Rafter refers to a sloped structural component that supports the roof and transfers its load to the building’s walls or the main structural framework. Rafters are typically inclined beams that run from the ridge (the highest point of the roof) to the eaves (the edges that overhang the walls). Rafters are crucial elements in traditional roof framing systems, forming the framework onto which roofing materials are attached. They provide support and stability to the roof structure, allowing for the distribution of the roof’s weight down to the walls or support columns of a building. Rafters can be made of wood, steel, or engineered materials, and their size, spacing, and angle of inclination depend on factors like the roof design, the materials used, and local building codes.

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