Floors are the one part of a building people remain in contact with at all times. It is, therefore, essential for new building owners to give a lot of attention to the construction of their floors. One of the construction products that can be used for installing floors is floor trusses. These floor-construction products have become a favoured choice for new homeowners across Australia because of the many benefits they can provide. Here's a look at some of those benefits.
Larger clear spans
The space below floor systems is usually used to cleverly conceal plumbing and electrical installations that would otherwise take up a lot of valuable, livable space. The more the room created under floors, the more the space available to run HVAC ductwork, plumbing drain pipes and electrical wiring. By reducing the need for support beams and posts, floor trusses span greater distances and they create bigger open spaces compared to traditional floor joists.
The good thing with floor trusses is that they can be tailor-made to suit the requirements of both the home and its owner. The building team determine the structural loads that need to be supported and then send the building designs to the floor truss manufacturer. The truss manufacturer determines the number of trusses that will be required for the floor construction, and where each truss will need to be placed. This is done through a complex structural analysis process, which ensures that each truss is engineered to meet local codes and standards. The trusses are then manufactured, labelled for accurate assembly, and transported on the jobsite. The off-site engineering eliminates the need to perform extensive work at the job site. This, in turn, results in faster installation times and reduced labour costs.
Optimal utilisation of construction material
By using state-of-the-art structural analysis software to design trusses prior to their manufacture, truss designers provide accurate designs for manufacturers to work with. This means there will be minimal material waste since construction material will be cut to correct size. Since the need to cut or drill materials on the site is reduced, issues with theft of building materials can also be reduced.
The surest way to reap the most benefits when building your home with floor trusses is to involve professionals every step of the way, from the design to the installation stage. If you need more information about floor trusses, you can contact a construction contractor that specialises in floor truss systems. For more information, contact a business such as Prefab Technology Pty Ltd.