I just moved into a single story ranch house here in florida that is CBS. I have an 8ft slider opening to the back yard. There is a 36 inch wide window next to the door seperated by 12 inches of concrete block. I want to put in a 16 foot french door to replace both the window and 8 ft slider. Ive had 3 contractors tell me 3 different things about the concrete tie beam:
I don't need to reinforce the beam because 16ft isn't long enough to make it sag since it's already reinforced with rebar.
I need to reinforce the beam becuase 16ft is too long.
Not only do I need to reinforce the beam but I also need to reinforce the truss attached to beam.
I want to do things right. It's my first home and selling it is not my intention.
Is this just simply a case of more is better than less?
I also had someone say that the whole beam needs to be replaced with one that is made to be 16ft long without a support. That way I wont have to do anything to the truss.
Am I going to have to get a structural engineer? Don't these guys do this all the time?