How Do I Know If A Wall Is Load Bearing?

How can you tell the difference between a load bearing and non load bearing wall?

If the beams in your basement or attic go directly into the concrete foundation and are perpendicular to them, they are most likely load-bearing.

On the other hand, non-load bearing walls are placed inside the house and do not support any structural weight of the building..

How much does it cost to find out if a wall is load bearing?

The cost to hire a structural engineer for a load-bearing wall analysis is $300 to $1,000, depending on the complexity of the project.

How can you tell if its a supporting wall?

If you can see the floor joists, either from the basement looking up to the first floor, or from the attic looking down to the floor below, note their direction. A load-bearing wall will often be perpendicular to floor joists.

Who can tell me if a wall is load bearing?

Identify walls in the center of a building. And since the weight of a structure is transferred from floor to floor all the way to the foundation, load-bearing walls are usually built right above other load-bearing walls. So if there are walls in the same spot on each floor of your house, they are likely load bearing.