A: The guaranteed availability date is December 31, 2018. This means we will guarantee to have them available until then. We will continue to sell through remaining inventory of the original Wood Strong-Walls as long as we have it but will stop production after December 31, 2018.
A: We recommend our Strong-Wall® Wood Shearwall (WSW). The WSW is mostly TimberStrand® LSL, which is an engineered wood product. It has the advantage of being customizable in the field. It can be trimmed to height and also field-drilled in certain locations. See our structural details for more information on allowable modifications.
A: Either the Strong-Wall Wood Shearwall or Steel Strong-Wall® can match the performance of the original Wood Strong-Walls. In many cases they exceed the original Wood Strong-Wall loads.
A: It would depend on the required load and the design of the site-built shearwall. It is possible that the load could be matched. However, the design would have to adhere to the code required aspect ratio limitations. Typically, a site-built wall will be wider than a pre-fabricated, code approved shearwall.
A: We will maintain the original Wood Strong-Wall pages on our website.. We will also renew the Strong-Wall code report, ESR-1267. It will expire in late 2018. After these sources expire you can always contact our technical support team at (800) 925-5099 for archived information.