New SHH Steel Header Hanger Provides Fast and Easy Solution for Supporting Lay-In and Cold-Formed Steel Box Headers

Pleasanton, Calif. – Simpson Strong-Tie, the industry leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions, has developed a new steel header hanger to support cold-formed steel framing box headers as well as large-flange lay-in headers used in curtain-wall construction. The new SHH steel header hanger is engineered to ease installation by reducing drywall buildup, and screw count has been minimized with extensive component assembly testing.

CF_SHH_InstallCommon in low- and mid-rise construction of multifamily and commercial building projects, cold-formed steel framing has emerged as a reliable and durable alternative to light-frame wood construction. The SHH steel header hanger is designed to transfer gravity and lateral loads from headers to the jamb studs and to help support the header assembly during installation.

In addition, the SHH steel header hanger has contractor-friendly geometry to reduce drywall buildup with a coped gusset to avoid the bottom track header legs. Extensive testing by Simpson Strong-Tie has enabled a wide array of available hole patterns to accommodate different load levels while minimizing installation costs and reducing screw count.

“As cold-formed steel framing increases in popularity, there is an opportunity to optimize installation times and material costs by innovating new structural connector solutions,” says Clifton Melcher, senior product manager for Simpson Strong-Tie. “The SHH steel header hanger is designed with features to make drywall installations faster and easier while ensuring even load distribution to the jamb studs with minimum eccentricity.”

The SHH6 is manufactured in steel thicknesses of 54 mil (16 ga.) and 68 mil (14 ga.) and is intended for use with 6″ (min.) box headers. The SHH3, manufactured from 68 mil (14 ga.) steel, is intended for 3 5/8″ or 4″ (max.) box headers and large-flange lay-in headers. Screw-hole layouts at the jamb studs accommodate flange sizes of 1 5/8″, 2″, 2 1/2″, 3″ and 3 1/2″ in addition to built-up jamb configurations. All SHH steel header hangers feature a galvanized G90 finish.

For more information about the SHH steel header hanger for use with cold-formed steel framing, visit


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