Picking the Right Connectors for Your Project

Steel Framing Connectors for Deflection

ClarkDietrich / Content Provided by ClarkDietrich
March, 2021

A key factor of any cold-formed steel (CFS) framing design is the system’s ability to account for movement of structural elements of the building by allowing floor and roof systems to deflect downward or upward—without imposing axial loads onto the exterior curtain wall or interior head of wall. As such, the performance of the connections between the CFS framing and the building structural components is critically important¾especially in coastal and high-seismic areas.  


Pre-engineered clips and connectors from ClarkDietrich are designed to meet the demands of today’s high-performance buildings; and because all of our clips are tested for allowable load capacities, you can be assured that each element in the structure is going to perform as expected. Plus, with solutions like our FastClip™ Slide Clip, installers save time and labor by eliminating the need to cut, bend, and fabricate connectors in the field, which can consume many valuable hours on large commercial projects. 


Visit our website to find information, from installation videos, to product renderings and technical data. Learn more about the product solutions and technical support available to help you choose the right deflection connector for your next cold-formed steel framing project.

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