Dead Load

Dead loads are defined as the weight of all structural and non-structural materials permanently incorporated into the structure, including the weight of the member itself. Dead loads are considered constant in magnitude and fixed in location throughout the lifetime of the structure. Examples of dead loads include walls, sheathing, drywall, roof material and fixed service equipment.

A dead load of 10 PSF normally includes the weight of residential floors, and a 15 PSF load is usually used for roofs. However, you should always check the type of floor or roof before entering a value.

All uniform roof dead loads are assumed to be distributed along the length of the member. BC Framer® software and BC Calc® software include the Self-Weight of Versa-Lam® LVL when analyzing the beams. Self-Weight is listed in the Member Report Load Summary.


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