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Can a Hammer Beam Design Support a Hipped Roof?

Asked by Chris on January 24, 2018

Hi, we have a hipped roof but we need to open out and strengthen the roof space removing internal trusses. Is there an end hammer beam design that allows the weight and wind forces in the hip to be supported?

Answered by Caitlin

Hi Chris,

There are all kinds of factors involved. Hammer beams are tough because generally they either need to be buttressed on the outside, or need steel tie rods internally. Wind forces are usually resolved by the exterior walls or roof sheathing. Occasionally we need to resolve them with the truss system, but it is rare. I am sure that there is a solution.

Doug

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