Roof trusses, together with the frame of a structure are an integral part of the support structure of a building, and are commonly manufactured from timber or steel. Timber trusses are the most common and cost effective option, but are not as durable and fire resistant as steel trusses. Trusses are able to carry immense loads, such as that of a tiled roof, and transmit the weight to the outer, load bearing, walls. For added strength steel plates are often utilised to join individual timber supports within a truss.
There is a huge variety of types and designs of trusses, each with its own characteristic and suitability. A particular roof truss is chosen for a combination of features, including the type of roof style and the amount of load or span it needs to carry. Trusses are named after their particular shape and configuration. Some common types include:
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