Roof Rafters and Trusses: A Quick Guide

Not many homeowners are familiar with all the components of their roofs. Sure, they may be able to point out their shingles or even their flashing. But what about the stuff that’s underneath? Roof rafters and trusses are basically the structural parts that support the residential roofing system, which is why it’s important to have a basic understanding of them.


Roof Rafters

Roof rafters are long planks that are usually made of 2x10s or 2x12s that slope down from the central ridge of your roof and intersect with the outside walls. These beams provide support for the roof itself as well as the sheathing.

In roofing, rafters are also known as stick framing. Roof replacement contractors typically recommend that you get rafters instead of trusses if your roofing budget is a bit tight. That’s because roof rafters are generally much cheaper than trusses. Rafters also provide a larger attic space so they are ideal if you want to convert your attic into a storage space or extra room.

Roof Trusses

Roof trusses, on the other hand, are prefabricated wooden structures that also utilize a triangular webbing that adds a lot of strength and support to your roofing system. Because they come to the jobsite already pre-assembled, many roofers prefer them as they are quick and easy to install. Older homes usually make use of roof rafters while newly constructed ones tend to lean towards trusses. The only real downside to trusses is that they are costlier than rafters, but this extra cost is easily offset by the ease of installation.

Whether you are in need of minor roofing repairs or are thinking about upgrading to solar roofing, the folks over at Berry Roofing & Solar have you covered. For all your roofing needs, feel free to give us a call at (951) 900-1309 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today.