Whether you're buying a new home or planning to live in your current home for years to come, it's important to make sure it's structurally sound. The following checklist will help you determine whether your house is properly connected and reinforced to withstand an earthquake.
Wood walls around the perimeter of the home are secured to the foundation, using anchors, bolts, sill plate connectors and holdowns
Metal strap ties or holdowns are used to connect the second floor to the first floor
Beams and joists are joined together with metal connectors and fasteners (the critical points within the frame of a home are where two pieces of framing material meet)
Metal connectors are added to connect the roof to the wall top plate
Post-to-beam connections are reinforced with metal connectors
Minor foundation wall cracks are repaired with epoxy
Look for the Simpson Strong-Tie name. Not all structural products are alike or code approved. Simpson Strong-Tie takes great pride in manufacturing the highest quality metal connectors, anchors, fasteners and shearwalls that meet or exceed all code requirements. To find a Simpson Strong-Tie builder, visit Find a Quality Builder