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"Can I Remove Part of a Load-Bearing Wall?" Here's the Answer - RenewVation Calgary Renovations

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“Can I Remove Part of a Load-Bearing Wall?” Here’s the Answer

January 3, 2023by RENEWvation

Can I Remove Part of a Load-Bearing Wall?” Here’s the Answer

 

Hey there! So, if you’re dreaming of a home with plenty of free space, natural light, and multifunctional areas, you might want to consider an open floor plan. Not only can it make your living quarters feel bigger, but it can also make it easier to spend time with your family, entertain guests, and enjoy a great view of the outdoors. However, one downside to open spaces is that it can be harder to keep everything looking tidy. You might have to do some quick cleaning after cooking, for example, to keep the mess from being out in the open.

One way to combat this is by creating a semi-open layout that still feels airy and open, but also has ways to hide clutter. Instead of taking out an entire wall to combine two rooms, you could just remove part of it to create a wider doorway or a pass-through.

Now, on to the big question: is it possible to do this with load-bearing walls? Let’s find out.

 

Partial Load-Bearing Wall Removal: Is It Possible?

Can you remove a partial load-bearing wall? The answer is, generally speaking, yes! However, it depends on what’s inside the wall and how you plan to redistribute the weight. When you want to open up a load-bearing wall, you’ll need to use a beam to transfer the loads above it. But don’t try to guess the beam size – it’s almost impossible to get it right without experience. Instead, consider hiring a structural engineer or contacting Load Bearing Pros for professional assessment and recommendations.

Choosing the Best Beam for Load-Bearing Wall Removal: Steel, LVL, or Gluelams?

What type of beams should you use for load-bearing wall removal? It’s a tough decision, but most professionals (including us!) opt for steel, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), or gluelams. Steel beams are strong and don’t attract pests, but they’re heavy and hard to maneuver. LVL is stronger and more durable than traditional lumber, and has more consistent load-bearing capacity. If you’re unsure which beam is best for you, it’s a good idea to consult with a load-bearing wall removal contractor. Our team has loads of experience with beam installation and will be able to give you an accurate recommendation based on your needs. Plus, we work efficiently so we won’t disrupt your life for too long!

The Importance of Professional Load-Bearing Wall Removal Services

Thinking about taking on a load-bearing wall removal project yourself to save some cash? Think again. Sure, it may seem easy on paper, but in reality it takes a lot of skill and precision to get everything right the first time. Plus, small mistakes can lead to big problems down the road – like cracks in your walls and ceilings. That’s why it’s best to hire a professional load-bearing wall removal company. And no, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We offer expert service and affordable prices because we do all the work ourselves and specialize solely in load-bearing wall removals and beam replacements. No need to worry about anything except getting in touch with us for a free estimate

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