#### Often asked: How To Design Trusses For A House?

**Quick Steps of Truss Design Process**

- Step 1: Model walls, roofs, ceilings, floors and main beams.
- Step 2: Generate truss areas and trusses.
- Step 3: Generate truss members.
- Step 4: Check connections between members.
- Step 5: Check supports.
- Step 6: Generate truss labels and drawings.
- Step 7: Generate internal pressure area.

Contents

- 1 What are the requirements to design the truss in general?
- 2 Can u make your own trusses?
- 3 Is it cheaper to build your own trusses?
- 4 What are the 3 types of trusses?
- 5 How far apart should trusses be?
- 6 What is the simplest truss?
- 7 Can roof trusses be built on site?
- 8 What is the maximum span for roof trusses?
- 9 What size lumber is used for trusses?

## What are the requirements to design the truss in general?

Code Requirements

- Building width not greater than 60 feet perpendicular to the truss span.
- Truss span not greater than 36 feet.
- Minimum roof slope of 3:12.
- Maximum roof slope of 12:12.
- Maximum design wind speed of 140 miles per hour (63 m/s), Exposure B or C.

## Can u make your own trusses?

Yes. 2x4s are commonly used to build trusses for smaller structures like carports, detached garages, and sheds. The bottom chord of the truss will need to be the same length as the floor of the shed, plus 0.25 inches to ensure a proper fit. The exact height of the truss will depend on the height of the roof.

## Is it cheaper to build your own trusses?

In raw material alone, trusses are 40% to 60% cheaper than making a roof using rafter or “stick” construction.

## What are the 3 types of trusses?

Common types of roof truss

- King Post truss. A king post truss is typically used for short spans.
- Queen Post truss. A queen post truss is typically a vertical upright with two triangles either side.
- Fink truss.
- Double Pitch Profile truss.
- Mono Pitch Truss.
- Scissor Truss (also known as Vaulted Truss)
- Raised Tie Truss.

## How far apart should trusses be?

Roof trusses should be 24” apart, on center. Trusses are allowed to be closer together, at either 12” or 16” on center, but building codes allow for 24” on center spacing without using heavier duty fasteners for truss to wall connections.

## What is the simplest truss?

Simple truss The simplest form of a truss is one single triangle. This type of truss is seen in a framed roof consisting of rafters and a ceiling joist, and in other mechanical structures such as bicycles and aircraft.

## Can roof trusses be built on site?

A typical home roof construction is composed of multiple trusses spaced out evenly over a span extending from one end of the house to the opposite end. Unlike stick-built rafter construction that is done on-site, most trusses are made in a factory and delivered to the work site ready for installation.

## What is the maximum span for roof trusses?

A roof truss can span up to 80′ without support, however in any home that distance would be impractical and incredibly costly. Trusses are designed to span spaces without interior supports, and spans of up to 40′ are the most common in today’s homes.

## What size lumber is used for trusses?

Trusses only use 2×4 lumber and are constructed using a “web” of 2x4s for strength. Rafters simply rely on a center ridge beam and the outside walls for support.