What is a Hammer Beam Truss?
A Hammer Beam Truss is a cathedral roof truss with an open center. A true hammer beam truss like the one shown here relies on exterior buttresses, reminiscent of the flying buttresses of Notre Dame Cathedral, to hold it in place and keep the roof planes from spreading apart. Modified hammer beam trusses can use a lower tie beam or steel rods to resolve the spreading forces.
A favorite truss is a Traditional Hammer Beam Roof Truss. Its design comes from the old style cathedrals in Europe and the United States. It is beautiful with its graceful center arch, but like the cathedrals, it needs to be buttressed on the outside or by other parts of the building.Have a Question?