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How Far Apart Should Floor Trusses Be?

So, you’ve decided to build your dream house. Excellent! There is a lot of construction details to keep in mind before you embark on your home building journey. One of these details is selecting the right floor trusses. If you are not aware of a floor truss, we are here to tell you what it is, why it is important, and how to install them correctly.

If you are looking for a durable, stylish and affordable flooring option, why not consider timber flooring? Timber flooring is popular, as it comes in a variety of colours, forms and designs. A timber flooring is sleek, beautiful, eco-friendly and will last you a lifetime!

Timber flooring usually uses long spans of trusses for construction, which can be customised according to your needs. Most architects and engineers now use floor trusses as a solution to various flooring problems. In simple words, floor trusses work on the same principle of that of a bridge. Long spans of wood or timber is usually made to rest on opposite, parallel walls. Floor trusses are a very economical choice, and can help lower the cost of your overall flooring system.

Floor TrussesFloor trusses require technical construction skills and consist of various elements. These elements include a bearing, bottom chord, floor panel, top chord and a web. The main benefits of floor trusses are:

  • Improves floor performance of the building
  • Space between floor trusses enhances structural stability and helps speed up the installation process
  • Strengthens the floor and increases its load bearing capacity
  • Shrinking and twisting of floor tiles are reduced with the help of trusses
  • Produces less material waste during construction and installation

Once you have decided to incorporate floor trusses in your construction, the next question might be. what is the ideal distance between floor trusses? According to the local regulations, floor trusses of 2x4s or 2x3s are considered ideal to give a wide and loadbearing surface, which is easy to work on. It is also thought that the ideal spacing between trusses must be 19.2’’ or 24’’ on-centre to maximise the efficiency of the structure and speed up installation time. The most common floor depth of floor trusses is usually 12’’ or 24”; however, shallower or deeper depths are possible with careful designing.

Heyden Frame and Truss is a leading truss manufacturer, with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Our experts will work with you from the conception until the completion stage. We have extensive experience in engineered trusses, flooring and wall frames. We guarantee you that we provide the highest quality materials and timber for all construction purposes. Our products are developed after intensive research to ensure longevity and strength.

You can speak to one of our experts and ask for a free quote. Contact us either on (02) 4351 2616 or email us at heydenft@bigpond.net.au. If you want to learn more about our products and services, please visit: www.heydenframeandtruss.com.au. We offer our services all over the Central Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Gosford and surrounding areas.