The frame of a house supports the superstructure of the property such as the bricks or concrete which form the walls. The roof trusses support the upper parts of the structure and the roofing materials which provide protection against the elements. While all roof trusses perform these essential functions, the type of truss you choose and the way the trusses are designed to fit together can bring additional benefits. This article will examine these benefits so you can decide if you want to take advantage of them when designing and building your home. 

Extra storage space

While some homes will be designed with a limited amount of attic space, it is possible to increase the room available by asking the contractor to design truss which provides additional space between the ceiling of a room and the outer roof space. This area won't typically be large enough to stand in. However, it should be large enough for items to be stored in via an access hatch. This space can also be used for the installation of water tanks. If you decide to go ahead with installing a water tank, you should opt for bespoke plastic tanks which can be produced to perfectly fit the space created by the wall and roof trusses.

Reduced cost

If you are operating on a tight budget, you should choose ready-made trusses from a building contractor. Pre-made trusses are cheaper than bespoke trusses as the contractor will not have to spend time cutting and engineering the truss, so it fits a particular design. This additional labour would, of course, come at an increased cost. Using standard trusses can also help to speed up the construction of your home as most contractors will be experienced in handling standard sizes of truss when carrying out their work. However, the main drawback of opting for ready-made trusses is that they can limit how adventurous you can be with your design, which may limit your options when it comes to building in additional storage space. 

Improved aesthetics

If your trusses are going to be visible, you may wish to opt for a type of lumber which is more aesthetically pleasing than standard pine. For example, you may wish to use oak or cedar timber for the trusses which will be exposed.

If you are looking for even more information and advice about timber trusses, you should contact a building contractor.