02:29PM | 04/01/04
Member Since: 03/31/04
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I am planning to build a small cabin 16'x 24' with a loft and ridge beam/rafter roof system out of 2 x 10's. The roof is 12/12 pitch.

Would longitudinal(along 24' length) roof bracing be needed for this type of system? The underside of the rafters will be tongue and groove pine. Would that act as the bracing?

It would be hard to conceal any additional if needed. Essentially I plan a cathedral ceiling 24' long.

Lateral stability is achieved by the loft floor joists and other cross beams, and collar ties.



12:50PM | 04/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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'Longitudinal' stability is provided primarily by the roof sheathing on top of the rafters and not the finish underneath...although a rigid surface finish such as tongue and groove will provide additional strength.

But what you ultimately can or cannot do will be dictated by your local building codes and the snow and wind loads for your region.

Check with your local building code enforcement office for details.


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