April Sponsored Content by: Simpson Strong-Tie

New Decorative Hardware Brings Strength and Beauty to Outdoor Living Structures 

Outdoor Accents® decorative hardware is a new line of connectors and fasteners from Simpson Strong-Tie that provides both design elegance and structural strength to custom outdoor living structures. This load-rated, patent-pending hardware accommodates 4x and 6x lumber sizes, providing the flexibility installers and Designers need when designing and building custom outdoor structures.

The new mission style connectors, which include post bases, strap ties and angles, are made from galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for corrosion protection. The fasteners are all exterior rated and also feature a black powder-coat finish.

A key feature of Outdoor Accents is an innovative hex-head washer that is used with a structural wood screw to offer the look of a bolted connection with the installation ease of a screw. The patent-pending design of the washer makes for an easier and significantly faster installation compared to through-bolting. It is code listed (IAPMO UES ER-192) and is designed exclusively to help fasten Outdoor Accents post bases, T and L straps, and angles.

“We are excited to offer our customers such an attractive hardware line that combines easy installation with load strength,” said Sam Hensen, vice president and general manager for Connectors and Lateral Systems.

 Key features of Outdoor Accents:

  • Post bases secure wood columns to concrete, while providing a 1″ standoff height that helps reduce decay
  • Flat T and L strap ties bring decorative appeal and lateral strength to outdoor living spaces as well as indoor projects
  • Fastener and washer create decorative bolt-like connections, but install with the ease of a screw and without predrilling
  • Structural strength tested and approved to meet stringent building codes for high-wind or seismic conditions
  • Galvanized steel with a black powder coat provides corrosion protection
  • Patent-pending design facilitates easy installation

Visit strongtie.com/outdooraccents to watch a video and learn more about Outdoor Accents hardware.

Attention New Jersey NADRA Members!

January 10. 2012 | Simpson Strong-Tie is holding a workshop in Cherry Hill, NJ on Thursday, January 19th.

What: Simpson Strong-Tie 2012 Deck and Porch Workshop
Registration: 8:30am

Online: www.strongtie.com/workshops
By Phone: Call 800.999.5099 and ask for ext 4016
By Fax: Fax the info found HERE to 614.876.1631

Workshop: 9:00am – 3:30pm Lunch Provided
About: (For a full description and registration form, click HERE.) The free workshop is designed for Architects, Engineers, Specifiers, Distributors, Sealers, Building Inspectors, Home Inspectors, Contractors & deck Builders. Meet with fellow NADRA members on Jan 19th in Cherry Hill for a chance to network with other industry professionals.

Links:
Registration Form
Itinerary

DeckTools® Offering Free Webinar on 5/7/10

Seeing is buying…

April 30, 2010 | Imagine showing a prospective customer a picture of their dream deck — and not just a drawing or sketch, but a realistic, full-color, 3D image they can look at from any angle. DeckTools®, a sales, design and estimating software program for decks, makes it easy for deck builders and suppliers to create one-of-kind deck designs right from their laptops.

Customize nearly every detail, from the deck shape and railings to materials, connectors and fasteners, while quickly generating plans, proposals and material lists. DeckTools® users are seeing 30% increases in their closing rates and 40% increases in the overall sale price of deck packages with DeckTools®.

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