What are the differences between vaulted ceilings and cathedral ceilings?

 In Roof trusses

There are two terms commonly used by building contractors to describe ceilings other than traditional flat ones: vaulted ceiling and cathedral ceiling.

Many people who are not familiar with these two distinct types of ceilings use the terms incorrectly.

Learn about the differences between vaulted ceilings and cathedral ceilings in this article.

What is a cathedral ceiling?

It is no surprise that the origin of the word “cathedral ceiling” is drawn from medieval times. At the time, these religious buildings were among the only ones to have a wooden structure with a considerable height.

Even back then, a cathedral ceiling was defined as a symmetrical ceiling whose two sloping sides meet at a ridge in the middle of the room. The slope of a cathedral ceiling is generally the same as the slope of the roof of the building.

Nowadays, prefabricated roof trusses make the construction of cathedral ceilings much easier, faster and safer than in the Middle Ages.

What is a vaulted ceiling?

Unlike cathedral ceilings, vaulted ceilings are not usually designed with the same slope as the roof. Instead, they may have a single sloped side, a curved or arched slope or unevenly sloped sides. In most cases, they are framed by prefabricated scissor trusses.

Two types of ceilings that offer considerable space

Vaulted and cathedral ceilings have gained popularity over the years, partially due to the vertical space savings they provide. Additionally, windows or skylights can be added to transform a small dark room into a bright and airy space.

Are cathedral and vaulted ceilings energy efficient?

Heat tends to rise, so a vaulted or cathedral ceiling with a lack of air circulation may increase your heating bill. This is because more heating will be required to ensure that not all the heat is released into the vertical space.

With that in mind, a vaulted or cathedral ceiling with an adequate ventilation system and roof insulation can help keep your home naturally fresh in the summer and keep heating costs down in the winter.

To build a cathedral or vaulted ceiling, choose UsiHome roof trusses

In conclusion, vaulted and cathedral ceilings are similar in many ways but their architectural structures are quite different. Cathedral ceilings have the same slope as the roof whereas this is not necessarily the case for vaulted ceilings.

UsiHome is proud to contribute to the success of your construction projects by offering different roof truss models. Our various models allow for the quick construction of cathedral or vaulted ceilings, and with less manpower. Their dimensions are always exact since they are custom-manufactured, eliminating the need for on-site adjustments.

Contact us today to discuss which structural wood products suit your needs!

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