We have previously discussed a number of low cost, do-it-yourself trusses and roof systems. Use the search engine above with keywords such as ‘truss’ or ‘roof’ to find older blog posts.
Today’s post is about a special type of truss called loft trusses. Also called attic trusses, room-in-attic trusses and attic storage trusses, they create cost efficient extra space in the attic that can be used as a loft or for storage. This method is one of the most practical ways to gain space, often because attics are not fully utilized. It’s almost free space. Many times attic trusses have steeper roofs to create additional space, and can be used in place of conventional trusses. You don’t have to build the loft right away. The loft can be built at a later date when you can afford to finish it. Standard truss spacing is usually 24” apart. Truss manufacturers typically give free quotes and engineer the truss to meet local codes.
Trusses are one of the best options for building roofs. They are popular because they are very strong, efficient and relatively lightweight. They also create ample space for roof insulation. Trusses can be built before the walls are finished, and installed quickly. Trusses are made of multiple short pieces of light-weight wood. Because trusses span longer distances, fewer center walls or supports are needed. If you live where building codes are enforced, then using trusses will make code compliance much easier.