What is a truss? Simply put, a truss is a framework comprised of wooden, composite or metal beams held together by metal fastening plates that act as a support for structures like roofs and floors. The top members are called ‘top chords’, the bottom members are called ‘bottom chords’ and the interior members make up the ‘web’. Many trusses are named according to their web configuration which, along with chord size, is determined by span, load and spacing.
What is the difference between a roof truss and a floor truss? Roof trusses are typically triangular in shape, but can be designed in many configurations to support any type of roof. The ‘pitched’ or ‘common’ truss is most widely used, but other types include dual pitch, vault, scissors, room-in-attic, gambrel, bowstring, etc. Floor trusses or ‘open web’ trusses consist of parallel top and bottom chords connected by ‘open’ webbing that allows space for HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. Other benefits include reduced framing time, waste and call-backs, as well as high-quality, squeak-free floors with less ‘bounce’.
What if my plans are atypical and call for custom trusses? Younger Brothers Components’ highly skilled and experienced technicians are available to design trusses for any job type or size, from a single custom truss to large volume tract projects.
What is a wall panel? A wall panel is a precisely engineered, measured, cut and assembled section of wall that is manufactured in a controlled environment rather than on-site. Benefits include greater nailing/framing precision as well as less build time, labor costs, waste and theft.
Does Younger Brothers Components deliver? Absolutely! We maintain our own fleet of trucks and roll-off trailers so you can rest assured your materials will arrive on time, in great shape and properly placed.
Will building with components (trusses and wall panels) vs. ‘stick’ building really save me time and money? In 1996, the SBCA (Structural Building Components Association, formerly known as WTCA) built two identical 2,600 sq. ft. houses, one using components and the other using the traditional ‘stick’ building (entirely on-site) method. The home built with components took 63% less man hours and $3,356 less to erect than the ‘stick’ built.
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