Common questions

What type of roof do you need for a loft conversion?

What type of roof do you need for a loft conversion?

Flat Roof (or ‘Box’) Dormer The most popular type of loft conversion is a simple flat roof dormer. This is a structural extension that projects vertically from the slope of the existing roof, creating a box shape.

What is a fink truss roof?

A fink truss is the most common type of truss used, especially on homes and pedestrian buildings. The truss has an internal web configuration shaped like a W to give the ultimate strength to material ratio for spans from around 5m to around 9m in span which covers the majority of domestic dwelling being built today.

Can you alter roof trusses?

A typical roof truss has six main parts. The upper cords, or rafters, form the peak of the roof. To modify the truss, you will need to provide support for the upper cords, then remove the king stud and webs. A typical roof truss has six main parts.

Can you do a loft conversion with a low roof?

Raising the roof is a common way of creating extra ceiling height within a loft conversion. If you suspect you’ll have an issue with a loft conversion low ceiling, you will usually require planning permission if your specialists suggest raising the roof. This is because the roof structure and shape will be altered.

How much does it cost to replace roof trusses?

Roof Truss Prices You’ll spend anywhere from $1.50 to $4.50 per square foot of building area for materials alone, or between $35 and $150 per truss, though extremely long and complex types can reach $400 each. Labor runs anywhere from $20 to $75 per hour.

Can a loft be built on a truss roof?

A truss roof conversion can still create a large, spacious room perfect for an additional bedroom or living space, with the added benefit of the structural wooden support lending tonnes of character to the room. Our team here at AKB Lofts have the experience and technology to plan and execute your truss roof loft conversion.

Are there truss rafters in Walthamstow lofts?

Walthamstow homes which were built after 1960 might well have roofs supported by truss rafters, but they shouldn’t put you off of converting your loft space. With the help of an experienced loft conversion company, truss rafters are no obstacle.

What’s the difference between trusses and W shaped rafters?

The ‘W’ shaped rafters are replaced with ‘A’ shaped trusses instead, or alternatively with horizontal beams. Either way, this creates a much larger space within the loft. What does this Mean for Truss Roof Loft Conversions?

Why do you need to replace roof trusses?

Truss rafters support the roof slopes by distributing weight, so it is essential that they are replaced rather than completely removed before converting the loft.