Posted on: 23 June 2017Share
Manufacturers are now making bracing products that can be used during the installation of roof or floor trusses in buildings. Those prefabricated bracing products have numerous advantages over traditional bracing systems. This article discusses why you should hire a roofing contractor who uses these prefabricated bracing systems.
Contractors have to be very careful when they are installing roof or floor trusses so that they space them in accordance with the engineering specifications. However, the degree of accuracy in spacing those trusses can be affected by several human factors, such as variations in skill levels. The prefabricated bracing materials help to eliminate spacing errors because the contractor just nails them onto one truss in order to identify where the neighbouring truss should be positioned. Your building will therefore be strong because the trusses will have been installed with a high degree of accuracy in their spacing and positioning.
Using prefabricated bracing systems during the installation of roof or floor trusses can reduce the time that is needed to complete the project. For example, the pre-made bracing materials eliminate the need to cut lumber on site in order to improvise temporary bracing materials. The time that is saved in this way can be used to lift more trusses to the installation site so that other phases of the construction project can start sooner.
Contractors usually hire cranes to help during the installation of roof or floor trusses. Those cranes are normally paid for on an hourly or daily basis. That cost is part of the cost that you incur for the project. Prefabricated bracing materials can lower project costs because the crane will spend fewer hours at your site. This is because the fast rate at which the pre-made bracing materials are nailed onto trusses will allow the crane to lift and place all the trusses within a short time. Total project costs will therefore go down.
Traditional bracing methods tend to be very wasteful because timber sections have to be cut and trimmed to size at the jobsite. This method generates a lot of debris that you will have to dispose of once the project is completed. Prefabricated bracing materials are made in a controlled factory environment for a specific application. This eliminates the need for any modification at the jobsite. Wastes are therefore reduced.
Prefabricated bracing systems have both economical and functional advantages over traditional bracing systems. Talk to different roof or floor truss suppliers so that they can link you to a contractor who can use prefabricated bracing systems. You will then enjoy the benefits discussed above.