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Namartia 07-21-2009 03:28 PM

Bricks on Ballon Framing
I'm aiming to renovate my home in the near future. I was chatting with a mason friend of mine about replacing the siding on my home with brick.

My house is built with balloon framing. He seemed concerned about this, because he's never laid brick on a balloon framed home.

Does this type of framing affect the structural integrity of the house?

If it does affect it, is there anyway to get around this issue?

Thanks for your help!

glennjanie 07-21-2009 03:45 PM

Welcome Mamartia:
There are pros and cons to balloon framing, as there are with regular framing. Nothing to worry about though; your house will take brick as well as any other.

Namartia 07-21-2009 05:18 PM

Thanks a lot! Much appreciated!

Blue Jay 07-21-2009 06:49 PM

Question, what is balloon framing?

mudmixer 07-21-2009 08:41 PM

The brick is not supported by the framing. Its weight is supported by the footing or header it sits on.

Brick veneer is only tied to the framing to help transfer the normal wind loads to the structure and prevent it from separating. there is no structural problem if it is supported vertically by something other than a temporary material like wood.


inspectorD 07-22-2009 05:37 AM

It's kind of like picture framing ..without the glass..???
Seriously, it is another ,older method of framing the wood structure of a home.
They have issues with tends to create an air chase from the basement to the attic and works as a really good chimney in a fire.

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