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I have seen that continuous headers can be problematic due to lateral forces. However, in my situation the "header" is actually a 4x6 purlin which is above the top plate.

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The original purpose of the purlin is to support the oversized overhang on the left (2'). But after putting it into the design I realized it was redundant to have a 4x6 above the windows followed by a 2x6 header above each window, so I removed the individual headers above each window. Is having a continuous header like this problematic in this case?

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    I would say a single would be better than multiples that is a load bearing wall, over hang or not would require a header. In either case there would be concern with shear forces. If you live in an earthquake zone or high wind area the county may want a engineering stamp on the design. – Ed Beal Apr 24 at 14:28
  • I agree, this would take some engineering given that there are only 3 walls here as well. – represton Apr 24 at 16:41

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