How To Tell If An Interior Wall Is Load Bearing?
- Joe Thomas
Check from a basement or crawlspace to see if a first-floor wall is directly below another wall or support structure. A load-bearing wall is one that contains a beam, column, or another wall directly below it or following the same course. Generally, walls thicker than 6 inches are load-bearing walls.
How do you identify a non-load-bearing wall?
Determine if a wall is load-bearing or not in Step 1 – Check the unfinished basement or attic to determine the direction of the joists. If the wall is perpendicular to the joists, it is likely not load-bearing. If the wall is parallel, it is most likely a load-bearing wall.
We thus believe that you can eliminate the wall in some fashion. To examine your condition, we recommend contacting a professional building contractor that specializes in renovation. Best wishes with the demolition. *** What do you think? Leave a comment on this page or write a letter to the editor.
Can a stud wall hold weight?
– Bearing or not bearing? There are broad guidelines for distinguishing load-bearing from non-load-bearing walls. Typically, the construction material of a wall is a useful initial indicator: Bricks or concrete blocks make up load-bearing walls. Rarely is a stud or partition wall made of plasterboard or lath and plaster erected as a load-bearing construction.