Roof framing is the most demanding of framing tasks.
Floor and wall framing generally involves working with straight lines. Residential roofs are usually sloped in order to shed water from rain or melting snow. In areas where there is heavy snowfall, the roof must be constructed to bear the extra weight.
Because a roof is sloped, laying out a roof involves working with precise angles in addition to straight lines.
In this module, you will learn about the different types of roofs used in residential construction. You will also learn how to lay out and frame a roof.
Terms Associated with Roof Framing
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A gable end roof member that extends beyond the gable to support a decorative end piece. Also known as a fly rafter.
The board that is attached to the tails of the rafters to straighten and space the rafters and provide a nailer for the fascia. Also called sub-fascia and rough fascia.
A triangular wall enclosed by the sloping ends of a ridged roof.
A structural member used to frame an overhang.
A horizontal roof support member parallel to the plate and installed between the plate and the ridgeboard.