Higher resilience with fewer fasteners 24 February 2023

Simpson Strong-Tie recently announced the release of the Simpson Strong-Tie® H1A next generation hurricane tie, a code-listed and tested update to the original H1 connector designed to allow higher loads while using fewer fasteners.

The new tie is designed to install with fewer, shorter nails and achieves higher allowable uplift and F2 loads to meet the building safety needs of homes in seismic and high-wind regions. The product is included in the soon-to-be released Simpson Strong-Tie High Wind Guide, a 68-page resource for designers and contractors in high-wind regions. The updated High Wind Guide features product information and technical details for building in areas subject to hurricanes or tornadoes.

Designed for nominal 2x lumber, the H1A features embossments that add stiffness for improved allowable uplift and lateral loads. In addition to providing strength and versatility, the H1A installs quickly and easily with 1 ½ inch nails, eliminating the need to use two different nail sizes in the same connector while reducing both the length and overall number of nails required. 

Ideal for both single-family and multifamily wood-framed construction, the H1A provides a connection between the truss or rafter and the wall for the increased strength to help buildings resist wind and seismic forces and is available in standard G90 galvanisation or with ZMAX® coating for corrosion resistance.

“We took one of our most popular hurricane ties and looked at whether it was possible to make it even stronger and easier to install. Our innovative engineers discovered the answer was yes to both questions,” says Bryan Wert, Simpson Strong-Tie director of connectors and lateral systems. “Our new H1A installs with one shorter size nail and has proven in testing to meet the dynamic construction needs of engineers, designers, and builders working in seismic and high-wind regions of the country.”

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