I'm building a pitched roof frame with my neighbor and while we are both really handy around the house and fixing things, neither of us have any experience in building a pitch roof. Is there any suggestions as to how to best do this?
Answered: 2019-10-20 00:24:46
You can have a simple or complicated pitched roof frame depending on how detailed you want to get. Frames use one of two types. One is the standard stick and one is the new truss frame. Your stick-framed roofs are using the rafters that go from span from top of the exterior walls to the ridge. The truss are triangular-shaped and are pre-made so it depends on which one you're using. description
Make sure your trusses are measured to the tops of each wall. The trusses for the frame are 12, 16 or even 24 inches apart but this depends on the size of your roof. You want to fit temporary braces that will support the roof trusses. To do so, nail a 16 foot long 2 by 6 board to the back wall vertically. Then nail two pieces of the same dimensions six feet either side of the first brace. Finally make sure the roof truss frame, is slightly longer than the required length, and fix it to the end truss or central brace as needed. description
The pitch of the roof is based on the amount the roof slopes every 12 inches horizontally. So your frame for a pitc of 7/12 would mean the roof needs to rise up seven inches every foot it extends. Your roof frame or truss needs to be placed every two feet along the walls. Input the pitch of the roof that you that's listed above of 7/12 for making the framing square. On the body of the square put the 12, and input the 7 on the the shorter side of the square. That's your frame. description
You want to find a economical sloped hanger because you'll be using it for rafter-to-ridge connections. You want to make sure the hanger installation is done either before or after your pitched rafter is in place. Make sure you know your load capacity needed for the roofing that attaches to the frame. description
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