Timber Engineering Europe Ltd.
Trussed rafters - Roof Trusses
Trussed Rafters are now specified for the majority of domestic roofs constructed in most countries that use timber frame.
The trussed rafter is an individually designed component, engineered to provide a structural frame for the support of a roof
or similar structures.
Pre-fabricated from high quality, stress graded timbers and joined with steel nail-plate fasteners, the trussed rafter
offers a "flexible, practical, and fully engineered solution to your roofing requirements"
materials, as trussed rafters can use up to 40% less timber than a traditionally formed roof. Reduced labour costs on site,
due to the amount of prefabrication, releasing site joiners for more complex areas. Quick erecting of the roof structure,
enabling other trades to commence quickly. Reduction in site waste, loss and pilferage of valuable materials. Space saving
on site, with no need for timber storage or carpentry work areas.
Why choose trussed rafters?
Trussed rafters are individually designed components made from kiln-dried, strength-graded timber joined together with
steel nailplates. They provide a structural framework to support the roof fabric, ceilings and /or floors.
Trussed rafters can be used on a wide range of building types including timber frame, masonry and steel frame. Although most
commonly used for domestic housing they are increasingly chosen for commercial and industrial buildings such as offices,
shops, hotels and leisure centres.
Trussed rafters stand out as a sophisticated and highly-engineered product, with superior fabrication underpinned by high
They are more flexible and more cost effective than many other methods of roof construction.
Benefits of Trussed Rafters
Suitable for a wide range of roof structures and building types Speed of construction allows just-in-time delivery to site
Space saving - no on-site storage area required Prefabricated components mean reduced labour costs Up to 40% more energy
efficient than traditional construction methods 40% less timber required using trusses than traditional roofs require More
thermally efficient than alternative materials such as aluminium, steel or concrete Made of timber, the only truly renewable
building resource Low-tech manufacturing process reduces emissions and pollution Minimal environmental impact from installation.
Trussed rafters - a versatile solution
Trussed rafters play an increasingly important role in small to medium sizes commercial buildings such as hotels, schools,
supermarkets etc. Architectural preference for pitched roofs, the ability to produce long spans, and the fact that they can
be used on timber frame, masonry and steel framed buildings increasingly means that trussed rafters provide an ideal solution
to roofing commercial buildings.