# Quick Answer: How High Can Rafter Ties Be?

Older building codes permitted rafter ties to be installed very high above the top wall plate, as much as **two-thirds the distance between the top plate and the ridge**. The 2012 IRC now limits this to one-third the distance between the plate and the ridge.

## How many rafter ties are needed?

Rafter ties amount to an additional framing member that runs above the ceiling joists and that connects opposing rafters. They are generally required every 4 ft., which means that you need a rafter tie only for every other pair of 24-in. o. c. rafters or for every third pair of 16-in. o. c. rafters.

## How far down do collar ties go?

Measure the vertical distance from the top of a ceiling joist to the ridge of the roof and divide the result by 3 to determine the height of the collar ties. For example, if the height of the ridge is 96 inches, the ties install 32 inches below the ridge, or 64 inches from the top of the ceiling joists.

## Do collar ties reduce rafter spans?

Collare ties placed in the upper 1/3 of a roof( by themselves) will do little to stop wal thrust / rafter sag/ or decrease rafter span.

## Is it possible to raise ceiling height?

Yes, you can raise an 8-foot ceiling. The price may be prohibitive if you have a truss roof. Talk to your contractor about the cost to raise your ceiling.

## How far can 2×6 ceiling joist span?

The maximum distance a 2×6 can span, according to the 2018 IRC, for a floor joist, is 12′-6”, ceiling joist 20′-8”, rafter 18′-0”, deck board 24”, deck joist 9′-11”, deck beam 8′-3”, and 6′-1” as for header.

## Can you move rafter ties up?

Collar ties (designed primarily to resist wind uplift) must be located in the upper third of HR. Figure R802. 4.5 of the 2018 IRC states that a rafter tie can be raised a maximum distance of “HC” above the top of rafter support walls.

## How do you calculate rafter ties?

Here’s a formula I use to determine tie force: T = W/2 x H/h x run/rise, where W equals rafter load, H equals height of ridge, and h equals distance from ridge to center of tie (illustration, below).

## Does a hip roof need rafter ties?

A hipped roof can be designed without rafter ties or internal columns by using the wall plates as tension members and the roof deck for stability. Without roof deck, the four hip members together with a four foot long ridge beam form an unstable structure when hinged at all six nodes.

## Can 2×4 be used as collar tie?

Collar ties must be at least 1x4s; when attached to a small rafter, such as a 2×4 or 2×6, a larger collar tie can provide more nailing area. The IRC one-size-fits-all requirement for collar ties and ridge straps is three 10d nails at each end of the collar tie or strap, as provided in Table R602.

## What is the maximum span for a 2×4 rafter?

What is this? Spacing your 2×4 shed rafters at 24” on center limits the width of your roof. For light load roofs, 24” o.c. 2×4 rafters can span up to 7 ⅔’. For heavy loads, 2x4s can span up to 5 ½’.

## Do you need ridge beam If you have collar ties?

Collar ties and rafter ties are needed unless you have a ridge beam. If you have a single 2×12 up there, you do not have a ridge beam. You have a ridge board.