July 20, 2011
Hey So Cal,
I’m Blake from Home Depot’s online community. This is a great little kit and the Simpson products really are top notch. The structural ties that come in this kit are Galvanized steel and would wear well outside especially if painted, however the screws that come with the kit do not have any form of corrosion resistant coating and would not fare well outside. If you still wanted to use this kit I would recommend replacing the fasteners with some coated deck screws which are extremely corrosion resistant.
For lumber choice, Pressure treated, or composite would be the longest lasting, but white redwood or cedar would also provide long life and great looks!
I hope this is helpful So Cal, good luck with your project!
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