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I am installing brick on a façade of my home which had

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I am installing brick on a façade of my home which had wood panels.
need to know what size steel beam is required to support the weight of the bricks.
Span to support 20ft, length total weight of brick estimated at 3500 lbs without cement mortar.
height of wall is 14 ft high , less two windows. Windows 6 ft x 6ft each
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.


Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.

Is it only the brick facade? No framing? What is the height of the brick above the beam?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
14 ft from beam to top of wall which the roof beams rest againstThere is a frame behind the wall
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Also , at the end of the beam
two supports going to a footing on each side of the wall
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 2 years ago.

You will need a W12x30 ASTM A992 Gr. 50. The beam is 12" deep and weighs 30 pounds per foot. That is just for the brick only and will limit the deflection to L/600 as required for the brick.