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Rafter Seam (2PK) – LS
December 20, 2017
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The OWT Laredo Sunset Rafter Seam is a specialty connector that is the first of its kind.  Although it is useful for many types of connections one of the most common is to join rafters for curved top pergolas.  A curved top structure is a real conversation piece but conventional construction techniques have major limitations.  Essentially the largest arc you can make is restricted by the length and width of the lumber you have access to. By adding joints to the rafter you can dramatically increase the arc of the entire rafter and improve the visual appeal.  The OZCO Rafter Seam: a connector that expands the possibilities of your imagination.  When it comes to attaching timbers, posts, joists and beams Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) are the ultimate statement of style and strength. OWT hardware produces strong connections as well as an enhancement to your project design. With a wide range of connectors and components, you can use your imagination to build a project that is uniquely your own. All OWT Wood Ties are made with ultra-heavy gauge steel and hot dipped galvanized after fabrication. The parts are then finished with an exterior grade powder coating for complete protection from corrosion. This makes them suitable for harsh environments and contact with ACQ treated lumber. OWT hardware is commonly used to construct pergolas, arbors, pavilions or decks but with a little imagination, you can build an endless number of projects with OWT. Although OWT is designed to perform in outdoor environments it is equally functional for interior projects. OWT has also been engineered to make installation faster and easier with industry-leading features and attachment techniques. Unlike conventional wood post bases and brackets, OWT does not require extra labor and materials to conceal them, saving time and money.

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Rafter Seam (2PK) – IW
October 10, 2017
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The OWT Rafter Seam Ironwood is a specialty connector that is the first of its kind.  Although it is useful for many types of connections one of the most common is to join rafters for curved top pergolas.  A curved top structure is a real conversation piece but conventional construction techniques have major limitations.  Essentially the largest arc you can make is restricted by the length and width of the lumber you have access to. By adding joints to the rafter you can dramatically increase the arc of the entire rafter and improve the visual appeal.  The OZCO Rafter Seam: a connector that expands the possibilities of your imagination.  When it comes to attaching timbers, posts, joists and beams Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) are the ultimate statement of style and strength. OWT hardware produces strong connections as well as an enhancement to your project design. With a wide range of connectors and components, you can use your imagination to build a project that is uniquely your own. All OWT Wood Ties are made with ultra-heavy gauge steel and hot dipped galvanized after fabrication. The parts are then finished with an exterior grade powder coating for complete protection from corrosion. This makes them suitable for harsh environments and contact with ACQ treated lumber. OWT hardware is commonly used to construct pergolas, arbors, pavilions or decks but with a little imagination, you can build an endless number of projects with OWT. Although OWT is designed to perform in outdoor environments it is equally functional for interior projects. OWT has also been engineered to make installation faster and easier with industry-leading features and attachment techniques. Unlike conventional wood post bases and brackets, OWT does not require extra labor and materials to conceal them, saving time and money.

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Pergola with Curve Appeal Curved Rafters
Triple Curved Pergola

Create a space for entertaining or just a quiet spot to relax under the shade outdoors, a pergola with OWT Hardware is definitely what you need. Apart from offering excellent protection, it will also sweep you off your feet pergolas with curved rafter appeal have inviting design, particularly its awe-inspiring curves.

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International Builders' Show (IBS) 2018

Team OZCO

Come by The International Builders’ Show (IBS) 2018 Booth W7355 Meet the OZCO Team: Ian Hill, Tony Radilla, Jesse Gomez, Jerry Trehan and JR Craven. Stick around take some time to see many of the 2018 products like the Rafter Seam, OWT-Lite, Post Band and Cool Accessories up close! Oh and don’t forget to pick up your copy of the 2018 OZCO Catalog packed full of all the new products including new product levels like the 2 packs of rafter clips and 4 packs of the Hex Cap Nuts.

 

OZCO Building Products is known for disruptive innovations and product design features that accelerate installation while enhancing the attractiveness of the end-users’ projects. OZCO is the originator and leader in the Ornamental Wood Ties (OWT) hardware category, offering high-quality structural connectors for use in decks, pergolas, arbors, pavilions, planters, and more. OZCO also offers a great selection of specialty fasteners through its OWT Timber Screws and OWT Timber Bolts product lines, and OZ-Post features the largest selection of drivable post anchors for fence, deck and sign installations. The OZCO family of products are designed and manufactured for superior performance, visual appeal, and functionality, all with innovations so revolutionary they have been granted 10 US patents and others patent-pending.

OZCO Building Products created the hot new category of Ornamental Wood Ties. The heavy rustic and rugged looks of OWT is the icing on the cake for any wood framed project from pergolas, decks, pavilions to exposed trusses indoors or out. Seen several times on this seasons hottest home improvements shows OWT hardware is what your customers want to enhance their projects as well. Come see our newest connectors and structure at  International Builders’ Show (IBS) booth number W7355. We can confidentially say we have a project like nothing you have ever seen before. Also, be the first to see our new project app.

 

 

 

 

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Column Caps in 4×4 and 6×6 sizes and in both Ironwood & Laredo Sunset. Designed specifically to support the column and distribute the load evenly, it is able to hold the weight of up to 12000 pounds, making your construction sturdy and safe.

POST BANDS & ACCESSORIES

No matter how harsh the weather conditions, the band will protect the wood from splitting and prolong the life of your construction for years to come. Ironwood Post Bands come in 4×4, 6×6, and 8×8 sizes along with a great line of accessories like the very popular Wine Glass Holder that attaches right to the Post Band.

