When you are custom-building your home, there are a lot of components that require your attention. You might be considering traditional rafters to support your roof, but a prefabricated truss may be a better choice for you. Here are two of the reasons why.
With a traditional system, you would typically wait for the truss to be built on the site of your new home. This can cause delays based on how long the contractor takes to do their work. If there are incorrect measurements, the work must be redone. If there are periods of rain or other inclement weather, building must stop until the sun returns. Not only that, but because pieces of the truss are exposed to rain and the sun over time, parts of the truss may need to be replaced due to damage. This can delay other construction and your house will take longer to build.
In contrast, a prefabricated truss is manufactured indoors with heavy duty machines that are set to accurately measure and assemble the different pieces so there are no measurement mistakes. The weather doesn't have any effect on construction. That means that when you order a prefabricated truss, you can be confident that the delivery date is set in stone and that the truss will arrive fully completed. As a result, other construction work can be done, and you may have access to your new house even more quickly.
If you're building a custom home from the ground up, it is likely that you want your home to seem modern and have unique touches that aren't found in many other homes. A truss that is custom-made for your house will not only allow you to work with the shop to create cathedral ceilings or something completely different, but it will also impress guests throughout the years.
This is especially helpful if you have cross-gables or other angular designs in mind, as traditional rafting systems would require load-bearing walls and other work that would take longer and cost more to construct. If you use a prefabricated truss, that is simply not necessary. You can save money on the extra labor and extra lumber costs as well.
After considering the reasons a prefabricated truss might be a good idea for you, talk to a number of truss contractors in the area. You will be able to get a better idea of how such a truss would suit your particular house.