Truss Loft Conversions

The majority of houses built from 1964 generally incorporates a “Trussed Roof” the most common truss used is a Fink 7 node truss this particular truss comprises of tension webbing and compression webbing, the integral webbing timbers should not be removed under any circumstances until your roof has been upgraded with new supports in place (i.e. steel mainly) then the tension/compression webbing can be carefully removed as your loft conversion progresses. Truss loft conversions can be more slightly more demanding than a traditional attic loft conversion due to the framework being in place, but this is overcome and can be converted. The minimum height required for a truss rafter roof loft conversion in ideally 2.4m, or more, the measurement should be from the ceiling joist to the underside of the truss (as in the diagram shown)Truss loft conversionsTruss roofs have ‘W’ shaped rafters that support loads of the floor and the roof structure, meaning you are not left with a lot of space to convert for a loft conversion. The ‘W’ frame occupies the practical floor space which you would like to create.

Truss rafter roofs have proved to be an efficient, economical and safe method for Dormer & Velux Loft Conversionssupporting roofs, and can be supplied in a pre-fabricated room in roof trusses, however more often than not your home would have a standard 7 node truss, truss rafters are manufactured by specialist timber engineering companies, therefore manufactures of truss farter roofs are in a great position to assist architects with computer-aided design to offer affordable solutions throughout the building industry.

Trusses are designed in accordance with the Code of practice, BS 5268: Part 3, and the relevant Building Regulations. A standard truss can be designed to a maximum of 11 meters in 35mm timber, and up to 15 meters in 47mm timber, spans greater of these can be designed but are often supplied as multiple trusses fixed together.

Generally, trusses are made for a range of roof pitches of 15° to 40°, trusses can be fabricated and supplied outside this range, it should be taken into account Stunning Velux loft conversion in Manchestervery shallow pitches due to deflection issues. The timber used to create a truss rafter is stress graded which must comply with current British Standards. The spacing of a truss rafter is normally at 600mm centres but can also be positioned at 450mm or 400mm to support heavier loads.

Don’t be put off a loft conversion with having a truss roof, truss rafters support the roof by distributing weight throughout, as your roof is getting upgraded with structural timber, sections of the compression and tension bracing can be removed, only when all upgrades and new roof support is in place can all the bracing be removed, if taken out to early it can cause devastating results, therefore converting a trussed rafter roof is not for the DIYer it should be left to professional loft conversion companies.

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