Roof Truss Support

Old 12-26-03, 06:08 AM
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Roof Truss Support

Hello all,
We live in a split level house which currently has 4 bedrooms on the upper level. We were thinking of combining one of the bedrooms on the front of the house with one on the back of the house to make one larger bedroom. The engineered roofing trusses are 26' in length running from the front of the house to the back and are 24" OC. Right now there is a 12' long closet seperating the two bedrooms; if we remove the closet to open the rooms up to each other, we would be losing the structural support in center of the 26' span.

I know I could put a header in the 12' of unsupported roof trusses to make it structurally sound, but we were hoping to not have a header in the middle of the room. My question; can the roof trusses be supported for this 12' somehow from inside the attic so that the new large room would look seamless?

Thanks in advance!
Old 12-26-03, 07:18 AM
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Get a structural engineer to help you with this one. Engineered trusses are a different breed of cat.

You might be able to let a header into the trusses so it's flush with the existing ceiling. The engineer can figure out where to do that and how to frame things so you maintain the structural integrity of the trusses.
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You usually do not need a support wall for 26' trusses. I think your walls just happen to be there since it is an even foot to divide your house. Just think of all the 24' 30' 36' 42' garages with trusses with no center support. I would check with your local building department since they are the ones who will have to give you a building permit for this project. A lot cheaper then a structural engineer. If they think you should get one, they will tell you. Good Luck

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