Most homeowners in Calgary AB focus on changing their roofing material to improve property value. Additionally, they focus on renovating or adding new rooms on the property. However, functionality is one of the essential elements that raise the value of any property. Therefore, a roof truss has a considerable role that most homeowners seem to forget.
As dependable Calgary AB roofers, we often remind our customers about their roofing trusses’ status. A poor truss is a massive problem because it means the roof can collapse at any moment. Additionally, sound trusses can still collapse because it cannot support the roofing material’s weight. For example, if you’re changing from asphalt shingles to clay tiles, you’ll need to reinforce your roofing trusses and joists with better components.
Roofing truss manufacturers use only the best and sturdiest wood to prop up and give an exceptional frame to your roof underlayment and sheathing. Furthermore, they serve as the roof’s core foundations. Therefore, when termites begin to gnaw at it uncontrollably, or wood rot has set in, it’s time to replace these trusses.
High-quality renovators replace the roof truss set entirely to add better value to their properties. In doing so, they achieve a roof with a lengthy lifespan, performance, and dependable roof.
Virginia Dwelling Home Inspection has a great article on the importance of roof trusses. Read more about it below.
Sure, truss design engineers account for variables. They anticipate changes to the live load a roof will bear: wind, snow, ice, Styrofoam reindeer, etc. and even some kinds of minor damage. The trouble for home inspectors is that a visual inspection cannot determine what is an acceptable variation and what is not. When designing a repair detail, an engineer will take into account the amount of damage found, where it is relative to the rest of the truss system, what the load on a given truss is, and even the age of the wood. In other words, a lot of nerd work has to go on behind the scenes.
Further, it should be remembered that all the trusses together are a system. Damage to one part of the system affects the whole. Trusses have a lot of strength in plane, usually vertically, but they have much less strength horizontally. If one or more of the trusses in the system is cut or broken, the system loses integrity in two planes: vertical and horizontal.
In this dynamic, it would be a mistake to brush off what looks to be minor damage because the defect may not be as localized as it appears; the system as a whole is compromised to some degree. Think of it this way. Skeletons are also a structural systems. Some injuries are definitively detrimental and, hopefully only for a short while, render a person lame – say a broken leg.
When someone breaks a leg, their mobility is very obviously limited. However, not all injuries are so obvious.
For instance, a basketball player with a sprained wrist can still do most of the things he or she needs to do on the court: running, jumping, and even shooting. But the player’s total ability is diminished. Maybe a pass gets dropped because of the injured wrist or a crucial shot is missed.
Further, you don’t have to be an athlete to understand that injury, or damage in the case of trusses, often begets further injury. A downhill skier with a sore knee might injure the other leg compensating for the first injury. Likewise, if a single truss is compromised for whatever reason, the surrounding trusses have to bear more weight than they were designed to do. (Continued)
If you need exceptional roofers to help you reinstall your roof after professionals have replaced your trusses, you can always count on us at No Payne Roofing. We’re a Certainteed asphalt shingles installation, repair, and replacement specialist team. You can always count on us for high-quality roofing.