How Much Do Roof Trusses Cost?
Roof trusses are a popular choice for home constructions and renovations because of their cost-efficiency, durability and versatility compared to traditional rafters. Trusses can be made of timber or steel and are formed together to support the weight of the roof. The most common and oldest type of truss is in the King post truss, which is in the shape of a triangle. The horizontal piece along the bottom is called the tie beam, the vertical piece through the middle is called the king post, the sides are called the rafters, and the middle pieces are called struts. There are other types of roof trusses that allow for different shaped roofs. Some of these include Queen post, arch-braced, hammerbeam, and scissor.
Sales people in most lumber retail stores offer to help buyers choose from a wide variety of trusses designs available which have all passed the approval of structural engineers for safety and value according to existing local building codes. Check the certification of local code compliance for trusses that you are interested in purchasing to guarantee good quality.
How much does it cost?
- According to Menards.com, the prices of trusses vary according to your location. This price can be from 2.59 per square foot in North Carolina to $4.42 square foot for the same truss in New York. In Boston, it comes in between the prices of both to cost $3.87 per square foot of building area. These prices are taken from an average truss pan of 26 feet with a 1-foot overhang, 8/12 pitch, 24-inch spacing and a 40-pound loading factor.
- On average, plan on budgeting anywhere from $2.50 to as much as $5 per square foot. As you can see, the geographical location can play a big factor with the pricing.
- For an estimate of cost on your roof trusses, an online calculator on Get-a-quote.net allows you to get a very detailed estimate.
What is going to be included?
- Residential roof trusses can come in the following sizes: 3/12 pitch, 4/12 pitch, 5/12 and 6/12. The span can range anywhere from as little as 2 feet to as large as 85.
- As for shapes and sizes, these can greatly vary. Truswood.com has a nice breakdown of the types available.
- Total construction time is greatly reduced with the use of prefabricated roof trusses. Rather than building each one individually, you can save time by purchasing them pre-built.
- Both residential and commercial constructions consider roof trusses as an alternative to conventional stick roof framing.
- Materials are going to include wood, gauge steel and timber such as yellow pine, spruce, fir and pine.
- Sales people provide advice on shape configuration, chord system, connection techniques and the type of material that would suit your construction needs.
What are the extra costs?
- Labor costs for installation still have to be factored in. To get a labor estimate for your project, consider using quote search engines such as HomeAdvisor.com. The installation is probably going to be the largest cost of your housing.
- These prices do not include accessory materials needed for installation such as shingles or additional required framing materials such as furring, roof sheathing, soffit and fascia board.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type of truss. There are many different shapes of trusses that allow for different shapes and styles for your roof. The more complex the design, the more expensive each one is going to be.
- Size. The size of the home will determine how many trusses are needed, which in turn affects the total price. Many times the larger number of trusses you need, the cheaper the price will be per square foot.
Tips to know:
- Trusses can be used in the construction of roofs of any shape or size.
- For buildings that require extra-large trusses, some construction companies provide a total package that includes installation as well as expert project management on site.
- Chances of leakage from rain and snow may occur from use of an offset hip gable plan.
- An advantage of overhanging eaves from the gables is to help keep homes dryer, warmer, cooler and protected.
- Falling leaves from trees near your home can cause an overflow in the valley of the gable. In time, the build-up of leaves can result in rusting in the flashing area.
- Roof trusses provide vital support to the structure and in no way should it be altered or removed without consulting a structural engineer as it could result in the collapse of the structure’s roof.
How can I save money?
- Professional design teams can address any specialist requirements or unusual specifications, such as laminated trusses.
- Use local tresses instead of sourcing imported ones to cut big on import costs.
- Buy in bulk to get discounts and save overall on cost.
- If you are going to pay a professional contractor for installation, have them provide the trusses for you. They will probably give you a better deal since you are paying them for the installation as well.
- If you think you are skilled and knowledgeable enough, make your own trusses to save.