PLEASANTON, CA -- Erecting or retrofitting valley trusses just got faster and easier for roof framers and truss installers with the introduction the Simpson Strong-Tie® VTCR valley truss connector. Installed on top of roof sheathing, or directly to the framing below, this single-sided valley truss clip eliminates the need to add a support wedge under the valley truss or to bevel the bottom chord to match the supporting roof pitch.
The VTCR connector installs after the valley truss has been set, a time-saving benefit for new construction as well as for retrofits in high-wind areas. The connector conveniently installs from one side with nails or with Simpson Strong-Tie Strong-Drive® SD structural connector screws, the latter resulting in a nearly 30 percent increase in uplift capacity.
"With the introduction of the VTCR, Simpson Strong-Tie has addressed the need for a valley truss connector that doesn't install under the valley frame as well as one that only requires front-side fastening," explained Stan Sias, Simpson Strong-Tie national manager for the Plated Truss Industry. "The VTCR also has a wider pitch range and uses fewer fasteners than its predecessor, and it has been load rated for Simpson Strong-Tie SD-9 screws as well as for nails."
The VTCR can be installed on either beveled or non-beveled bottom chords and is clearly marked for fast setup of pitches from 0:12 to 12:12. For more information about the VTCR truss connector, visit www.strongtie.com.
About Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc.
For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research and testing, Simpson Strong-Tie® products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company is one of the world's largest manufacturers of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems. Product lines include structural connectors, Wood and Steel Strong-Wall® prefabricated shearwalls, Anchor Tiedown Systems (ATS) for multi-story buildings, and Strong Frame™ moment frames. Additional product lines include Quik Drive® auto-feed screw driving systems, structural and corrosion-resistant fasteners, and Simpson Strong-Tie Anchor Systems® - anchors and fasteners for concrete and masonry. Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to providing exceptional products and service to its customers, including engineering and field support, product testing and training. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.strongtie.com