Information for Specifiers
What is a Trussed Rafter?
Trussed rafters or roof trusses are now specified forthe majority of domestic roofs constructed in the UKand Eire. The trussed rafter is an individuallydesigned component, engineered to provide astructural frame for the support of roof or similarstructures.Pre-fabricated from high quality, stress gradedtimbers and joined with steel nailplate fasteners, thetrussed rafter offers:Aflexible, practical and fully engineered solution toyour roofing requirements.Economy of materials, as trussed rafters can use upto 40% less timber than a traditionally formed roof.
How to Specify Trussed Rafters
MiTek trussed rafters are available from anationwide network of Authorised Fabricators. Afulllist of these companies is available on request fromMiTek.Please note that, unless a specific contract exists tothe contrary, the Fabricators liability is limited to thedesign and supply of the individual trussed raftercomponents only. The responsibility for the design of the roof structure as a whole lies with the BuildingDesigner (or Roof Designer if one has beenappointed). Please refer to section 1.2 on DesignResponsibility. There are, however, companieswithin the network of Authorised Fabricators thathave the necessary experience and resources toundertake design responsibility for the roof structureas a whole.To obtain competitive quotations for the design andsupply of trussed rafters, contact one or more of theauthorised Fabricators. They will be pleased to assistyou in assessing your requirements.Reduced labour costs on site, due to the amount of pre-fabrications, releasing site joiners for morecomplex areas.Quick erection of the roof structure enabling othertrades to commence quickly.Reduction in site waste, loss and pilferage of valuable materials.Space saving on site, with no need for timber storageor carpentry work areas.Competitive pricing from a nationwide network of Authorised Trussed Rafter Fabricators.The Fabricator will require sufficient, clearinformation regarding the roof structure to determinethe required trussed rafter profiles, dimensions,spacings, quantities, loadings, methods of supportand any special features to be taken into account;together with the requirements for timber treatment,extra items required (eg Builders metalwork),delivery date and delivery address. Acheck-list of the information required, together with a list of theinformation to be provided by the Fabricator to you,follows later in section 1.2.Using the MiTek Design system, the required trusseswill be designed for your individual application andthe Fabricator will provide you with the detailsrequired to support the quotation.If the quotation is successful, and subject to alldimensions being checked prior to the manufactureof the units, your trussed rafters will be supplied tosite ready for speedy erection of the roof supportstructure.