Simpson Strong-Tie has launched an enhanced online Deck Planner Software tool to help deck builders and homeowners their dream deck. Featuring 3D software, design guides and an in-app user tutorial, the web-based design center provides a suite of tools and resources for designing and building decks.
Deck Planner Software from Simpson Strong-Tie lets homeowner DIYers and professional deck builders plan for beauty and design for strength. Powered by an in-app tutorial that guides users step by step through the custom deck design process, the software allows users to select shapes, modify dimensions and choose from various deck board and railing options. One-click toggling between 2D and 3D design modes allows users to view and design in different perspectives.
The software also highlights the connections for building a strong, safe deck and recommends hardware based on any design the user customizes. When the design process is over, a full output report is generated that includes a bill of materials for all lumber, decking, railing and hardware necessary to build the deck.
Additional enhanced features and benefits of the Deck Planner Software app include:
- A selection of pre-designed deck options
- A selection of various wood species for framing lumber
- Auto-save functionality to save works in progress
- Ability to change wall height and select from a library of wall finishes
- Ability to add furniture, plants and trees to visualize the deck design in the backyard
- Enhanced 3D graphics with lighting settings and various background options