After a second opinion on this
A number of the beams in the house have checks (or cracks?) in them. The biggest is pictured here supporting a mezzanine.
The checks do not go more than half way through the beam at the deepest point. The beam doesn’t sag.
The concern is the way that the beams have been cut and where these are in relation to the checks. We were told that this is a structural issue and they will need reinforcing, but reading some of the posts here I’m now uncertain.
The house is 40 years old
Do we need to get these reinforced? Have these occurred as a result of pressure on the beam or with the wood drying out? Other similar side beams that haven’t been cut have checks in them around the house, but none quite as big.
The ones pictured are just above a fire place which may have caused the wood to dry out faster.
Thanks in advance