Ridge Beam size, I need your help
Hi guys, I’m planning a sunroom addition for my house in the Catskill mountains in New York. I’ve been a union carpenter for forty years and I just retired. I’ve never been a house framer, I’ve been a heavy construction guy all my life, but I did build this house myself.
The addition will be 16 x 16, with a cathedral ceiling with 6 skylights and 2 x 10 rafters. There will be a fireplace in the gable end so I’ll have post on a header supporting the gable beam on that end. I want to ridge to meet the existing roof so I plan to use a steel connecter at the house side and nail the crap out of the rafters on the house wall.
My thought is to use a double 2 x 12 for a ridge beam but I’ve never been a house framer fo I don’t know it that is right. This is where I need your opinion; will a double 2 x 12 be sufficient or do I need to go heavier?