Sole Plates

Sole Plates
Sole Plates

Sole Plates

Date Published

1 November 2023

Document Type



Edinburgh Napier University

Sole plates are a critical component of timber frame construction because they provide the interface between a sub-structure and the timber frame superstructure.

Sole plates are the first timber components to be installed for timber frame construction. They provide the basis from which the rest of the superstructure is erected, ensuring the superstructure is level and positioned correctly. Sole plates also assist in transferring loads to the foundations.

Sole plates typically consist of preservative-treated timber located above a damp proof course and secured to the sub-structure.

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