A Well-Connected Home™ is a home that is built with your safety in mind. A Well-Connected Home uses connectors to secure the foundation, walls, floors and roof. Using connectors at these critical points creates a continuous load path. A home built with a continuous load path increases the structural safety of the home and helps it resist the damaging effects caused by storms, high winds, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Why is it better to use connectors than the historic practice of toe-nailing to a build a home?
Research as well as historical evidence have shown that connecting the frame of a house together with metal connectors increases the strength of a home, which is needed when a powerful storm or large earthquake tries to pull it apart. "Toe-nailing" used to be the standard practice to build a house. A toe-nailed connection is when wood framing is attached together with nails that are driven in diagonally. However, during high winds and earthquakes, nails tend to pull or pop out.
Connections made with metal connectors are much more difficult to be pulled apart. It takes greater force to separate a connector than a toe-nailed connection. That's why today many builders choose to use connectors to build their homes. A Well-Connected Home provides that extra reinforcement that enhances the safety of the home and your peace of mind.
Are connectors expensive?
Adding connectors is a relatively inexpensive investment. Depending on the size of your home, it can cost anywhere between a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. The cost is considered nominal compared to the cost of repairing or rebuilding a home.
How do I build a Well-Connected Home?
Simpson Strong-Tie works with builders who use connectors and continuous load path construction to build their homes. To find a Well-Connected Home builder in your area, see Find A Quality Builder in Your Area.