Dutchcraft Truss and Metal Inc. Staff Dutchcraft Truss & Metal Inc. StaffPictured from Left to Right: (Reggie, Stoltzfus, Tom Studer, Dan Kienzle, Zach Hale, Terri Brotherton, Matt Russell, Rod Cogan, Galen Hershberger, Adam Duvall, Matt Kay, Andrew King, Chris Morgan, Ian Archer, Charles “Cook” Dewalt, Marty Louive, Rob Dumney, Ron Willet, and Adam Yacklin Not Pictured: Jeff Newell, Dave Speakman, and Jeanette Stoltzfus


Dutchcraft Truss is a manufacturer of wood roof trusses for homes, garages and post frame buildings as well as commercial buildings. We can design, build and deliver your roof trusses at a very competitive price. We also supply high quality metal roofing and siding products to contractors and Do-It-Yourselfers. We have a full line of trims and accessories available to help you complete your project. We offer delivery from up to 150 mile radius of our shop location; from Cleveland to Columbus, to Youngstown and Pittsburgh.

Residential: Wood roof trusses can be used in most any application. When new homes or additions are constructed trusses are primarily placed 24″ O.C. (on center spacing) even 16″ O.C. is a common practice. The loads used in residential trusses consist of 1.Live/Snow Load 2.Top Chord Dead Load 3.Bottom Chord Dead Load. Typical loading for stark county,Ohio/Canton, Ohio area would be 25-10-10. Further north such as Cleveland, Ohio Live/Snow loads would start to increase from 25psf up to 40psf. Always be sure to contact your local building department and find the correct snow loading for your area.

Agricultural: Wood roof trusses are also great for agricultural buildings. Trusses can span up to 80′ without any center supports. This is called clearspan. Another great feature of agricultural trusses is the ability to space trusses 4′ O.C.. Carpenters can then run 2×4′s horizontally on top of the trusses to fasten either plywood or metal roofing. Mono trusses are also very popular in the agricultural world. Mono trusses can be placed against an existing building to expand the structure. This is great for extra machinery storage, or hay storage. When spacing trusses further apart, this means less trusses which in the long run is money in your pocket.

Commercial: Wood trusses are also very popular with apartment buildings, and all types of commercial buildings. Usually in this application blueprints must be stamped by a licensed engineer. This of course also means wood truss drawings would also need a engineers stamp. Wood roof trusses used in a commercial application require much more attention to detail.

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What Size Truss Do I Need? The correct way to measure for trusses is to measure from the very outside of the structure to the very outside of the other side of the structure. This is called a out to out measurement. After you have this measurement you will need to decide if you need a overhang. Overhangs vary from 6″ up to 36″. Overhangs keep water away from the foundation of your structure. However we still recommend that gutters are installed no matter how large of a overhang a structure has. What Roof Pitch Do I Need? Common roof pitches are usually between 3/12 all the way to 12/12. Choosing a roof pitch usually is a cosmetic decision. Most agricultural buildings use a 4/12 pitch, this is the most cost effective. Residential applications usually range from 4/12 to 8/12, newer homes tend to have steeper pitches. The steeper the pitch the less snow build up you will have, and better run off of water. If you have a roof to match up to and need to figure out your existing pitch, here is one way to do this. 1.You will need to know the exact span (out to out) measurement. 2.You will need to know the exact measurement from bottom of the truss to the tip of the peak. 3.You will need to find your heel height, this is where your truss sits on your outside wall. The height from the outside of the wall to the top of the truss vertically. If you have these three measurements we can define your roof pitch. Roof Trusses vs. Stick Framing: Stick framing was the only way to build 50 years ago. Since then wood roof trusses have come on the scene. Now 95% of new structures in Ohio use wood roof trusses. Wood roof trusses are proven to save time and money. 1.You will save on labor costs, less man hours. 2.You will have less scrap at the end of a job, saving costs on a dumpster. 3.Less lumber is needed when using wood roof trusses. 4.Wood roof trusses will speed up production time on the job. 5.Using wood roof trusses can greatly increase how fast a house gets dried in, this means the inside of the house will see less weather. These are just a few bonuses of using wood roof trusses. How Long Does It Take To Make My Trusses? Typically it takes 10-12 working days from time of order until you receive your wood roof trusses. Delivery is simple as well, we have trailers that are 30′ to 60′ in length. We can back right into your jobsite and roll your wood roof trusses safely to the ground damage free. We are often delivery in following cities Cleveland, Columbus, Youngstown and Pittsburgh. Below: Another load of wood roof trusses delivered to Canton, Ohio area. This is usually what your wood roof trusses will look like when arriving at your jobsite.