What is load bearing wall?

Definition:- A wall which is constructed to carries weight of the building (slab or other elements of building) and distributes that load onto building’s foundation is called Load Bearing wall.

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Load Bearing wall

These walls carry weight of roof system, Roof trusses rest on these walls and create a continuous plane all the way down to the building’s foundation. Load bearing walls which are easiest to identify are home’s exterior walls.

In most residential walls, a 2nd set of load bearing walls, one on each floor, exists along center-line of home. In the basement this wall is created by a metal beam. Directly above metal beam on 1st and 2nd floors, a wall down the middle of home also helps support roof truss weight.


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