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When I bought my house four years ago, I had envisioned an entirely different layout than what the house had. I knew that it would only be a matter of time before I began knocking out the walls I needed to expand the kitchen and master bedroom. I was pretty good at knocking out the walls, but it was the steps after that that I did not get accomplished as quickly as I would have liked. I decided to hire a general contractor to help me finish the projects that I had started. You can learn about my journey of home improvement failures on my website, so you can avoid the same awful mistakes that I had made.



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Truss Roof Vs. Stick Frame Roof

by Alexis Bailey

There are many decisions that must be made when it is time to get a new roof, including whether a truss or stick frame roof is best. Both types have their pros and cons to consider. If you are in the market for a new roof, it is important that you know the differences between the two roofing types so you can determine which is best for your home. 

Why Choose a Truss Roof?

With a truss roof, the frame is manufactured off-site by a roofing specialist company. Once completed, the frame is shipped and assembled by the roofing contractor. 

There are several benefits to opting for a truss roof. For instance, it is a cost-effective option. Since the bulk share of the manufacturing is completed before the roof is shipped, the roofing contractor does not have to spend time cutting and measuring the parts. As a result, you can save on manpower costs. 

Another benefit of the truss roof is that all of the pitch breaks for the roofing are already factored in by the manufacturer. The contractor only has to take measurements of the roof surface and provide the layout to the manufacturer. When the completed roofing is received, it only has to be assembled according to the specifications of the manufacturer. 

There are a couple of drawbacks to truss roofing to consider though. For instance, it can take weeks before the roofing is completed by the manufacturer. To avoid a delay, your contractor would need to order the roofing well ahead of the date needed. 

Truss roofing also cannot be modified once it is installed. If you decide to renovate later, doing so can prove difficult if the roofing is involved. 

Why Choose a Stick Frame?

Whereas truss roofing is built off-site, stick framing is done on-site. With this method, your contractor will have to measure every board that is used in building the roof. 

Stick framing is beneficial because it is easier to make modifications to it. It also allows more space to use beneath it. If you want high ceilings or plan to use the attic as a storage space, this is especially important. 

Stick framing also has drawbacks. For instance, it can take longer to install it than a truss roof. How long it will take varies depending on the size of the roof and the experience of your contractor. Ask for an estimate of the time it will take before making your decision. 

Stick framing also requires more maintenance than the truss roof. However, if you need to make a repair, it is easier to make the repair on a stick frame than the truss. 

Your roofing company can help you determine which roofing would work best for your home and budget.