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QUESTION: Hello Brad, I have a 24 x 24 foot framed work shop except that the roof is not framed. It is 12 feet in the front and 8 feet high in the back. There is also a center 8' wall going from front to back. I would like to know how I would go about framing this roof to a low slope?

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ANSWER: I don't know how you can have a roof 24' across that has no framing. I'd have to see pictures of what you have. I can't picture what you're describing to me.


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QUESTION: Hello Brad, I'll have to take a pic and send it. But, what I am saying is,It is 24 foot square ( it has no roof) and it has a framed wall down the center form front to back (not across). The front of the work shop is 12 foot high and the back is 8 foot high. You cannot run roof beams from front to back because the center wall does not run that way.My question was, How do you frame the roof?


You could run the rafters from side to side but it would involve a lot more angles. If you wanted to turn the rafters around so they run from front to back you'd have to build another wall or run a main beam across the center from one side to the other then you'd have a support to span rafters 12 feet.


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Brad Zacharia


All aspects of residential Roofing. This includes shingles and flat (low slope) roofs. I have knowledge in the installation as well as the design of roofs from an engineering standpoint.


I have been doing roofing for 40 years. This was my father's business and I took it over in 1980.

I have written responses to artcles that I felt needed a response to and those responses have been published in roofing trade magazines.

BSEE Drexel University

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