Cut & Pitch Roof

  • Several clients from Margate and Thanet have been asking me on how they could construct their roofs. Many, already having made up their minds to go with pitched roof construction, needed advise on which methods would be the best in pitched roof construction; You too might be considering roof construction. It may be because there is a leak or a defectiveness of it, or you might be building a loft to utilize your idle house space, or it might just be a general remodelling of the house, either way, you are going to want to know the basic methods of roof construction. If you have chosen the pitched roof construction, there are two methods of pitched roof construction; a ‘cut roof’ and a ‘truss roof’.

    Close up of Cut & Pitch roof job In a nutshell, cut roof construction can be done with joists and rafters. It would require you to cut the required timber at your building site and using the sizes of the timber you have and the portion of roofing you would like to construct, then you would know how to allocate the rafters and joists. Plus other essentials such as purlins and ridge boards.

    With cut roof construction one will need to know what a wall plate, ridge, rafter, purlin, and joist is. Rafter timber sizes will depend on the length between the wall plate and the ridge. The wall plate is then nailed with the rafters. All rafters have tiny triangular cuttings on them to allow them to fit snuggly over the wall plate. Purlins give support to rafters. They are right angled to the rafters. To add support to the rafters and either side of the roof, collars are used. These are occasionally fitted along the roof to a pair of rafters.

    The truss roof construction method is fairly simple. Basically, all the hard work will have already been done for you. Truss roof construction entails trusses that are made at factories, which are then delivered to your site and simply just fitted. All trusses are specially made to fit a particular position within the arrangement of a roof. When erected, they are then fastened together using fastenings. One should never attempt to cut or modify a truss without the assistance of an engineer as that would affect the final outlook of the roof.

    All in all, with pitched roof construction, usually have a tile or slate finishing. In order to ensure that your pitched roof will weather the storms, all the tiles would need to overlap each other and as the name suggests, would need to have an adequate pitch. In the case of roof reconstruction, one should attempt as much as possible to match the extension tiles or slates with the ones used on the rest of the house. This will create a uniform look for the house in which it won’t be easy to identify which section of the house was recently reconstructed. Whichever method of roof construction one chooses, I would advise you search for a structural engineer in Thanet or Margate to guide you through.

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