The design of your log or timber frame home depends largely on the truss systems when creating an open-concept, exposed log or timber design that are naturally beautiful.
Aside from the aesthetics, they provide the design for a strong, sturdy log or timber frame home. Let’s have a look at two of the most common trusses in log and timber home building.
King Post Trusses
The King Post Trusses consist of two diagonal members that meet at the apex of the truss, one horizontal beam that serves to tie the bottom end of the diagonals together, and the king post which connects the apex to the horizontal beam below.
In some cases, a King Post Truss does can be reinforced with steel plate. The handcrafted log trusses are naturally strong and beautiful, while the steel plated trusses tend to be more aesthetic to match a “steel plated theme” around the structure.
Steel Plate Reinforcements on Trusses
Queen Post Trusses
The Queen Post Trusses have two principal rafters and two vertical queen posts.The queen post truss extends the span, and combined with spliced joints in the longer members extends the useful span for trusses of these types.
A Queen Post Truss is used when a larger span of over 35 feet is needed to be covered. This system transfers the weight load of the roof to the eave posts, which allow for a clean open space in the floor plan.
This type of system provides exceptional structural support and can be combined with other types of roof truss systems.