Use of the website ("the site", "the website") and the information contained herein constitutes full acceptance of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy listed below. is owned and operated by Aggregate Digital LLC.

Terms of Service

The data, drawings, tables, and other information contained in the site have been created by with information obtained from many sources.  The owners, authors, and consultants of ("we") have made every reasonable effort to provide accurate and current information; however, we do not provide any warranties, implied or explicit, and assume no liability for the use of the information, nor the accuracy and completeness of the information, nor its fitness for any specific purpose.  The information contained in the site shall be used at the sole risk of the viewer.  IT SHALL BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE OWNERS, AUTHORS, AND CONSULTANTS OF ARCHTOOLBOX.COM ARE NOT RENDERING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES. It is the responsibility of the viewer of the site to apply their professional knowledge and judgment to the information provided and to verify the information with other professional sources.  CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECT, ENGINEER, AGENCY, OR CONSULTANT FOR ADVICE ABOUT SPECIFIC PROJECTS, BUILDINGS, CONDITIONS, CODES, AND/OR REGULATIONS.


Archtoolbox makes a commission when you click on any of the advertisements (Ads by Google, AdChoices, Ezoic, AdThrive, etc.) displayed on the site. All advertisements are automatically served and are not selected by We do not recommend particular building products on this website.


We provide recommendations for books and other products that we find useful; however, we do not accept payment to include reviews of books or other products on the site. Our reviews are impartial and based on our own experience using and/or reviewing the product.

Affiliate Links

We earn a commission when you purchase items from companies with whom we have an affiliate relationship (Amazon, GBES, etc.) after having followed our affiliate links. Our reviews are impartial and we do not embellish reviews to earn more commissions. Rather, we find products that are helpful to us and our readers. If you return a product then we don't make anything so it only makes sense for us to recommend products that will make you happy. Full disclosure, some companies will provide access to their products at our request so we can do a thorough review or so we can update an older review when their product is updated.


Copyright © unless noted otherwise.  All rights reserved. Reproduction or translation of any part of the site without the permission of the copyright owner is prohibited and unlawful.

Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. At, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

The following policy is an attempt to provide you with a clear understanding of what information we collect. We have kept the principles above in mind while creating this document.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use the website. From time to time, may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Google Analytics is a web analytics tool uses to help understand how visitors engage with this website. It reports website trends using cookies and web beacons without identifying individual visitors. You can read more at the Google Analytics Data Privacy and Security. also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users sending messages with's various contact forms. We only disclose logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that logged in user and form-submitter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to websites choose to interact with in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that is gathered depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask companies who sign up for an account at to provide a number of pieces of information to help our website visitors get in contact with them. Those who engage in transactions with – by purchasing products or business listings, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on’s behalf or to provide services available at’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an website and/or have supplied your email address, may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with our websites and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of the websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

We use cookies in the following ways:

  • Google Analytics (third party): to understand how many people visit our site, where they come from, and what content they read.
  • Google Adsense (third party): to serve advertisements to visitors.
  • Shopify (third party): to handle purchases from our store, including the shopping cart and checkout features.
  • Mailchimp (third party): to manage our mailing list signup process.
  • Archtoolbox (first party): to allow users to log in to the website and maintain their settings.
  • AdThrive (third party): to serve advertisements to visitors. Read more about AdThrives's cookies below.


This Site is affiliated with AdThrive, LLC (“AdThrive”) for the purposes of placing advertising on the Site. AdThrive uses standard and widely-available tools for the placement and serving of ads, including those provided by Google, Inc. and its affiliates. We publish interest-based advertisements on the Site; that is, ads that are tailored to reflect your interests. To help understand your interests, AdThrive, Google and our other advertising partners will track your behaviour on our website and on other websites across the Internet using cookies.

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

By using this Site, you consent to the use of such cookies and the sharing of data captured by such cookies with AdThrive, Google, and our other third party partners. You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: You can also opt out of the network cookie using those settings or using the Network Advertising Initiative's multi-cookie opt-out mechanism at: However, these opt-out mechanisms themselves use cookies, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.

For European Economic Area Residents

If you reside in a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), then under the GDPR and applicable data protection laws you have the rights, among other things, to access your personal data, have us erase it, and/or restrict its further processing. If you wish to access or delete your personal data (if any) maintained by us or AdThrive related to advertising on the Site, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contact AdThrive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wish to see a list of the advertising partners we work with or change which of those partners track your behavior using cookies, click the ad preferences link at the bottom of the site. (Available in the EU.)

For California Residents

California law gives residents the right to opt out of the “sale” of their personal information to third parties, including for advertising purposes. Under California law, the sharing of your information with a service provider for advertising purposes could be considered a “sale.” To opt out of the sharing of your information for advertising information, click the opt out link provided in the footer of this page. You also have the right to request from us the categories of personal information that we have shared and the categories of third parties to whom the information was provided. To make such a request, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To be clear we do not share your name, contact information, or any other sensitive information with third parties, and the categories of third parties that we share information with for advertising purposes are supply side platforms, programmatic advertising exchanges, and demand side platforms.

Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, may change its Terms of Service or Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to the Terms of Service or Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in the Terms of Service or the Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Change Log:

  • March 16, 2020: Updated advertisers.
  • December 21, 2019: Updated Affiliate section; added Copyright heading.
  • May 19, 2019: Clarified affiliate relationships and product recommendations.
  • March 3, 2019: Updated advertisers.
  • August 19, 2018: Added cookie information.
  • August 22, 2015: Added Privacy Policy Information, updated affiliates.