What are the benefits of scissor trusses?
Scissor trusses are usually used in building construction to support a pitched roof when a sloped or raised ceiling surface is desired.
The bottom chords of scissor trusses cross over each other, connecting to the bent top chords at an intermediate point along the length of the top chords, creating a look resembling open scissors.
The scissor truss design, in addition to creating rooms with spectacular ceilings, also offers some very interesting benefits that make it a choice to consider for your next project.
Here are the benefits of scissor trusses.
Scissor trusses have a low installation cost
Some types of trusses require the use of accessories, such as framing brackets, to make sure that the truss is perfectly aligned along the ceiling surfaces when installed. This is especially the case for construction projects with a pitched, vaulted or cathedral ceiling.
Many roofing contractors combine conventional prefabricated roof trusses and floor joists with small specialized truss sections to better cover the roof’s surface. However, having different structural wood products makes the entire structure expensive to install. In most cases, scissor trusses can be a better way to achieve the same result. They are easy to install and combine the stability of a conventional roof truss with a flexible frame.
When installing other models of roof trusses, filler materials are often added to close the gaps between the roof structure and the truss frame. Scissor trusses do not have these gaps, especially when they are custom designed. This eliminates the need for additional support components or specialized installation techniques, which can result in significant cost savings.
Scissor trusses are easy to maintain
Although they may require minor repairs after a few years, scissor trusses offer remarkable maintenance benefits.
For example, deterioration due to moisture is the main enemy of prefabricated wood structures. However, traditional scissor trusses have a sloped structure that prevents water from accumulating and causing damage or mold on your roof.
The techniques used to repair and maintain the strength of older wood roof trusses depend on whether the structural components are hidden or exposed. Most scissor trusses tend to have a simple layout in which the joints along high stress areas are clearly marked. This makes it easier to repair a moisture-damaged wooden scissor truss.
In addition, a roof made of scissor trusses is easier to maintain periodically because there are fewer structural components. Reduced framing also makes the truss beams and joints more accessible for minor repairs.
Scissor trusses can be customized for your project
Another advantage of scissor trusses is that they can be customized at the factory design stage to obtain a roof configuration that perfectly matches the plans and specifications.
By precisely altering the slope and dimensions, the manufacturer will create scissor roof trusses that can be installed without any field modifications and give the roof the desired style.
UsiHome: scissor truss manufacturing specialists
In conclusion, in addition to creating buildings with spectacular raised ceilings, scissor trusses have a low installation cost, are easy to maintain and can benefit from a design that is 100% tailored to your plans and specifications.
Contact UsiHome’s team of prefabricated structure specialists for more information on scissor trusses or to find out if they can be used in your next construction project.