Sound and Sturdy Structural Products

In the market for structural products? Take a look at these products from USG, Simpson Strong-Tie and more
December 31, 2008

Simpson Strong-Tie's Moment Frames
Caught in the Moment

You can’t put a price on strength! Stronger than site-built or factory-built shearwalls, Simpson Strong-Tie’s Moment Frames allow larger openings while offering the high load values that structural designers and builders need. This should help your guys in the field because moment frames always have been time- and labor-intensive to install. For FREE information, visit 


Polycrete's Big Block ICFs
Score Big LEED Points

Polycrete’s Big Block ICFs measure 2 feet by 8 feet with standard alternate wall thicknesses. The Big Block panels are bear-hugged together with steel connecting the panels and a web of steel embedded and welded in the foam — nothing’s breaking that grip. You erect 16 square feet of wall in one motion. All it takes is some rebar fill with concrete for a strong green home. For FREE information, visit 


Shear Brace by iLevel by Weyerhaeuser
Brace Yourself

Originally made in 12-inch and 18-inch widths in heights ranging from 7 to 12 feet, the 24-inch-wide Shear Brace by iLevel by Weyerhaeuser accommodates greater design loads than existing widths, so your homes will be able to take quite a beating. The braces install easily using mounting brackets that allow builders to make front-to-back adjustments for ready alignment with foundation anchor bolts. The 18- and 24-inch Shear Braces can be used for the second story in stacked applications. For FREE information, visit 


Securock glass-mat sheathing panels from USG
Say No to Mold

Mold is such a pain in our butts. USG will help stop mold growth with the new Securock glass-mat sheathing panels. A non-combustible, moisture- and mold-resistant gypsum core helps the panels achieve an ATSM 10 rating, the highest possible rating for mold resistance. Panels are encased in a double-sided, green fiberglass facer and are easy to score and snap — no saws or special tools required. For FREE information, visit


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