What is the average life expectancy of wood floor trusses?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Wood floor trusses can be expected to last as long as the home itself (100+ years), if maintained in a stable, reasonabley dry environment. Moisture from excessive humidity, condensation, or plumbing leaks, along with termites are the problems that can shorten a floor truss life. Trusses for upper floors can be expected to fare better than ground floor trusses over a crawl space open to the ground.

    Here’s an example below of floor trusses exposed over wet ground, which will shorten their lifespan.

    Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see our blog post How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful? 

    Also, see our blog post What is the minimum height above ground for wood floor joists, trusses, and girders/beams?

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about STRUCTURE AND ROOMS:

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What causes dark or light "ghost" lines on ceilings and walls?

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What is the difference between a carport and a garage? 

What are simple ways to find the cause of a ceiling stain?

What is the minimum size of habitable rooms in a house according to the building code? 

Why is my garage ceiling sagging? 

How can I identify what kind of wood flooring I am looking at?

Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

What is the minimum ceiling height for rooms in a house? 

Why are there score line grooves in the concrete floor of the garage?

How much can I cut out of a floor joist? 

How can I tell if my floors are sloping?

Why do the floors slope in this old house? 

What are the common problems when a homeowner converts a garage to conditioned living space, such as a family room?

• How can I tell if a wall is load-bearing? Which walls can I take out? 

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