Missing ridge beam and or ridge board

This newer carport roof rafters had no ridge beam or ridge board installed. Would this be acceptable, is there any reason for concern ??, DSCN9286 DSCN9287 DSCN9288 DSCN9285

Not needed. No concern.


It is lacking structure, collar ties, ceiling joists, rafter tie-downs, and who knows what else, poorly constructed.


When are collar ties required?

The picture shows ceiling joists.

Even in older structures?

Low quality construction. Collar ties are only required when specified by the architect or engineer.

The same with hurricane clips tying rafters to top plates unless it was constructed during a time in which they were required by code.

Most structures built since the early 1960s are built with ridge boards and although they’re not structurally necessary as long as rafters oppose each other omitting them is a really cheap step. They do help tie the two slopes together at the peak; especially important with the lack of collar ties. I hope this isn’t in a high wind zone.
Looks to me like it may have been built without a permit. I’ve only seen construction like that in older structures, like pre-60s.

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Looks like a ridge vent was installed without the roof sheathing being cut to accommodate air flow. During the right kind of weather event, that carport could turn into a parachute since wind can enter the roof structure.


What Stephen said and it has ceiling joists/rafter ties every 4 feet as required.

However there are no rafter to wall brackets…if it is newer, I would suspect to see them…as Scott said.

I do not see collar ties in the top third… maybe they used ridge straps instead.

As Kenton said…

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Neither of these says it has to be used, only that if it is used it needs to meet the given requirements, structural ridge excepted.

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Not code complaint to structural adequate. May Survive over time. I would retrofit a ridge beam with collar ties added.

Can you cite the code so we could all learn, thank you.