QuestionsCategory: QuestionsCracked 2×12 Ridge Board
Handyman Staff asked 3 months ago

A medium sized white pine fell on our house and punctured our roof in a few places, and also left a crack in what I believe is our ridge board (not beam). The board is a single 2×12, and from the research I've done it appears that:

  • Single 2×12 ridge board is cracked horizontally
  • Crack spans between 8-12 ft and is up to 1" wide
  • Roof structure has a 2×10 ties that the ceiling is below
  • No separate collar ties/rafter ties – appears to be just one in the middle
  • The roof shows now dip or visual sign of the crack, it's completely level

Given that this is a ridge board not a beam, does it need to be replaced? Could it be stabilized with heavy T straps or ridge straps instead?

The interior roof has cracks in various place so we'll likely be replacing it, so perhaps straps could be added after tearing out the roof? I have a gut feeling there has to be a way without ripping out the entire board.

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