Taking on a tiny home design and project can be a bit daunting. You will learn about electricity, plumbing and all aspects of the build. Even if you will have a contractor handling some of the build, you'll learn about the different aspects in one way or another. One of the areas of the build will be the roof trusses. The misconception is that you can use the same types of trusses you would for a traditional home. The truth is a bit more in depth. Here is what you need to know about roof trusses and your tiny home build before you get started.
One of the key points you need to know about the roof trusses is how they contribute to the final weight of the tiny home. Most tiny homes are used for travel. This means they must meet roadworthy requirements, and part of that is final weight. This means you should try and keep the weight down as much as possible by using lighter material. For example, steel can be lightweight compared to some timber options. If you aren't sure the type of material that would be ideal for your weight restrictions, contact a contractor for options.
You need to consider the environment and weather conditions you will be traveling through or living in. For example, if you plan on living in an area that has known pest issues during certain months of the year, then you want to go with trusses that can reduce pest problems like steel. If you will be living in an environment with high humidity, you need to make sure you have your timber roof trusses sealed. This all has to be considered before the trusses are cut to fit and installed.
You may not think of power sources when you think of your roof trusses. The truth is that your power source can be an issue with your truss material. If you will be using mostly wood-burning and alcohol-burning options in the home, like wood-burning heaters, then fire can be a huge hazard. This means the less timber you use in the build, the better off you are. If you are using a solar power or electric power source, then you need to consider which options work best to reduce fire chances and electrical flow.
When you are ready to start your tiny home build and buy your trusses, contact your local contractor. They can help you locate the size of timber, steel and other materials you need. They can also help with aspects of the build that you may not have the experience to handle on your own.
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