Why is TrusSteel different?
When it comes to erecting TrusSteel cold-formed steel trusses, how are they different from other wood or steel trusses?
In overall truss geometry and dimensions, TrusSteel trusses are very much like other wood or steel trusses. You will not need any special tools to erect TrusSteel, other than the tools that you already use to erect other light gauge metal framing.
But, the unique, very stable shape of TrusSteel trusses, combined with their high strength-to-weight ratio, make TrusSteel more stable than other truss systems. This can translate into faster installations with TrusSteel.
There are minor differences in connection methods among all of the proprietary truss systems. Truss-to-truss connections, and some truss-to-plate connections, must be made with proprietary hangers and clips. Refer to the Connections section of this Web site to see pictures of proprietary connections.
The new TrusSteel ARC™ smoothly-curved chord trusses do not require overbuilding to create a smooth arc or radius roof or ceiling and so can save a great deal of time and money in job site framing.
TrusSteel can save you time and money during installation.
Save money by using the tools you already have.
You do not need special tools to install TrusSteel. Just use the screw guns, clamps, etc. that you already have and use to erect light gauge framing. The TrusSteel 1-1/2" truss section is the same width as a wood 2x4, so it can be installed using many of the existing wood truss hardware clips. And, there is a full line of steel truss hardware for both TrusSteel sections.
Save time and manpower in handling.
The high strength-to-weight ratio of TrusSteel trusses makes them easier to handle and install than wood or other cold-formed steel trusses. Because TrusSteel trusses are light in weight and stable during handling, one man can typically lift and carry a 35 to 40 foot long truss by himself.
Save time - and fingers - working with TrusSteel.
You can grab a TrusSteel truss without cutting your hand - all the edges are rolled!
Unlike some other steel trusses, TrusSteel trusses resist bending (or "butterflying") when lifted on their sides. Stiffer trusses also means less bracing is required. And, you can walk on the bottom chord of TrusSteel trusses without damaging the truss. This can be a real time-saver. Please do not attempt this with other cold-formed steel trusses!