Simpson Strong-Tie Hurricane Building Advice

By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/10/2012 3:17PM


PLEASANTON, CA –  Simpson Strong-Tie, which makes wood-to-concrete and wood-to-masonry connectors, offers advice on how to build hurricane resistance into home construction projects.

Simpson Strong-Tie wood to masonry ties anchors beam connectorsSimpson Strong-Tie is donating to American Red Cross relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. It is also matching employee contributions. To donate directly to the Red Cross, visit , or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Although building codes now require homes to be built with a continuous load path - connects studs to frame and foundation -  there are still certain parts of the country where codes are not enforced, says Simpson Strong-Tie.

In the Gulf Coast region, the building codes were not always followed prior to Hurricane Katrina. New legislation has now been passed requiring homes to meet specific code requirements.

Florida adopted a strict set of building codes after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S.). With the new Florida codes in place, homes built after 1996 suffered significantly less damage from Hurricane Charley in 2004 than homes built before 1996.

Simpson Strong-Tie, which is making donations to hurricane relief through the, also offers a booklet on hurricane building construction techniques. Download the Simpson Strong-Tie PDF here>>


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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