Tips for Installing Prefabricated Trusses in Your Home Tips for Installing Prefabricated Trusses in Your Home

80 percent of new homes in America have prefabricated trusses, as they are rapidly replacing rafters and ceiling joists across the country. The benefit of prefabricated trusses is that they can be installed quicker than rafters and ceiling joists, as well as allowing carpenters to be a little more creative with the shape and style of their roofs.

Work in Summer Time

When installing prefabricated trusses, it is important to shield the area from the elements, in particular the rain. Just like most other roof jobs, it is better to carry out this task in the summer, as you will have less of a problem with wind and rain making the rooftop hazardous.

Asking for Help

When handling and moving the trusses, it is worth remembering that a truss can withhold a lot of pressure vertically but are not as strong horizontally. Do not try and do this job by yourself, this is a big job, therefore it would be sensible to recruit a handy friend or 2 to help you out.

When to Install Brackets

If you are installing the prefabricated trusses vertically or horizontally, then they can be secured in place by screws. However, if you are positioning them at an angle other than 0 or 90 degrees, then you will need to install brackets.  Also, you should remember that the prefabricated trusses should be attached to the wall every 5 feet, for a secure and stable structure.

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