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The truss of a house is one of its most important structural components. They are designed to support the roof coverings of a house. Thus, the structure of a truss intended for clay or slate tile will be significantly different than for a truss built to withstand asphalt shingles or metal sheeting. If the ability of a truss to support a specific roof is uncertain, a local Fort Worth roofing contractor should be consulted.

The truss is among the most important features of a roof, enabling it to bear an enormous amount of weight. It was first developed as a response to advances in bridge building technology. When bridges began to be made from iron during the Industrial Revolution, wooden trusses were developed as a means of supporting their heavy weight. The use of trusses then expanded into architectural uses. Wood is generally used to build trusses even today, because wood is able to withstand an enormous amount of pressure, although supportive plates of metal frequently augment the wood at the joints and other critical points.

Trusses provide several useful functions. The inventive structure is designed to support a greater area of roofing using fewer materials than more primitive methods. There are several benefits to this.

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For one, it provides a lot of space above the support structure for insulation, wires and pipes. It is also cheaper to build because it requires less material.

It is important to make sure that trusses are well maintained and remain structurally sound. Otherwise, serious problems could arise, and the roof could even collapse. It is important to conduct periodic inspections to ensure the trusses are in good shape. If the homeowner does not feel qualified to conduct the inspection, then a contractor should be consulted.

There are several things to be on the watch for when inspecting a truss. Inspect the truss for signs of moisture damage, even in weather treated wood. Not even weather treatment will permanently protect wood from damage. Other things to search for include rot or insect damage. Finally, the weakest links in trusses are the joints, and these can sometimes fail as well. All of these problems are more likely to be encountered in an older building. The older the home, the more likely the integrity of the truss has been compromised. It is important to hire an experienced, qualified contractor to inspect the trusses before any new roofing project is underway.

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