As the name suggests, a load-bearing wall is a wall that is an active part of the structure of the building, meaning that it bears the weight of the elements above the wall. It’s important to know which walls in your structure are load bearing because you don’t want to get rid of those, it could cause a major problem! Load bearing walls support the structure all the way to the roof, so it’s incredibly important to ensure that the wall isn’t load bearing before you demolish it. So, how do you tell which wall is load bearing in your home or building?
How to Remove a Load Bearing Wall
While removing a non-load bearing wall is much easier, a load bearing wall can be removed, you just have to be careful. Definitely consult a proper engineer or licensed builder before attempting to do so. Before an expert takes a look, know that you might need a permit, as some municipalities require one if walls are being replaced or taken down. You will definitely need to be prepared with placement support to take on the load that the wall was previously carrying. Always remember that removing a load bearing wall is dangerous and should only be done under expert supervision.
Instead of removing a load bearing wall, you can hire a handyman to help you create a pass-thru opening. These attractive openings are common in kitchens and give the space a much more open feel. Call San Bernardino Handyman today to talk about this, or any other home renovation projects!