How to Tell If a Wall Is Load-Bearing

Sep. 28, 2020 | Written by: Lori Fox

How to Tell If a Wall Is Load-Bearing



If you have remodeling plans that include removing or altering a wall, you must determine whether the wall is load-bearing or non-load-bearing. Any part of a load-bearing wall that is removed must be replaced with a suitable structural support, such as a beam and/or columns to bear the same load that was supported by the wall.


What Is a Load-Bearing Wall?

Load-bearing walls support the weight of a floor or roof structure above and are so named because they bear a load. By contrast, a non-load-bearing wall, sometimes called a partition wall, is responsible only for holding up itself.


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