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Simpson Strong-Tie unveils new deck planner

Software allows users to select shapes, modify dimensions and choose board and railing options

BY HBSDealer Staff

Simpson Strong-Tie, the Pleasanton, Calif.-based structural connectors, fasteners, and building solutions provider, has launched an enhanced online Deck Planner Software tool.

The system is designed to assist deck builders and homeowners and features 3D software. Included in the planner are design guides and an in-app user tutorial. 

The in-app tutorial guides users step by step through the custom deck design process. Users can select shapes, modify dimensions and choose from various deck board and railing options. One-click toggling between 2D and 3D design modes makes it easy to view and design in different perspectives. 

The software also highlights the critical connections for building a strong, safe deck and recommends hardware based on any design the user customizes. When the design process is over, a full output report is generated that includes a bill of materials for all lumber, decking, railing and hardware necessary to build the deck. 

“Like all of the technology solutions from Simpson Strong-Tie, this next generation of our popular Deck Planner Software is incredibly easy to use while packing in robust functionality and features for users to take advantage of as they design more complex and customized projects,” says Simpson Strong-Tie director of Customer-Facing Software Tim Beckman. “More importantly, the software helps deck builders and DIYers easily design for stronger, safer decks that are longer lasting and provide homeowners with peace of mind.” 

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