Consider Attic Uses When Designing Home Trusses

wood trusses in OklahomaFraming your home with trusses comes with some key advantages. Trusses tend to be cheaper and stronger than traditional framing methods.

But trusses have one more advantage: they’re also perfect for creating functional attics.

The attic is the natural area contained within the trusses and below the roof. When designing trusses, you need to consider future use of your attic space so you can design trusses accordingly.

Top 10 Uses for Attics

An attic is the space between the roof and the ceiling of your house. Many people leave attic space unused. However, the structural part of the roof can be modified in a cost-effective and inexpensive way to add valuable square footage to your home or business in the form of a useable attic area.

Here are some of the most common uses for attics:

-Bedroom

-Office

-Lounge

-Storage space

-Kids play area

-Meditation room

-Bathroom

-Theater room

-Reading room

-Walk-in closet area

Do you have teenagers? Will you have teenagers within the next decade or so? An attic can be a great place for those teens to hang out. Some people put a desk in their attic and use it as a quiet workstation. Others put in a game table, TV, or home theater system to create a unique entertainment area.

How to Design Trusses for Attics

In today’s world, people seem to really like steep roofs. Steep roofs give your house a distinguished appearance, but they also give you more attic space.

The steeper your roof is, the more attic space you’ll have underneath that roof.

That’s why it’s wise to consider how you’ll use your attic. If you already know how you’re going to use your attic, then we can design trusses to accommodate that new attic space.

At Timberlake TrussWorks, we can build trusses to just about any size our customers need. We’ve dealt with all different spans and pitches.

Here are some of the things we’ve learned over the years about building wood trusses in Oklahoma and Kansas to accommodate attic space:

Flatter roofs are cheaper, but have less storage capacity:

Keeping the trusses at a lower, flatter pitch will reduce the cost, but you’ll also lose a lot of attic space functionality. If you just plan on using the attic for light storage, then a flatter roof should be fine. However, caution should be taken with this light storage because it can overload the truss with too much weight, which it wasn’t designed for in particular. Even if you’re just storing old magazines or books, that weight can quickly add up. Ideally, your attic will be used to store lightweight materials, like jackets or Christmas decorations.

Having a middle support wall under the truss can double the attic space:

If there is a wall in the middle or near the middle of the span that can be used for a bearing support, we’re sometimes able to double the size of the attic space without sacrificing strength. This is great if you’re looking to get more use from your attic.

It’s easy to increase or decrease truss strength according to your needs:

Lumber sizes increase by 2 inch increments for each size they increase (like 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, etc.). If all you need is a light storage area, then the bottom cord of the truss will be bumped up one or two sizes (compared to if you were not going to use your attic at all).

However, if you plan on using the attic as a living space, the truss cords can easily be increased to accommodate loads of multiple people, items, furniture, etc. We can increase the bottom cord to a size as large as 2×12 and the upper cord as large as a 2×8, for example, to give you a fully functional attic space.

We use advanced software to precisely calculate the load bearing weight of the truss:

We design our wood trusses in Oklahoma and Kansas using advanced software. This software lets us input various factors – like the anticipated load and desired rise/run. Then, the software outputs truss designs that are safe, functional, and reduce wasted lumber.

How Much Does it Cost?

Pricing wood trusses is difficult because prices change considerably from project to project. You can read an in-depth pricing guide to better understand how we price the trusses we manufacture at our Oklahoma warehouse.

If you’re ready to learn how much your attic and trusses might cost, contact Brad for a free quote by calling 580-852-3660. We can help you build an attic that enhances the functionality – and value – of your home.

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