South Africans have inhabited the idea of saving on purchases where possible. Seeing that roof trusses form an essential part of every house, it will be advantageous to save on roof trusses and spend the savings on finishes.
This obviously requires some research in finding the best possible ways in constructing an ideal but efficient roof truss. Much planning, design and know-how expertise should be invested in such a project. General prices vary between R 350 to R 480 /m² floor area, depending on the roof slope, the type of roofing and a couple of other aspects.
Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses offers you the opportunity to discuss roof truss planning with us so that we can assist you in saving up to 15% on roof trusses. To give you an idea, a roof truss of 250/m² can save you up to R 18 000 when you collaborate with us from the planning stage.
Here are some key points to consider when it comes to cost-effective roof trusses:
- Use a licenced Roof Truss Manufacturer:
Make use of a licenced roof truss manufacturer to provide you peace of mind that everything will be done according to the book and you won’t sit with unnecessary expenses afterwards. Licenced roof truss manufacturers design, manufacture and install roof trusses to certain specifications and constructional needs based on certified standards set by the certification body such as SABS.
- Make use of prefabricated roof trusses:
Prefabricated roof trusses can only be approved when a rational design is available, confirming that material and truss design meet or exceeds the certified requirements. The timber must be structural timber and must comply with material and treatment requirements. This timber is usually marked at 1m intervals. Be aware of unmarked or black crosses as this confirms that the timber is non-structural timber.
- Ensure that the designer creates an accurate cutting bill:
The exact lengths and angles of which the timber will be cut for proper assembly should be clear and concise. If not, there might be charges at a later period for extra cuttings and this will increase unwanted expenses.
- Ensure that the correct Engineering Systems are used:
Ensure that the roof truss manufacturer uses recognised engineering systems such as MiTek Industries SA. The roof trusses should be designed and manufactured according to these systems’ requirements.
- Connecting and bracing details should be accurate:
Everything that holds the roof truss structure together – number of nails, bolts, washers, brackets and cleats – should be accurate as indicated on the engineering design. All accessories should be stipulated on the design drawings. Make sure to check whether everything is 100%.
Don’t choose price over quality, you’ll spend more in the end than initially budgeted for. Rather employ professional, knowledgeable and experienced manufacturers. Choose a SABS registered and accredited roof truss manufacturer, with good working knowledge and a proven track record of successful roof truss projects. Prefabricated roof trusses are the way to go as it’s more accurate than hand-made counterparts. It will use less timber and complies with regulatory requirements. Using a registered roof truss manufacturer offers you guarantee that systems are regularly audited and monitored.
Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses is South Africa’s first SABS accredited Roof Truss Manufacturer. We insist on quality and therefore all our timber and quality control procedures (SPC) are SABS approved. We have 30 years hands-on experience with service par excellence.
Contact Kelbrick’s Roof Trusses for any further questions or advice on roof trusses at 012 111 0343 or firstname.lastname@example.org