I live in a townhouse with an attic. Recently, a neighbor told us the
attics in these houses area not intended to bear a load, and should not
be used for storage.
Has anyone heard of this before? Is it possible for me to verify this
visually by looking at the beams?
It all depends. If the attic does not have a floor of some sort over the
beams, then all you have for support is the sheetrock ceiling below it.
This will not support a lot of weight. You could make a floor out of wood
that would support a heavier load. The floor could be any old scrap wood
that was thick enough. I did one over a garage using the wood from a
dismantled shipping crate.
Be cautious about what you store in the attic. It is not heated or cooled
except by the weather. Some things don't like that kind of storage. For
example, liquids (think paint) or some plastics that will get brittle.
If it is a straight beam, it will probably support small loads, but it was
not designed to be a "floor". In my case, I put some OSB on the beams and
put a few boxes of very light things like Christmas ornaments. It is not a
place for keeping the spare barbells or the extra refrigerator. .
If it is truss contruction, they are designed to support the roof, not any
load on the cross pieces. Trusses are made from multiple pieces of wood
whereas most beam construction would look like an open triangle
If you can contact the builder, they could tell you better whatt he intended
Geeeeeeeeeeee Ed... I was gonna ask ya to come over and put my old fridge
up in the attic for me... and of course while you were here, I was also
gonna see about putting the ole barbells up there as well... :)
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