Truss Roofing Tips for New Contractors

27 November 2017
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Completing a builder's course is exciting because it paves the way for you to become a roofing contractor. However, as much as builder's training courses try to ensure a smooth transition between college and real life roofing projects, it can get very demanding for fresh graduates. For example, as a roofer, you have to interact with many other professionals to produce the best wood trusses for your clients.

Therefore, you need to understand your role in the entire group of technicians in the building industry. If you are planning to start your own roof contracting business that specializes in roof trusses, then the following tips will come in handy.

Provide Truss Specifications Book 

Just like a blueprint is essential to architects, so is the carpentry specifications book to truss roofers. While a truss manufacturer will rely on the diagram of the roof structure to be implemented, the print might lack information specific to design considerations. For instance, without information concerning the slope or location of joints, a manufacturer will do a profile of the trusses only for you to discover that the specifications are wrong, which is costly. A spec book, therefore, provides detailed information about roof truss than a blueprint would.

Follow Truss Manufacturer's Instructions 

Once your manufacturers have finished the truss, they will attach instructions on how to handle the product, for instance, storage and notching. While you might know your way around truss installation, contemporary trusses are quite complex and can pose a challenge even to an experienced roofer. For example, when unloading a truss on delivery, poor handling can damage connector plates. Most importantly, make sure that you follow the instructions laid down by the manufacturers to avoid irreparable damage.  

Keep in Touch with Truss Manufacturer 

Once you have provided your truss manufacturer with a specifications book and the blueprint, you cannot afford to take a back seat and wait for their call when the trusses are done. It is poor artistry. As the manufacturing process of trusses proceeds, make sure that you are in constant contact with the manufacturer. However, it does not mean calling them every other day and asking for progress reports.

Visit the manufacturer's workshop once in a while during the production process for perspective. Notably, maintaining communication and visits ensures that the final product is manufactured as per the correct specifications stated in both the truss specification book and blueprint.

To learn more about truss roofing, contact local roof truss suppliers.