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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Fortress Building Products Introduces New Steel Framing and Pergola Components

In response to contractor feedback, outdoor building products manufacturer expands steel offerings

Fortress Building Products, a constantly evolving outdoor building products manufacturer, adds new steel framing and pergola components to its line-up of outdoor living solutions. True to its commitment to listening to and supporting its customers, the company’s new Evolution steel deck framing and Evolution Steel Pergola parts make it easier than ever for contractors and deck builders to design a custom outdoor living space from the ground up. The expanded offerings are available across Fortress Building Products’ North American dealer network to meet continued customer demand for outdoor home improvement.

Designed by deck builders, for deck builders, Evolution steel deck framing is a comprehensive framing system that delivers lasting performance in any environment. In direct response to the number one request from contractors who use the industry-leading system, Fortress® now offers 5.5” x 5.5” posts that are 20 feet in length (with new corresponding brackets) to accommodate longer spans. The new posts, brackets, bolts, blocking and straps will make it possible to construct a strong and dependable two-story deck structure that can support ever-expanding deck functions and heavier loads. Additionally, the new railing attachment bolts are designed to support a quicker, easier deck building process to help outdoor living professionals keep pace with heightened project demand.

A sleek steel framework for the personalization to come, Evolution Steel Pergolas can be incorporated into almost any layout and across any type of outdoor surface to define usable space. Highly versatile, industry professionals can use new rafter tails, brackets and posts from Fortress to configure the steel pergola in nearly infinite ways. Delivering endless design options, the expanded pergola offerings can accommodate a customer’s unique design vision or intended function for the outdoor space.

Fortress Building Products is at the front line of possibilities and innovation, and we believe there are always ways we can improve our products,” said A.J. Jesiolowski, Director, Framing and Pergola Category, Fortress Building Products.That’s why we listen to our customers and their challenges, and work hard to deliver smarter solutions so that they can work more efficiently and effectively. The new steel framing and pergola parts put this commitment to innovation into action.”

Delivering a sought-after combination of function and form, Fortress’ steel framing and pergola systems pair a sought-after contemporary aesthetic with premium weatherability and low maintenance qualities. Leveraging the proven performance of steel, the framing and pergola assemblies sidestep issues associated with moisture absorption, one of the most common reasons for decomposition in any wood product in an outdoor application. The sleek steel components are dual layer protected against fire, corrosion, twisting, insects and rot. Further preserving the structural integrity of the systems and their overall appearance, a powder coated finish provides enhanced corrosion resistance and UV protection. Both assemblies and their expanded offerings are backed by 25-year limited manufacturer warranties.

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Fortress Building Products

Fortress Building Products is a leading manufacturer dedicated to delivering proven performance and smarter solutions in the residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial building products industries. Based in Texas, Fortress Building Products supplies North America with forward-thinking outdoor living solutions, including steel and aluminum railing, fencing, framing and pergolas. With an excellent track record built on 50 years of innovation, Fortress® is focused on providing the best steel and aluminum products that build a stronger tomorrow for people and the planet. Sustainable, durable and socially responsible, Fortress’ category-leading solutions strengthen the way people build and live. Learn more at  

Modern steel pergola creating an outdoor living space with chairs and plants.Man drilling into black steel deck framing.

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