Trusses are incredible showpieces - dramatic and captivating. In this post we'll show you how easy it is to build a decorative wood truss with faux beams. Before and After One of the most popular uses of our beams is in building trusses. Inspired by the complex framework of traditional structural wood beams, trusses feature several different beams connected together in a pattern that traditionally would amplify load-bearing capacity and strength. In modern homes, which no longer require structures like this, trusses still make a beautiful design feature; adding a framework to cavernous cathedral ceilings and making homes appear older and more traditional. But creating a non-functional wooden truss is both expensive and impractical; as it can weigh far too much for your ceiling to handle without added supports. This is where faux comes into play. Made from lightweight and durable high-density polyurethane foam, the beams weigh only a fraction of what real wood does; so they can be constructed into dramatic trusses that are indistinguishable from the real thing, yet be installed on an existing ceiling much more easily. In fact this photo to the left, which we posted on our Facebook page, demonstrates just how easily. In the 'before' section you can see that simple mounting blocks - just squares of wood, screwed to the studs underneath the ceiling - are all that keep this immense and dramatic truss attached to the ceiling. The outlying beams - the ones that go flat against the ceiling - are hollow and slip over the mounting blocks to lie flat against the ceiling. Then, regular screws are drilled through the beams to connect them to the blocks. The result? A secure and seamless installation that looks like it's part of the roof itself. Take a look at the photos below of some of the beautiful trusses our customers have installed: For step-by-step instructions on how to build a truss with faux wood beams, click here. And if you end up using our beams to create a truss yourself - please send us pictures! You can email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.