is valuable to clients. Therefore, ductwork should not eat into spaces because of a poor roofing system. The triangular spaces formed by a roof truss system form accessible areas for laying electric, HVAC and other utility lines. While trusses can be expensive, clients can realise long-term savings when it comes to energy bills. Furthermore, installing all utilities indoors can translate into a smaller HVAC system.
Speed of Installation -- Designing and manufacturing roof trusses at an off-site location gives clients adequate time to prepare for installation. The other option of assembling trusses is at a job site, which can be time-consuming. Prefabricated trusses are factory-built and brought to your site as a complete set in readiness for installation. Notably, installation of prefabricated trusses can be done in almost a day.
Talk with truss specialists as you plan your building to ensure it's as strong as possible.