How To Read A Truss Drawing Our clientele encompasses a diverse spectrum, ranging from seasoned contractors to homeowners with various skill levels. We welcome all customers with open arms and are delighted to collaborate with each one of you.
Our primary goal is to ensure that every customer enjoys a seamless experience with us. To achieve a successful project, we define it as a scenario where you, as the customer, communicate your requirements to us as the truss company, and in return, we craft trusses that precisely align with your needs and seamlessly integrate into your project.
This mutual goal hinges on attention to detail and effective communication, as neither party possesses the ability to read the other’s thoughts.
Essential Elements for Quotes and Orders:
Commencing the journey of acquiring a quote or placing an order demands certain critical particulars. If feasible, furnishing us with a floor and/or roof plan is the optimal approach. This ensures congruity in dimensions and plans, forming the cornerstone of a harmonious collaboration. While more complex projects entail additional details for comprehensive designs, the fundamental elements encompass:
- Full Customer Name and Business Name
- Phone Number and Email Address
- Project Location
- Building Type and Purpose
- Building Size or Truss Specifications (Span and Quantity)
- Truss Spacing
- Roof Pitch
- Overhang, Tail, or Soffit Width
- Roof and Ceiling Material
- Requirement to Match Existing Roof
Significance of Customer Information: Every quote is associated with a unique number and file. Your name and, if applicable, your business name enable us to manage these records efficiently. This information is retained within each file, ensuring streamlined processing when you decide to proceed with an order.
Your phone number and email address are pivotal for project-related communication. Your email address is used exclusively to transmit essential information such as quotes, layouts, and other pertinent details essential to the project’s completion.
Project Location and Building Type:
The location bears significance for truss loading factors, including snow and wind considerations. Moreover, it aids in determining delivery logistics. In the case of deliveries within Oklahoma, sales tax will apply. Please indicate whether your project is within city limits or in the county. If you possess tax-exempt status, it is essential for the name on all documents – paperwork, payment, and tax-exempt card – to match.
Understanding the building’s function assists us in ascertaining the requisite building codes and design parameters, if these are not already known. A simple description suffices, whether it’s a house, shop, pavilion, or another type of structure. Our design software necessitates inputting various codes and parameters to craft trusses tailored to your project.
Layout and Truss Spacing: Nearly all our truss quotes commence with a layout. By providing the building size and truss spacing (the distance between trusses), we can determine the number of trusses required. If you prefer to calculate truss quantities independently, that’s acceptable; however, we may still input a layout for visualization purposes. In either case, knowledge of your intended truss spacing is indispensable to ensure accurate layout representation and subsequent truss design.
Diverse Truss Types: Furthermore, we require information about the type of trusses you desire. This typically involves querying whether gable trusses are needed and, if so, the quantity. Gable trusses are installed on end walls of structures and comprise vertical studs for attaching sheeting. While not structurally critical, they require continuous support like a wall or beam. Gable trusses offer superior aesthetics for finishing gable ends.
Decoding Roof Pitch:
Roof pitch denotes the angle or slope of the roof. It’s expressed as a ratio, such as 6/12 or 12/12, representing the rise in inches over a 12-inch horizontal span. Overhang: Overhang, or tail, signifies the distance from the bottom cord’s end to the top cord’s end. It’s crucial for attaching soffits or support elements. While a standard measurement is 16 inches to 2 feet, customization is possible.
Truss Loading: The intended roof material dictates truss design settings. Residential loading accounts for standard decking, shingles, or metal, along with a sheetrock ceiling. If heavier materials like clay tiles are planned, we adjust truss designs accordingly. For agricultural barns with minimal loads, truss design costs can be reduced.
Matching Existing Roofs: When extending existing structures, providing accurate span measurements, heel height, and total height of trusses is vital. This ensures a seamless match with the current roof. Accurate measurements ensure harmony between old and new components.
Embrace Detailed Building Plans:
Working from a drawn-out plan is advisable. For residential projects, having a paper or PDF plan is recommended. While agricultural barns may not necessitate elaborate plans for trusses, having a blueprint remains advantageous. Clear communication via phone or email suffices, but handwritten sketches or emailed drawings simplify understanding. Be sure to specify dimensions as external wall measurements.
Vital Review of Truss Layouts and Drawings: Upon receiving truss drawings, meticulously review them, including the layout. Confirm that these align with your expectations. We construct trusses according to these drawings, and early corrections are easier than post-construction adjustments.
Layouts and drawings adhere to the Feet-Inch-Sixteenths format. To enhance comprehension, resources on reading engineering drawings and truss placement diagrams are available.
For any concerns regarding quotes, layouts, or truss drawings, reach out to us for expert guidance. Your satisfaction is our priority!