GITNUX REPORT 2024

Load Bearing Header Size Chart

The Load Bearing Header Size Chart provides recommended header sizes in inches based on the opening width range.

Author: Jannik Lindner

First published: 7/17/2024

The Load Bearing Header Size Chart provides the corresponding header size in inches based on the opening width in inches. The chart includes a range of opening widths and their respective recommended header sizes for load-bearing purposes.

Chart Data

Opening Width (inches) Header Size (inches)
24 – 36 4 x 8
37 – 48 4 x 10
49 – 60 4 x 12
61 – 72 6 x 8
73 – 84 6 x 10
85 – 96 6 x 12
97 – 108 8 x 10
109 – 120 8 x 12

Conclusion

The Load Bearing Header Size Chart provides the recommended header size in inches based on the opening width in the range specified.

FAQ

What factors determine the appropriate load-bearing header size for a door or window opening?

The factors that determine the appropriate load-bearing header size include the span of the opening, the weight of the structure above, and the building code requirements.

How can I calculate the required load-bearing header size for a specific opening?

You can calculate the required load-bearing header size by consulting structural engineering tables or using structural engineering software. Alternatively, you can consult with a structural engineer for a professional recommendation.

What are the typical materials used for load-bearing headers?

The most common materials used for load-bearing headers are wood, steel, and engineered wood products such as LVL (laminated veneer lumber) or PSL (parallel strand lumber).

Can a load-bearing header be installed or replaced by a homeowner or should it be done by a professional?

It is recommended to have a professional contractor or structural engineer assess, design, and install load-bearing headers to ensure they meet safety and building code requirements.

Are there alternative solutions to using a traditional load-bearing header for structural support?

Yes, alternative solutions to traditional load-bearing headers include using reinforced beams, arches, or other structural elements to distribute the load across the opening. It is important to consult with a structural engineer to determine the most appropriate solution for your specific situation.