RAFTER SEAM

The OWT Rafter Seam is a specialty connector that is the first of its kind. Although it is useful for many types of connections one of the most common is to join rafters for curved top pergolas. Available in Ironwood (shown) and Laredo Sunset.

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At OZCO our passion and love is to manufacture the highest quality building products from Decorative Hardware to Post Anchors and Fence Brackets for DIY’ers to Pro, while providing How-To’s with step by step instructions for all types of Outdoor Living Structures including a Bill of Materials that are easy to use. Our hardware is designed and manufactured with innovative building breakthroughs so anyone that uses our products will be proud of their work and ours.

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  • PATENTS

    OZCO has been granted 13 US patents on its products with more pending. OZCO invests in protecting its intellectual property.

  • COST SAVINGS

    Don’t pay more for less — With OZCO products that is never the case. Custom cut steel is expensive in part to the time-consuming manufacturing process and simply doesn’t last as long. What is the cost per pound?  Take the cost/weight and you will quickly see that OWT hardware has the lowest cost per pound. 

  • ADJUSTABLE

    Other connectors on the market require bending of the brackets or the size of the material to be known before placing orders.  Neither option is ideal — OWT connectors are the answer offering truly adjustable on-site installation with ease

  • HOT DIPPED GALVANIZED

    Not all galvanized is created equal, pre-galvanized steel does not perform as well as HDG. Galvanizing after production ensures all areas of the steel is uniformly coated with zinc. The same process used for national highway guardrails, an area subjected to some of the harshest environmental conditions.

  • POWDER COATED

    OWT hardware features high-grade exterior power coating. PC performs better than liquid paint typically used by steel fabricators. All of the OZCO black powder coated hardware is truly uniform providing consistency & performance for the entire project.

  • THICKER STEEL

    The thicker the steel is the stronger the connection will be. OWT steel thickness is scaled to be more pleasing to the eye. Pays homage to the history of this type of timber construction.

  • TESTING / REPORTS

    OWT hardware is not only attractive but it is also structural. We could manufacture our products for a lower cost but our goal is to make our products perform above industry standards.

  • KITS & PACKAGING

    At OZCO we are builders too, so whenever possible we include the necessary hardware to keep your list short, save time & money. Hardware is well packaged to remain in excellent condition from the store to the job-site. Our products are also packaged in job sized quantities for DIY and Pro.

  • TIMBER BOLTS & SCREWS

    OWT Timber Screws feature performance with strength that is second to none — in a wide range of lengths for all types of projects. Screws can be used successfully when the force is predominantly shear load. Don’t forget to use our Heavy Duty Washer on wood to wood connections for added strength and style.

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Backyard grape arbors aren't hard to built and can take many shapes.

A pergola or arbor supports vines and provides shade and interest in a yard, making it both beautiful and functional.

Back in my early twenties, I bought a younger friend of mine a home brewing kit for his twenty-first birthday, little knowing what I was unleashing. The beer from that first batch was terrible. The next twenty batches were bad, but uniquely bad each time. The twenty-first batch was acceptable as a near substitute for beer, but by then my friend was in college and had moved on to spirits and took up distilling. I hadn’t realized before this that Listerine could be made at home. As middle age beckons, our tastes have matured, and my friend now ruins parties with batches of his homemade wine. It works surprisingly well as salad dressing, but it’s a struggle to keep smiling through a glass of it.

At our last get-together, though, my friend surprised us. The bottle he presented us with was going to be the last of his special vintage; buying grapes from a vineyard was getting just too expensive. In a moment of misplaced sympathy, I suggested building backyard grape arbors to grow his own. Volunteering the idea, of course, meant that I’d volunteered to help build the arbors and grow the grapes—or at least that was what they decided it meant when my friends discussed it among themselves.

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This asian inspired pergola design uses a red stain.

Red paint or stain, ornate hardware, and a privacy lattice can all help to give your pergola an Asian flair.

I have a client who is in the middle of a feng shui redesign. You might know already that feng shui is an Eastern design style used to maximize energy flow. The garden is one of the most important parts of this design philosophy, which is why my client was looking for an Asian inspired pergola design to set off her new, Eastern-style garden. I thought this was a great idea, as pergolas are easy to adapt for this type of design and there’s a wide range of options to choose from.

In an Asian design, pergolas are used to highlight water features, mark garden paths, and even to expand a home to include an outdoor living space complete with privacy screens. Often more elaborate than standard pergola designs, Eastern-type pergolas can be a bit more challenging to put together. However, with the right hardware and a good plan, it’s possible to create a beautiful, unique, and feng shui-friendly Asian pergola for your yard.

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half circle pergola designs

Some half and quarter circle pergola designs use rafters of different lengths to create the curved look.

I have a good friend who recently moved into a new house which already had a half circle, curved pergola in the backyard, and it is not exaggerating too much to say that she is obsessed with this pergola. It makes the yard look more elegant, and it creates an outdoor space which is perfect for sitting with a cocktail or a beer. If you want a unique structure in your yard or entryway, you may want to think outside the box–literally. While a standard square pergola looks nice as well, a half circle design is a fun update on the traditional. It’s not as simple to build as a standard pergola, but if you’re an experienced DIYer, it can be an interesting and ultimately satisfying project.

You have a lot of options in creating a half circle pergola. You can use bent wood, or you can create the optical illusion of curves with strategically cut and placed rafters and beams. Half circle shapes make great pergolas for the front of the house, particularly for entryways that are small or unusually shaped. They’re also great for setting off properties with gabled features. If you’re convinced that you need a half circle pergola, this is what you need to know about building one.

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