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5 Different Types of Trusses

Example of a hammer beam truss.

Log and timber trusses are an eye-catching design element that can be incorporated into the exterior or interior of a building. A truss can instantly make a room look bigger or add to the curb appeal, so know that whichever truss design you choose will contribute to the overall feel and appearance of your home or commercial building. To see which truss design is right for your next project, check out the five most popular types of trusses.

Scissor Truss

Example of a scissor truss.

A scissor, or scissors truss is created when two bottom truss beams cross each other, connecting to the angled top beams. The appearance is similar to an opened pair of scissors. To create a vaulted ceiling look, opt for a scissor trusses.

King Post Truss

Example of a king post truss.

A king post truss, or turkey track truss, has a central vertical post to create a triangle shape. For added support, one strut is placed at a 45° angle on each side.

Modified King Post Truss

Example of a decorative king post truss.

While the overall truss design concept remains the same, the truss design for a king post can be taken up a notch. When curved braces and webs are used, a king post truss can offer a more decorative look.

Queen Post Truss

Example of a queen post truss.

While a king post truss uses one central supporting post down the middle, the queen post truss uses two, creating an open area in the middle of the truss. A huge advantage of a queen post truss is that it can span longer openings than a king post truss.

Hammer Beam Truss

Example of a hammer beam truss.

The hammer beam truss design comes from the old style cathedrals. Rather than using one log to span the entire length of a room, it uses short beams, or hammer beams, projecting from the wall. Additional hammer posts are built on top to support the rafters, creating an overall decorative look.

Custom Built Trusses

From truss design to installation, the expert craftsmen at Northern Log Supply will work with you to build custom wood trusses. Our wood trusses come pre-engineered to your specifications and delivered to your site. Choose from smooth or rough-sawn logs or timbers. All of our trusses are available in any of our pre-finishing wood stain colors, but we can also custom match colors to meet your specifications. We also offer a variety of truss connections like steel gusset plates and hidden connectors. Contact us today to discuss your truss design requirements.