The roof is surely one of the most important elements in a building. It is, therefore, necessary to make the right choice to avoid bad surprises. Do you know that the solidity of the element rests on the framework? It is for this reason that one should pay attention to quality in order to guarantee impeccable achievements. But then, what is the best framework to better support its coverage?
Framework and roofing: 2 inseparable elements
The framework is the roof structure that supports the roofing elements: insulation materials and tiles or other materials such as slate or steel sheets. Consequently, it is imperative that the framework be adapted to the planned roofing, both in terms of its shape and its load-bearing capacity.
This includes the weight of the roofing materials. Clay tiles, slate, shingle, or vegetation do not require the same effort from the frameworks that support them. In the case of roof renovation, if new material has to take the place of the one initially installed, it may therefore be necessary to carry out a new load study. This can lead to a renovation of the roof structure and, therefore, to its reinforcement so that it is able to support the new roof.
In order to prepare your project, it is essential to know what type of roofing you can choose depending on the type of frame.
The different frames
There are different types of frames, but the most distinguished is the traditional frame and the industrial frame. These are models that are very frequently found in individual houses and commercial buildings.
The specificities of the traditional frame
The traditional frame is the most used of all the frames because it is the best known. Made entirely of wood of different thicknesses and solid wood, its strength is no longer to be proven. Indeed, this structure can support a considerable weight of roofing. That said, it is also necessary to ensure that the roof is well-supported so that it does not give way to the weight of the roofing and the frame. It is the roofer’s job to check for this risk and put things in place to prevent such a tragedy.
Rest assured, this is not a reason to neglect traditional roofing. In fact, it has many advantages. Know that this type of frame is especially appreciated for its aesthetic side. As its trusses are left visible, wood lovers will find it very convenient. This material is prized for its appearance and its manageability, which allows a total development of the attic. You can then transform them into a storage attic or a very pleasant living room.
All you have to do is treat the wood to protect it from mold and pests. You should also clean them regularly with a wire brush to remove the dust that accumulates on them.
Industrial framing: an ideal alternative
What differentiates industrial framing from traditional framing is that the trusses are thinner. Indeed, unlike the traditional frame, it is not made of solid wood but simple cut wood. This gives it a considerable advantage in terms of the weight of the structure. In addition, the joints are made with iron, reducing the load that the walls have to support even more.
Although this type of framing does not allow for attic space, its lightness and strength allow for heavier roofing, such as concrete tiles or other metal roofing. For the maintenance of this type of frame, there is nothing simpler than using a wire brush to remove the dirt that accumulates on the wood and iron. You can also apply products to protect the wood from pests.
Industrial roofing also promotes the thermal insulation of the roof. This is important because the roof constitutes a large percentage of heat loss. This varies from 20 to 30%, whereas if you opt for this frame, these figures will decrease really considerably. This practicality is based on the shape of its structure that allows the addition of different insulators such as glass wool or rock wool, airtight synthetic foam panels, and many others.
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