More and more homeowners are adopting engineered floor trusses for flooring designs because of the versatility and benefits of floor trusses, for instance, ease of installation and reduced cost of ownership. Moreover, the open space that is created between a web of trusses, which is typically used for electrical and plumbing runs, provides immense benefits for modern home designs. Notably, floor trusses support the weight of an entire building, particularly in a multi-storey building well because of their geometrical strength. Some of the parts that make up a floor truss system include webs, top chords, chord bearings, chase openings, and panels. This article highlights some top advantages of working with floor trusses in residential homes.
Most floor truss designs are capable of handling heavy loads based on depth and span. Therefore, floor trusses don't have to be modified on-site to allow for ductwork and wiring, especially in open areas. In this sense, there is no need for trimming of trusses to fit ductwork. Furthermore, you don't have to cut holes through the trusses to pass wires through. Therefore, less modification in the field implies a faster and easier installation process. However, in case there are changes to be made on the trusses, then, you can efficiently use mechanical equipment such as drills to create any openings as desired.
In any home construction project, you will probably deal with various contractors and experts performing different tasks during the entire duration of the project. As such, you want to work with flooring designs that other trades can work with easily without compromising the quality of work. Trusses are designed using rigorous engineering processes that make them user-friendly. For example, you do not need squash or extra blocks to reinforce trusses to achieve additional load-carrying capacity. However, correct measurements should be taken at the onset to allow for faster installation, even for DIYers.
Floors have different ratings that flooring installers must follow to make a home fit for habitation. Floor trusses have a longer span compared to other flooring materials. For other materials, you might need to reduce your floor spacing or even increase the depth to span the same distance as trusses. The benefit is often realised by frugal homeowners who wish to save a buck on materials and installation. Trusses eliminate the need for extra posts and steel beams, which could increase the cost of flooring by hundreds of dollars. Also, truss installation generates less wastage, which not only reduces the overall cost of a project but also makes floor trusses an environmentally-friendly flooring system.