When considering removing a wall, you should always consult a professional to ensure that wiring, plumbing, and other elements that could cause serious damage to your property are properly checked. We’ve broken down what you can expect during the interior wall removal procedure to make the process as simple as possible for you. It’s advisable to have an experienced contractor inspect the wall so you can get a clearer understanding of the following steps, which may include more than just rerouting lines.
Load Bearing vs. Non-Load Bearing
Just as the name implies, one carries weight above it, and the other does not. A load-bearing wall is a structural wall capable of supporting the load of the roof, upper floors, and even the ceiling of a room. Non-load bearing walls are only there to delineate spaces in your home or building; they do not support the structure in any way.
However, if the beams run directly into the concrete foundation, then it’s advisable to hire a professional as there is a lot more to this than just knocking some holes, tearing down sheetrock, and removing the beams.
Removing a Load Bearing Wall
The removal of a load-bearing wall should be done by a professional who understands how the weight that it is carrying will be temporarily supported while the permanent support adjustments and modifications are made.
How Much does it Cost?
Non-load bearing walls are generally less expensive to remove than load-bearing walls. The cost of your home will also be affected by whether it is single-story or multi-story. While removing a wall may appear to be a simple task, but present challenges of their own as mechanicals and hazardous materials can hide within, and both factors need careful planning and execution.
How We Can Help
Our team of experts at Ritaj Trade and Decorations is well-prepared to handle the planning stage of a wall removal project. Our engineers will locate load-bearing walls, recommend new structural supports, organize the relocation of mechanical systems, and streamline the permitting procedure. Contact us today for a quote!