How to identify a load bearing wall. A load bearing wall gives structural integrity to a building . Supports and distributes the weight of the roof and upper floors down to the ground. The damage to a load-bearing wall can make flooring yield, cracking endings and the whole structure collapses. Before starting a remodeling project in your home, learn to identify a load bearing wall.
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Instructions

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Learn the exterior walls of your house are always considered as carriers of load due to supporting the roof. They should give extra support to make changes.

 

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Search the foundations, footings and concrete beams in the basement. If there is a wall or beam directly above them on the next floor of the house, the wall or beam is load bearing.
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Search walls interior in your home that are perpendicular to the joists. These are the load bearing walls.

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Check out the areas above and below the wall in question. If the top wall has a support beam or wall then there is likely to be a load bearing wall.

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Call a professional structural engineer to evaluate if a wall is load bearing.

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See original construction plans of your house to see what walls are load. Whether it is building a new home, ask the contractor to tell you what load bearing walls.