Many times on a home inspection here in Orlando, it is common to see missing collar ties (the technical term is actually collar beam). Collar ties are an important structural member when you have a rafter roof system like the one we see to the left here.
A collar tie is that short, horizontal framing member at the top. It looks pretty unassuming, but definitely has a very important purpose.
Roof systems tend to move and twist. On top of that, the house moves and settles as well. Without collar ties, the roof system could sag, become uneven, or even come into failure. To help prevent this, make sure you never remove your collar ties. If yours have been removed, they are very easy for the average carpenter to re-install.
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Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL