Continuous load path
Modern design and construction practices use structural connectors to form a continuous load path that can enable structures to effectively resist wind and seismic forces as a result of being reinforced from the roof to the foundation.
Simpson Strong-Tie connectors are designed to enable structures to resist the movement, stress and loading that results from natural events such as earthquakes and high- velocity winds. When properly installed our connectors will perform in accordance with the specifications set forth in this section of the website, given the correct fastener is used in the provided holes into the recommended base material.
In cold-formed steel framing, connectors such as holdowns, straps, angles and hurricane ties are often fabricated in the field. Unlike Simpson Strong-Tie connectors, these field-fabricated connectors generally are not designed and tested for ultimate and allowable load capacities, and they typically are not code-listed. Moreover, field-fabricated connectors consume valuable man-hours on the jobsite. And because they typically do not have pre-punched holes, the installer may not be locating the fasteners properly to achieve the intended design load.
Simpson Strong-Tie connectors are the most thoroughly tested and evaluated products in the industry. They are value-engineered for the lowest installed costs at the highest-rated performance levels. Because our connector save the contractor time in the field, when properly specified they provide an easier installation at a lower installed cost. They are also warranted for accuracy of design.
Unmatched Quality from the Truss to the Foundation
With nearly 60 years of field and R&D experience, Simpson Strong-Tie® timber connectors are manufactured to the industry's highest standards. From framing angles to straps to heavy-duty joist hangers, we offer the most diverse product line so that you have the right product for the job.
Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors offer unmatched quality with laboratory and field testing, and are backed by our uncompromising commitment to customer service. As the company that built the connector industry, you can count on Simpson Strong-Tie® to work closely with builders, engineers and building officials to deliver innovative, building code-compliant solutions to help build safer, stronger structures economically. Download the Structural Connectors Overview Flyer.
From testing to service to availability, everything we do is engineered to ensure your project's success. With every product, you know you are getting the quality, value, service and on-time delivery that we have built our reputation on for the past 60 years.
From straps and ties to joist hangers and much more, Simpson Strong-Tie® structural connectors increase the strength and safety of timber-frame structures. Each connector is unique to Simpson Strong-Tie and is designed for specific applications without the need to adapt metal plating to suit a connection. Download the Timber Construction Connectors Catalogue (2016-2018).
A continuous load transfer path from the
trusses to the foundation is depicted
above. To achieve full design load values,
a qualified Designer should ensure that the
correct type and number of fasteners,and
proper installation methods are used.