Is this split horizontal main beam supporting supporting the 2nd floor a cause for concern? The beam cracks permeated from wall to wall. I see this condition quite a bit here in California in 2 story homes built in the 1980’s. Some conditions are worse, some not. My recommendation is usually to get a second opinion from a licensed Structural engineer until I was told recently, by another inspector (who’s not a licensed Structural engineer) that its nothing to worry about. His reasoning- “its commonly due to wood dryness, shrinkage, and stress”. I sided with this inspector based on my findings and decided not to recommended a second opinion this go around. My findings were: there were no Structural cracks in the surrounding
No, it’s perfectly normal and safe (based upon what is visible in the pic). Now if those ‘checks/splits’ were to be in a different location, ie. the direction of the timber’s upper or lower edge, it may have a different answer…
Thank you for the confirmation and for the article Jeff. I think I can sleep better now.
It would be very unusual for a sawn beam of that size not to have significant checking cracks from the drying/shinkage process.
No concern unless you see visible beam deflection.
^^^^^^^^^^ What they said! ^^^^^^^^^^