Reinforcing - Staircase Framing And Building

Reinforcing is the process used to add additional strength to a specific part of the building. The example below provides you with a framing anchor that will be used to provide additional reinforcement, for the connection between the top of the stair stringer and the floor joist.

How Would I Know, Whether Or Not I Would Need To Provide Additional Reinforcing To Anything Around My Home?

If you have anything that sagging or damaged, it might require additional reinforcement. A good example of this would be a sagging floor joist which would require an additional floor joist to be attached next to it.

Another example would be a roof rafter, suffering from termite damage. You could remove the old piece of wood or place an additional roof rafter next to the old one, providing additional support for the roof.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to contact a local contractor who is familiar with home repairs, to get a second opinion, before doing any type of structural reinforcements to your home. The last thing you want to do is reinforce a part of the building, only to find out later that you wasted your time and money.


Do Structural Engineers Get Carried Away With Structural Reinforcements?

It all depends upon the project and the structural engineer. I've seen tract homes with insufficient structural reinforcements, like floor joist, roof rafters, posts, beams and over spanned building components.

However, I've also seen room additions that were built like a bank vault. Structural beams that could old up a four-story building, used to hold up a single-story roof.

Look at it like this, what would you rather live in, a house that was over engineered or one that needed additional reinforcing?

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