Interesting rafter-ridge beam attachment

So, what do you think about the way this new roof is built? I have never seen these straps used in this manner. They also used them down at the eaves, so maybe they just got a good bulk discount on them. They should have applied that discount to nails though, as most had about 3 nails per side.


With rafter in direct opposition they simply locate the rafter and prevent it slipping to the side while under construction. The also prevent splitting the rafter from toenailing.

I don’t think those clips are acceptable for blowout protection at the ridge (purpose of collar ties or overstraps). The ridge is also not large enough to make full contact with the rafter cuts…non-compliant with current building standards.

With a ridge board in place and rafters directly opposite one another, no clips are needed. If the clips are taking the place of toe-nailing the rafters to the beam, you are right, all holes should have been nailed.


In addition to what others have said, without collar ties these clips would have to be designed to carry the wind uplift forces. A strap over the top could have been used in lieu of the collar ties.

Give us the “rest of the story”.
What age is the home? By the looks of the gable end sheathing, I suspect this is a “new retrofit” roof, not a “new construction” roof.


What’s your point? “New roof” does not mean “new home”. When’s the last time you saw new construction wall sheathing that wasn’t OSB or PLY?

where does it say in the op’s post new home. I did see the gable end from the beginning. :wink:

Hi Guys,
Yes, this is a new roof on a 1920’s house. I was doing a draw inspection on the work, and this was one of the items completed in the last week. The local building official hasn’t been out yet, but I told my clients they were going to have issues with it. Of course it did make it through 2+ feet of snow. These poor guys keep drawing the short straw on contractors. The last contractor left them with 2 huge piles of trash in the yard. They loaded one pile up and it weighed in at 30 tons…