How to Install Prefabricated Roof Trusses for Your Garage Roof

What You'll Need
Prefabricated roof trusses
Measuring tape

When you are working on your garage roof, you will want to use prefabricated roof trusses. These are made to help with the structure of the garage, both to shape it as well as make sure that it maintains its stability over the years. Since they are already fabricated, you do not have to actually put these roof trusses together, as you may have to with other versions, but you do have to install them in your garage roof. Here are a few tools and materials that you will need, along with the steps to help guide you through the process.

Step 1 - Measure

You will want to begin by measuring the garage area so that you can decide how many you will need and what size as they come in many shapes and sizes. Measuring from above and from the ground is a great idea in case any of the walls are slanted. You will need a ladder to get up to the top of the garage.

You will also need to check with your village to make sure that any changes you are making to your garage are okay and that you have a permit for the work you are doing if need be. Many times there will be certain regulations depending on where you live for your town, or depending on the structures that you have in your yard or around the garage. So checking before you start and purchase materials is always your best bet.

Step 2 - Decide Where to Put Them

When you are installing prefabricated roof trusses, you have to make sure that you are dong it in a way that is safe and that will be the most efficient. In order to do this, once you have chosen a size, you can measure along the sides of the walls and mark where they will need to be attached. A good guideline to follow is to have them attached to the walls about every 2 feet or so, depending on the weight. This way you have enough support without over crowding.

Step 3 - Install the Prefabricated Roof Trusses

The final step is to actually install the roof trusses. To do this, you can take your marked areas and use a drill and screws to secure them to the sides of the wall. Have someone hold them up for you as you are securing them in so that they are straight on. You may need to install brackets to the wall if any of them are secured on an angle so that they can be attached in the most secure manner possible.

Throughout this project you will need someone or even a few people to help you. As you are on the ladder, someone will need to be holding up the roof trusses and the other person will have to be actually doing the drilling and securing them in.