Misconceptions About Differences Between Stick-Built Homes and Roof Trusses

Stick-built homes are somewhat traditional in design; these are built with beams and studs that are cut onsite, and then nailed or otherwise joined together. Timber trusses, on the other hand, are large beams that are cut and fit at a production facility and then shipped to a jobsite; these trusses are often left exposed, for an open and grand look.

When having a house built, you may have some very common misconceptions about the differences between these materials; note a few of those here so you choose the best material for your new home, and will be happy living there for many years to come!

Misconception: Trusses are more expensive

In truth, timber roof trusses can be as affordable, if not even more so, than a stick-built frame. One reason for this is that the time it takes to cut and trim wood for a stick-built frame onsite can mean higher labour costs for your project. This can also result in delays between contractors, as the frame needs to be built and erected before certain other elements can be added; this can also mean more costs for labour.

Note, too, that a home requires more beams and roof joists when using a stick-built frame, so you may actually wind up paying more for lumber for such a design. Talk to your contractor about costs for both options, and you may see that timber trusses are just as affordable as any other material.

Misconception: Only a stick-built home offers an attic for storage

There are a variety of timber roof truss designs from which you can choose, and one such design is meant to be covered over and enclosed with standard flooring, providing your home with an attic for storage. This area of the trusses can be combined with an open area along the trusses, so you can have an attic in the back or front of the home, while leaving the rest of the trusses open and exposed.

Misconception: You're limited as to the type of roof you can have over a timber truss

Timber trusses can be used with a variety of roofing materials; a timber truss may even be stronger than a standard stick-built framework, so it can more readily hold up heavier roofing tiles, such as slate. The only consideration you may have when it comes to the type of roof you have installed over your timber frame is your budget, as a larger roof obviously would need more tiles, metal sheets and the like.