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Why You Shouldn't Build Your Own Trusses

Some people choose to take certain steps when having a home built or when remodeling a home. There is certainly nothing wrong with learning how to install your own flooring or adding interior paint yourself, of course. However, certain big jobs—like building roof trusses—are probably not something that you will want to tackle, even if you're good at carpentry. It's actually better to have your trusses made in a factory by a team of professionals for these reasons.

You Might Not Have Enough Space

When building roof trusses, you have to have plenty of space to spread out and work with all of your wood. If your home is being built or is already built on a smaller lot, you might not have a lot of space to work. Roof trusses are often made in factories with plenty of space so that this is not a problem.

Plus, even if you do have enough space to build your trusses outside, you probably aren't going to be able to build them indoors. This means that the project can be affected by the weather, and the trusses can get wet or otherwise be damaged before they are installed. One good thing about factory-built roof trusses rather than trusses or rafters that are made on-site is the fact that they are generally made indoors in ideal conditions, which prevents damage.

It Might Cost More

Another reason why you probably won't want to build your own trusses is that it might actually cost you more. Even if you look for a really good deal on wood, you will probably have to pay a lot more for it than a roof truss company would have to pay. After all, these companies generally work with—and therefore buy—a lot of wood. Because of all of the wood that they buy, they're often able to get great discounts. This can result in roof trusses that are actually quite affordable. If you buy them, you might actually spend less than if you built them yourself.

It Might Take a While to Get the Project Done

Not only might you have time restrictions of your own, but even if you are able to dedicate a lot of time to building your roof trusses, you might find that you can't get the project done quickly. One of the great things about purchasing factory-built roof trusses is the fact that they can be built quickly, allowing you to speed up the process of having your home built or remodeled.