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Roof Purlins | Rafters

Pole buildings use purlins, not rafters for main roof boards. Purlins are installed horizontally. Rafters are installed vertically from peak to eve.



  •  Purlins are sized according to snow load of specific location.
  • Commonly 2×6’s are used at 24” on-center with posts set at 12’ apart.
  • If posts are spaced further apart or snow load is greater than 25lb., the size of purlin could increase and or spacing could decrease.
  • Buildings are specifically designed for each location.

Purlin Installation


  • Purlins are commonly installed on top of trusses but can be installed to side of top cord of truss with a hanger.