Trusses are an integral component of modern construction, offering structural stability, support, and versatility. These frameworks are used to bear the load of roofs, bridges, and various architectural structures, ensuring that the weight is distributed efficiently.
Typically made from wood, steel, or aluminium, we arrange trusses in a triangular configuration, giving the trusses their incredible strength! By distributing forces along the edges, trusses can withstand significant loads while using minimal materials.
What is a king post truss?
This classic truss design features a single vertical post, or king post, with diagonal members extending from its apex to the bottom chord. King post trusses are often used in residential construction, particularly for the roofs of cottages and country homes.
What is a queen post truss?
Similar to the king post truss, the queen post truss features two vertical posts (queen posts) and diagonal members. It offers increased strength and stability, making it suitable for larger residential roofs and some commercial applications.
What is a howe truss?
Recognisable by its diagonal members slanting toward the centre and vertical posts extending from the bottom chord, the howe truss is commonly used in industrial and commercial buildings. Its robust design provides excellent support for heavy loads.
What is a fink truss?
The fink truss is widely used in both residential and commercial construction. Its distinctive design includes a w-shaped pattern of diagonal members and a vertical king post or queen post, offering a balance of strength and cost-effectiveness.
What is a scissor truss?
Scissor trusses are often employed in cathedral ceilings and other areas where a vaulted or sloped ceiling is desired. These trusses have a unique X-shaped configuration, creating an open, spacious interior.
What is a bowstring truss?
Typically found in large industrial and agricultural buildings, bowstring trusses are curved in shape, resembling an arch. Their design provides ample clearance and open space, making them ideal for large, unobstructed interiors.
What is a pratt truss?
A pratt truss features diagonal members slanting toward the centre and vertical members extending from the bottom chord. This design is well-suited for bridges, offering strength and stability.
Warren trusses are frequently used in bridges and buildings with large spans. They have diagonal members forming equilateral triangles, which distribute loads efficiently.
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