Rafters are a series of sloped beams that are typically used in the ceiling in a building. While they can be found most often in the attics of buildings, they are used in walls as well. They serve the function of supporting the building roof. Rafters constructed for the use of homes are traditionally made of wood. While they are tucked away in more modern homes, the rafters of older homes were exposed. One of the factors considered when using these sloped beams is the amount of weight to be held up by the beams. This will determine the size and setting of the rafters.
If you have a home or structure that has roof damage, it is likely that you will need to work with a contractor to have the rafters rebuilt or repaired to withstand the weight of the roof. Modern rafters are actually often prefabricated and available for contractors to install. They come in specific sizes and can be put up fairly easily once they are in place. They can also be built on the site and are set up to meet both the demands of the esthetic design of the building and to be structurally sound for the building.