The framework of a custom home provides support and shape for its outer coverings. Properly framing a home is crucial to ensure its strength. To protect the inhabitants of a home and the people who build it, it’s essential to know which parts are critical to a house’s structure so that you don’t compromise its strength when constructing or remodeling it. Let’s dive into the four main aspects of house framing.
Framers usually start with the foundation walls, which become the floor joists. This supports the home’s floor and the platform to which the wall panels will attach. Sheets of plywood are then placed across the top of these joists, creating subfloors. A floor truss is made of 2x4s connected to metal plates that support the floor.
Walls in your custom home can be load-bearing or non-load-bearing. Non-load-bearing walls function as a divider but do not support weight. Load-bearing walls carry the load of the ceiling, roof, or upper floor. Other wall framing components include sill, top and bottom plates, studs, and sheathing. Exterior wall sheathing ties the studs together and is strengthened by wall panels like gypsum, reinforced cement board, or plywood.
Ceiling joists are vital to any building or structure with a roof. Without them, the roof wouldn’t be able to support its weight, let alone any additional weight from snow or other environmental factors. These joists are typically installed horizontally and span the entire ceiling length. In addition to providing support for the roof, ceiling joists also play a critical role in stabilizing the structure.
The roof is one of the most essential structures of a home as it protects the occupants and their belongings from the weather. The roof’s structural components include rafters, which support the roof sheathing, and trusses, which distribute the roof’s weight and determine its shape. The most common truss used in residential roof construction is the fink truss, which has a ‘W’ shape webbing. The roof decking sits on the rafters or trusses, providing the base for waterproofing roof layers.
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