3 Tips Working With A Truss Manufacturer On A Project

3 July 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you want the new roof in your building to not only be structurally sound and look good, a wood truss roof can a be a great option. Not only does it provide your roof with the support that it needs, it also can create a complex architectural design on your ceiling. It takes special planning and care to construct a wood truss roof.

#1 Find a Truss Manufacturer You Can Work Closely With

The first thing you want to do is find a truss manufacturer that you can work closely with. You want to find a company that has worked on similar, large-scale trust jobs.

Find out and ask them the value of the truss jobs that they have done over the past year. Generally, a truss manufacturer that has been doing a large volume of jobs is going to perform better than a manufacturer that has done a lot less volume over the past year. It is not a perfect indicator, but it is a good one to look at and consider.

You should also ask for references from jobs that were on a similar scale to your job. That way, you can find out from the reference how the job progressed and what it was like to work with the manufacturer.

#2 Have All the Right Construction Documents Prepared

Building a truss roof is a big undertaking. You need to make sure that it is not just an idea but a well-planned out thought. You are going to need a complete set of blueprints and construction details.

You need to have multiple sets of blueprints. You need to have a set of structural blueprints, mechanical blueprints, and architectural blueprints, as well.

Your blueprint and construction documents should include as much information as possible, such as the spacing and design load. It should also include information about the building code that the truss manufacturer will need to meet, as well as any special spacing details for the game.

#3 Make Sure You Have a Specification Book

In addition to a detailed blueprint plan, you also need to create a specification book for the project A specification books include details that you don't find in the blueprints, such as the specific type of wood or wood grain that you want to use for the job.

The specification book is about how you want the trusses to look, while the blueprint is about how you want the trusses to function. By letting the manufacture know how you want the trusses to look, you'll save them a lot of time and help improve the communication on the overall project.

If you want to do a truss roof on your building, find a manufacturer that you can work well with and make sure that to have a detailed plan in place.