Posted June 21, 2017

Simpson Strong-Tie introduces free Deck Planner Software

Web-based program helps contractors, builders, homeowners and DIYers design safe, strong and stylish decks with just a few mouse clicks.

Simpson Strong-Tie, an industry leader in engineered structural connectors and fasteners for decks, has launched Deck Planner Software to help contractors, builders, homeowners, and do-it-yourself enthusiasts design safe, strong and stylish decks with just a few mouse clicks.

The 100% free, cloud-based Deck Planner Software improves the overall deck-building experience by highlighting critical deck connections, and enabling users to select Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and fasteners, along with products from leading deck board manufacturers, including Trex and Fiberon.

An easy-to-follow, step-by-step menu helps users to design the size, shape and other features of a custom deck. As the design plan is developed, the program offers hardware choices including model numbers, sizes and finish options based on the custom design. Once completed, Deck Planner Software generates a comprehensive report including a materials list, permit submittal pages, additional educational literature, and various 3D plan views.

“Deck Planner Software offers customers an enjoyable deck-designing experience that let’s them be in control of the entire development process,” said Lydia Poulsen, Product Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie. “This can facilitate productive conversations between homeowners and their contractor and engender greater confidence that the customer is purchasing the right material and hardware for a strong, beautiful deck.”

The software is free for all users with no hidden fees, trial periods, downloads, or licenses to manage. At any time during the deck design process, a user can save their progress to revisit at a later date. Users register basic information for log-in purposes that provides them access to saved plans. Reports and materials lists can be shared via email to increase collaboration between contractors, builders and owners.

Unlike similar programs in the marketplace, Deck Planner Software is compatible with all web browsers.

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