To truss, or not to truss?

July 21, 2015 - 2 min read

If you are building or renovating your home, why not consider roff trussing? We explain everything you need to know about trussing.

If you’re building a new home and looking for a way to make it stand out from the rest, why not consider trussing your roof? Roof trusses, as opposed to typical roof framing, can be both aesthetically pleasing and offer a sturdy foundation for the roof of your home. While most new builds typically opt for straightforward rafters and ceilings, trusses create a different look that can set your home apart from the rest. Read on for the pros and cons of roof trusses!


Aesthetically pleasing

Roof trusses are a great option if you love rustic decor; trusses are not only highly functional, but can be a real feature in a home. With industrial and rustic styling becoming more and more popular, this is a timeless style that will add value to your home with its interesting design. Leave them looking natural with wooden or steel trusses, or paint them an interesting colour for a standout piece in your home!

Appearance of more space

If you want high ceilings in a home, you would normally have to raise the roof (quite literally). Roof trusses, because of their open design, automatically give you sky-high ceilings. If you’re looking for a way to make your new home open and spacious, try trussing!


Roof trusses, compared to typical rafters, have superior sturdiness and structural integrity. Their shape and build makes them less susceptible to damage from extreme weather conditions, as well as increased longevity in the home. If your plot of land is susceptible to high winds or nasty storms, trusses will help support your home and stop it from swaying in the wild weather!

Less insulation

Whereas a ceiling and rafters would normally be ideal to add in extra home insulation, having exposed trusses means less space for insulation batts. Make sure to invest in roofing that offers insulation, and install high windows to help the hot air escape in the warmer months.

Expensive in the short term

Roof trussing, due to it’s sheer size and high-quality materials, is more expensive during the building phase. However, the strength and long-wearing nature of trusses means less maintenance and repairs in the long run, so it will pay off over the years!