Roof trusses seem to be everywhere. Most modern houses and buildings have adopted them over traditional rafters for their cost effectiveness, the speed at which they can be erected and their sheer customisability. Despite what you might think, roof trusses are not manufactured on site wherever they are being used, but rather, go through a lengthy manufacturing process before they are delivered to sites; in-tact and ready to use. So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself: “How are roof trusses made?” this article will finally enlighten you.
Step 1: The Truss is Designed to be Compliant
As with most things in the realm of manufacturing, it all starts with design; and there is a lot to be considered. The customer’s requirements must be looked at closely alongside the proposed design of the construction, to make sure that dimensions are properly adhered to by the truss’ design. There is also the matter of compliance with industry standards to consider. If a customers’ requirements stand a chance of undermining building codes and regulations, compliance will have to take preference.
Step2: Wood and Plates are Selected
Once the design is complete, the manufacturer will start selecting the ideal resources for the truss’ manufacture. When doing this, the quality of wood being used needs to be considered. Both wood and plates come in a wide variety, and the correct ones should always be used in conjunction with one another.
Step 3: A Template is Made
Before manufacturing can begin, a template is generally drawn up first that outlines exactly how all parts of the truss are due to fit together. This is a crucial step that ensures that there is no wastage caused by a lack of foresight; and also ensures that the project is completed with the utmost accuracy.
Step 4: The Wood is Cut to Fit
This is technically the first step in the actual manufacturing process, since it is the first time that materials are physically being worked with. Once the correct timber has been selected and the necessary dimensions have been outlined by the template, the wood will need to be cut. This is a fairly crucial step and needs to be done with care. This is because each piece needs to be cut to an exact measurement so that the truss will fit together properly once completed.
Step 5: The Truss is Assembled
After cutting, the wood is put into the template to ensure that it matches the design correctly. If everything is in order, the wood and plates are assembled to fit and made ready to be reinforced through pressing.
Step 6: The Truss is Pressed
Not including final delivery and installation, this is the final step when manufacturing a roof truss. In its assembled form, the plates and wood are fed into a hydraulic press machine to be reinforced. It undergoes one final inspection, and if everything is in order, it can be shipped off to the customer.
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If you would like to know about sourcing high-quality roof trusses for your next construction project, be sure to contact a representative from Gautruss today, or visit our website for details.