Do all houses have load bearing walls?
Truth: It’s common that all exterior walls in a home are load bearing, but not guaranteed.
Many people assume that all exterior walls are load bearing, period.
This is not always the case.
It comes down to where the floor joists and trusses bear which varies depending on the type and style of house..
Can a supporting wall be removed?
Can a load-bearing wall be removed? Absolutely. While some people may tell you that you can tear down a load-bearing wall yourself, this is not a DIY project. Removing a load-bearing wall on your own can result in all sorts of costly mistakes, which can damage your home’s structure considerably.
How do you know if its a supporting wall?
Generally, when the wall in question runs parallel to the floor joists above, it is not a load-bearing wall. But if the wall runs perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to the joists, there is a good chance that it is load-bearing. However, there are cases where a bearing wall is parallel to the joists.
Who can tell me if my wall is load bearing?
The best place to look to find out if a wall is load-bearing is your house’s original blueprints. “If you have blueprints, there should be pages marked ‘S’ for structural,” Sassano says. “This designation will display the direction of the floor joists and will show if they are parallel or perpendicular to the wall.”
How do you tell if a load bearing wall has been removed?
There may be extreme shifting in the house and you may notice things like a sagging or dropped ceiling, sagging or dropped floor, doors, and windows sticking, drywall cracks, or loud cracking noises. These signs frequently appear after removing the load-bearing wall.