Can you name more than one type of roof truss, or indeed did you know there was more a whole list of roof truss types, each tailored to the specific environment it is destined for?
The wooden roof truss is considered as the most important component and key engineering system in a building. Timberworks Bespoke Joinery has been custom designing and building roof trusses for many roof shapes, pitches and dimensions, for many years.
Some key points
- Roof trusses made from timber were a medieval development. Earlier roofs had been supported by coupled rafters, but these were structurally weak and unable to be used across larger areas
- Truss sections have different names, such as the top chord and the web
- A few different types of trusses include the Queen Post Truss, the Pratt Truss and the Howe Truss
- The hammerbeam roof was the culmination of the development of the arch-braced truss. This type of truss allowed for much greater spaces to be spanned, and is found in great locations such as the roof of Westminster Hall in London. Installed between 1395 and 1399, this was the largest timber-roofed space in medieval Europe, spanning a distance of just over 20 metres (66 ft) and is considered to be the best example of a hammerbeam truss in England
- Trusses usually occur at regular intervals, linked by longitudinal timbers such as purlins, which provide the stability and solidity of the construction over larger distances
- Using roof trusses in construction reduces time and waste on the building site, as they are pre-cut and ready to be easily and swiftly erected into place.
- We offer a made to measure service in traditional style, timber roof trusses, an ideal choice for a roofing project that might be an extension, a new build or a commercial project.
Our joiners are some of the best skilled craftsmen in the region and are passionate about their projects. Talk to us about delivery and fitting your timber project. You can find out more about our bespoke service here.