The rafters for the “cathedral ceiling” in this addition appear to only abut one another at the top of the rafters. You can see the gap in the attached photos. 1/4" plywood was used to tie them together. There were no visible signs of the roof/structure having been compromised. Can anyone tell me if this is an acceptable method of tying them together? Thanks.
A better choice would have been a steel strap on top of the rafters…I beieve Simpson makes such an item for exactly that purpose. I have my doubts about 1/4-inch plywood used as a tie, but that’s just a seat-of-the-pants reaction.
That is a screwed up design and connection.
They should have had a ridge beam or a bolted steel connection to counter act the rafter spread from the load of the roof.
Recommend a structural engineer.
Thanks, Marcel. Much appreciated! Have a great weekend!
Needs an engineer in terms of reporting.
No resistance to rafter spread. Either a weight bearing ridge beam or appropriate ties that would in effect make each rafter pair a truss would have been my choice as the builder.
Structural ridge is required in this kind of construction. Marcel, as usual, got it right.
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