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Old 10-16-2006, 07:33 PM   #1
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Greetings.... I am about to GC my own 1300 sq ft one story home. As simple of a design as you can get.... 26'x50' 6/12 roof with no hips or valleys, on a cinder block (split face) crawl space foundation with a metal roof. Many moons ago I helped frame houses for my custom home builder uncle and I've always been partial to stick built. I currently work for a national homebuilder (in sales) and everything is trusses and panelized. Based solely on cost (labor & material) which method of building do ya'll think will come out cheaper? I am building in South Carolina by the way and plan on getting materials either way from Stock building supplies. Thanks in advance for any comments or advice and I hope I wasn't too long winded for my first post.
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Obviously, the cost difference between conventional framing and structural building components comes down to labor and waste. With building components, your waste is minimized and if you know how to install them, your labor.
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I assume by your selections that you are coastal or within high wind zones. Good choices for construction and I could add some details.

Fabbed trusses are designed by engineers and fabricated by approved manufacturers, best for insurance. Personally, I would design and build my own using bypass construction, epoxies and bolts. Pass the design through a PE and the ins. co. may give you a break.
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We've done it both ways many times, and the honest answer is unless your upto snuff and doing hand cut rafters on a regular basis, it takes time to figure them out and get them perfect, and time equals money. More times than not we just use trusses and once all the dust settles it becomes a wash since the added expense of the trusses is offset with the speedy installation time compared to hand framing rafters.

For what you have look at it this way-how long will it take you to measure/layout the rafter, fit it to be sure everything is tight joint wise, then duplicate it for the remaining 37/38 rafters you will need. I promise before your half way done cutting rafters I/we will have set your entire house and be ready for sheathing.

Boils down to..what's your time worth. The trusses are already pre engineered, stamped and ready to install. Rafters costs less material wise but naturally take longer to cut install.
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One of the great advantages of rafters is that you can use a slope of 8 in 12 or higher and create a usable space for little money, whether you finish it now or later.
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One of the great advantages of rafters is that you can use a slope of 8 in 12 or higher and create a usable space for little money, whether you finish it now or later.
I could have a truss designed to do the same and more for equal or less money.
Of course when you live in a fast growth area that favors trusses, have access to 5 or 6 truss shops, and residential crane services, (small cranes), cutting an entire roof seems obsolete.
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Stick frame it if you know how. I really believe you get a nicer roof doing it conventionally. Many times depending on the truss company you can get some really bad waves in the roofslope. On long straight gables and depending on the roofing material, dips or waves can really stand out. I am not so sure about the current situation, but it used to be that almost all your high dollar homes were still stacked conventionally. That was well after trusses had pretty much taken over.
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don't forget to factor in you daily intrest cost. trusses will definitly be faster. and the intrest savings could make the cost a wash.

you might pick up 2or 3 days in time but unless you cut roofs alot there will be a learning curve.

i have framed a lot and if i was to cut a roof now i would have to do some homework.

truss it and be done

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On that home you are talking about It is small enough to just rool your trusses in one day.So that is a time saver I have done it both ways.In the 70s all we did were cut and stack roofs.So there must be a good reason to go with truss systems because thats all I see any more.Plus you dont have to pay some one to draw you a set of plans to meet your building coed.I think you would be money ahead to go with trusses
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On a simple house like that I could roll the joists and cut and stack the rafters in a 6 hour day.

When we are stacking cut up roofs, our rule of thumb is 100 rafters a day, 2 nailers and a cutman.

Sure, the trusses would work, but if you use attic trusses you may need a crane to get them up. And that costs money.

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I agree Kpatrix, a 26x50 gable would be a piece of cake. A person with roof cutting tools could cut it in less then an hour. In fact it would take longer to load the horses, then it would to lay it out & cut it.

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Most truss compy set the trusses for you. figure out your joist cost then your rafter cost then 4 guys for a day like Kpatrix is doing. And then get a price on your truss and figure 2 guys for a day to roll them.
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Kind of interesting where the debates go.....I build spec homes with trusses....scissor trusses to give an inexpensive home a custom feel....but mainly why I use trusses? Because my guys will not screw up a roof, and I cannot be on site to teach them how to cut a roof in.....but all of my guys know how to swing and set trusses....you make a mistake, you can fix it, and I know a lot of guys would say huh? We have trouble getting and keeping skilled help, so I train my guys to do it exactly the way I want it done....not for them to get good at framing so they can wander off to someone else to work.

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