Canadian Deck Builders: Lateral load connectors – worth asking for?
I’m getting ready to engage a contractor to build a new deck for our house (I know terrible timing with lumber prices…but I can’t stand the 6′ drop out my back door anymore).
I’ve been reading up a lot on best practices and code requirements on FHB. Lateral load connectors come up frequently and the Simpson parts seem to be available in Canada.
As far as I can tell though, they don’t seem to be a code requirement here in Ontario where I live (or anywhere else in Canada) and all the contractors I spoke to gave me a puzzled look when I mentioned them.
Our deck will have the ledger attached to a concrete foundation, so these connectors shouldn’t be too difficult to install. For example, the simpson link below suggests the DTT1Z connector can be simply anchored to the concrete with a wedge anchor:
Is it worthwhile trying to push deck contractors to install those ties?
Decks are in high demand now so I’m a bit worried that contractors will refuse the job if we make things too complicated for them.