If so this would place the ridge beam somewhere in the middle of the roof, how would you provide support for the ridge beam in this instance?, could you support it by an internal wall?

This is for a single story house.

Side question, are ridge beams only used for exposed roofs?


  • What do you mean by "exposed roof"? May 26, 2016 at 14:49

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This is the typical structure of a hip-roof:

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As you can see, the ridge board, or ridge beam, is holding up the "jack rafters" at the top of the incline.

Arguably the 4 diagonal boards - the hip rafters - are holding up the ridge board on their own, but simply for load bearing purposes, place supports under the ends of the ridge board (and possibly one in the middle depending on length) because structurally speaking, the diagonal supports are in a weaker configuration than vertical ones.

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