It is common to read that “rafters are the way they used to frame roofs. Now everyone uses trusses.” First, that is plain wrong, and an oversimplification at best.
Secondly, rafters can have important advantages over trusses in certain building projects; If you’re planning an out-of-the-ordinary, custom roof design or want to make use of the attic space, then rafters might be more appropriate.
In this guide, we will define roof trusses and rafters and explain the pros and cons of each for comparison. We will also outline the best uses of each, so you can decide whether rafters or trusses are the right choice for your building project.