Qualified Remodeler Magazine

DEC 2018

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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espite dropping to a 50-year low in 2016, homeownership remains the biggest investment for many Americans. People expect their house, therefore, to keep them safe as long as they live in the structure, especially during extreme weather events like a winter storm or hurricane. Even if owners must evacuate their residence, they anticipate the building will largely stay in one piece. Structural products such as straps, connec- tors and fasteners equip a home to survive storms and, increasingly, natural disasters. But they need to have the strength to resist the loads that will be applied to them, provide an easy installation process and be durable enough to perform over the lifetime of the structure. Rigorous testing helps ensure a product meets homeowner expectations. Qualified Remodeler asked a number of manufacturers about their newest product offerings and how they enable a house to withstand hurricane-force winds. An increase in both the occurrence and magnitude of extreme weather events has compelled many companies to create products that will not only fortify a building against severe storms— but also give its occupants peace of mind. RECENT INTRODUCTIONS Simpson Strong-Tie produces hurricane ties that connect the roof to the top of walls, and its stud plate ties connect top and bot- tom plates to stud walls. e manufacturer also offers Strong-Drive SDWC Truss and SDWF Floor-to-Floor screw systems, which bind homes together to resist high winds and other uplift forces that could cause structural failure during an extreme weather event. "e screws are an alternative to hurricane ties and ensure a continuous load path," says Randy Shackelford, a professional engineer embedded anchor, that connect the bottom plate of a wall to the concrete foundation. MiTek developed two new products, the Hardy Frame Cold-Formed Steel Moments Frame and the DamperFrame, to help pro- tect homes from powerful lateral forces. e Cold-Formed Steel Moments Frame provides high lateral-load resistance in narrow spac- es around window or door openings, while the DamperFrame offers shock absorption through its lateral energy dissipation. "Hurricanes bring a number of risks to buildings," says Jesse Karns, a professional and the manager of codes and standards at Simpson Strong-Tie. "ese fasteners are used to connect rafters or trusses to top plates, top plates to studs, studs to bottom plates and also the bottom plates of an upper floor to the top plates of the floor below." Two new foundation plates—URFP and FRFP—retrofit the connections between an older house and its substructure to bolster the building against earthquakes, Shackelford adds. e company also manufactures sev- eral types of anchors, such as the Titen HD post-installed screw anchor or the MASA Manufacturers design enhanced straps, fasteners and ties to help homes weather storms and hurricanes. D High winds can work to laterally destabilize a building; suction forces induced by high winds may attempt to lift and separate the roof from the structure; and flooding or storm surge can induce large lateral forces. Jesse Karns, MiTek Photo: ©iStockphoto.com, musseln QualifiedRemodeler.com QR December 2018 33

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