Simpson Strong-Tie connectors should be installed into the wide face (perpendicular to gluelines) of all structural composite lumber, including Versa-Lam® beams and columns, whenever possible. When installed into Versa-Lam®'s narrow face (parallel to gluelines), Simpson connectors shall be designed with a reduction in capacity per the table below. Please consult the Simpson Strong-Tie literature for connector design values.
- Reduction values based upon empirical testing conducted by Simpson Strong-Tie.
- Reductions will be incorporated into future Simpson Strong-Tie literature.
- For connectors not manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie, contact the connector manufacturer for reduction factors of installation parallel to gluelines of structural composite lumber products.