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Designing a Pergola with Simpson Strong-Tie® Pergola Planner Software

As a leader is structural wood connectors, Simpson Strong-Tie is a perfect partner to help you build a safe and strong outdoor structure that will last for decades. With this free web-based planning software, you dont have to worry about complicated downloads or managing licenses. Just design your pergola, print out your permit submittal pages and materials lists, and go. We even include a Dealer Locator tool to help you find material suppliers within your area for your materials.

Note: Pergola Planner Software requires , Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari browsers that are run from a desktop or laptop. The software will not run on mobile browsers or devices.

Add Beauty And Strength To Your Custom Outdoor Living Structures

With Outdoor Accents decorative hardware from Simpson Strong-Tie, you can bring both elegance and structural strength to any outdoor living structure. Our Mission Collection® and Avant Collection both offer a choice of styles to suit your taste from ornate and traditional to clean and simple. Both feature an innovative hex-head washer and fastener combo, so you’ll get the look of a bolted connection that installs as easily as driving a screw. And the black powder-coat finish ensures an eye-catching appearance. Complete the look with our Outdoor Accents Essentials and Accessories, designed to work with both connector collections.

No matter which collection you choose, all Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners are rigorously tested for strength and performance. So you’ll have a safe, beautiful structure that lasts for years to come.


X 16 Attached Patio Cover

Are you thinking about adding patio cover that attaches to your house? We have plans for that. Enjoy outdoor get-togethers under this attached patio cover. Building this structure with Outdoor Accents® code-listed decorative hardware will give it beauty and long-lasting strength.

This three-post trellis comes in handy for modest outdoor spaces. Its triangle shape fits nicely into the corner of a backyard and provides an attractive and physical gathering space.

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X 12 Pergola Without Knee Bracing

This sturdy 10 x 12 pergola is a great addition to almost any outdoor living space. Its built with Simpson Strong-Tie® connectors and fasteners, including Outdoor Accents®decorative hardware and the MPBZ moment post base. The innovative design of the post base greatly reduces the need for knee bracing.

Plans And Materials Report

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Pergola Planner Software highlights the critical connections for building a strong, safe outdoor structure and recommends appropriate hardware based on the customized design. When the design is completed, a full output report is generated that includes a Bill of Materials needed to build the pergola.


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We Provide Solutions That Help People Design And Build Safer Stronger Structures

Simpson Strong-Tie® is driven by a commitment to design and manufacture structural connectors, fasteners and anchors that improve and simplify traditional building methods while developing performance tested and approved solutions for new and emerging ones. Everyone who comes into contact with our products experiences technical support, advice and aftercare that is second to none.

Free Pergola Planner Software

If youre feeling creative take our free Pergola Planner Software for a spin. Pergola Planner, released as a companion to our Deck Planner Software, is an easy to use pergola design program. Pergola Planner allows homeowners to upload an image of their house or backyard so they can see what the finished pergola could look like. Watch the Pergola Planner tutorial for a quick introduction to the software. Design your dream backyard today!

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Your Diy Pergola Makes Everything Even Cooler: Part 2

This weeks post was written by Jen Woodhouse from The House of Wood.


Hi friends! Im excited to be back to share how we built this gorgeous DIY pergola with Simpson Strong-Ties new Outdoor Accents® line. If youd like to read about how we built the floating deck, .

If you recall, we built the floating deck and pergola for our neighbors, who also happen to be a fellow military family. The deck and pergola are our welcome home gift to their deployed soldier. Arent they amazing? Im so thrilled that we were able to work with Simpson Strong-Tie and give our neighbors a beautiful new outdoor space that they can enjoy for years to come.

First and foremost, check with your local building codes and acquire permits if necessary. Because the deck is less than 30off the ground and isnt attached to the house, no permit was required. Our local code also doesnt require railings for decks under 30high. Be sure to check with your local codes for specific requirements. We did, however, have to obtain a permit for the pergola. About $36 dollars and a week later, we had a permit for the pergola and could begin our work.

We also contacted the local utility companies and had them come out and mark where the utility lines ran underground, so we knew where to avoid when digging. We had to secure the pergola posts into the ground, so we did that before building the deck around it.

Then we checked to make sure the posts were plumb and level before bracing them with spare 2×4 studs.


Outdoor Accents Zmax Black Heavy Joist Hanger For 4×6 Rough

How to Use the Simpson Strong-Tie® Pergola Planner Software Tutorial

The Simpson Strong-Tie® Outdoor Accents line of decorative hardware features connectors and fasteners that bring beauty and strength to custom outdoor living structures. APHH heavy concealed-flange hangers connect 4x and 6x beams to girders. Featuring a range of sizes, these hangers install easily with the Outdoor Accents structural wood screw, hex-head washer and Strong-Drive® SDS Heavy-Duty Connector screw. APLH light hangers also available.

Key Features

  • Complements the Outdoor Accents Mission Collection® and Avant Collection
  • Concealed-flange design features straight edges and provides a cleaner looking installation for joist connections
  • Nominal joist size: 4×6 rough
  • Seat width: 4-1/16 in.
  • Made from 12-gauge steel
  • ZMAX galvanization with a black powder coat offers extra corrosion resistance for exterior and treated-wood applications

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A Backyard Built To Last

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your new pergola or porch railing? Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents can transform your backyard features into showstoppers. Not only do these accents look great, but they also add structural support and stability by anchoring, fastening, and connecting the joints of your deck or pergola. This means you can build better, faster and stronger. Plus, the black powder coating resists corrosion, making it suitable for most exterior projects. Simpson Strong-Tie hardware is built for both nominal and rough lumber sizes to fit the exact dimensions you need.

Focusing more on brawn than beauty? Simpson Strong-Tie also manufactures some of the leading fastening and anchoring systems. They revolutionized epoxy by bringing it into use in residential applications instead of just commercial projects. Their structural fasteners improve the strength and performance of wood-framed building connections and reduce costs!



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