I’m currently working to complete the ‘How to Inspect the Exterior Course’, and my question pertains specifically around the ‘Load-Bearing or Veneer’ section.
I’m having trouble determining whether or not my own home(built in 1954) is just brick veneer, or load-bearing as some of the characteristics listed in the module are not present. The course material provided the following Characteristics for:
A veneer wall:
- weep holes are installed;
- there are usually no arches;
- lintels are installed; and
- there are no header bricks.
Solid, load-bearing wall:
- there are no weep holes;
- it typically has arches;
- there are usually no lintels; and
- header bricks are installed.
My home has:
*No weep holes (associated with solid brick characteristics)
*No header bricks (associated with veneer)
*No arches (associated with solid brick characteristics)
*Steel Lintel is present (at least over 1 door where I can see it)
I’m leaning towards veneer, but thought I would ask some the veterans within this forum their opinion.
If veneer, why no weep holes?
Was this typical in the 1950’s?
How is moisture handled with this type of installation?