What Are Joist Hangers?
What Are Joist Hangers?
Joist hangers are metal brackets used in construction to support and connect wooden beams or joists to a building’s structure, such as a wall plate or header. The hangers are attached to the structure and then the beam is placed inside the hanger, where it is held securely in place.
Joist hangers are essential components in construction, designed to provide structural support to wooden beams or joists. Used in roofs, decks, floors, and ceilings, they securely attach the beam to larger structures like walls and provide a dependable link needed for stability and safety.
Joist hangers are typically made from metal alloys such as galvanized steel or stainless steel which increases their strength and durability.
They usually feature small flanges that extend outwards from the main body of the joist hanger, making it easier to secure with nails or screws into the surrounding material.
Additionally, many joist hangers come with integrated dampers which can reduce vibration and increase soundproofing between floors or rooms.
All in all, joist hangers offer an effective way for safely anchoring beams or joists for use in a number of different situations and projects.
When Should You Use Joist Hangers?
Joist hangers are essential to adequately securing floor joists in any construction project.
They should be used whenever attaching the lumber floor joists to your structure’s beams and should span the entire length of your deck from your house all the way out to the end of its support beams.
Joist hangers are specifically designed for this purpose and can provide an incredibly secure hold, allowing them to withstand even extreme weather or pressure.
Additionally, they will keep your wood from splitting or corroding due to contact with beam ends or other materials.
For these reasons, it is important that you use high-quality joist hangers whenever possible in order to ensure optimal safety and security in any building project.
What Are The Most Common Types Of Joist Hangers?
The two most common types of joist hangers are the Single Piece Joist hanger and the Welded Masonry Joist hanger. The Single Piece Joist Hanger is made from a single piece of steel, which supports timber joists, rafters, and trimmers.
They also help to create a secure connection between wall plates, adjacent rafters, and purlins to provide sustained strength and stability in buildings. The Welded Masonry Joist Hanger is formed from two masonry wings that are welded together at the apex of each wing.
This type of joist hanger is ideal for use with brick or block work when providing support for timber beams or rafters in domestic or commercial structures. Both types of joist hangers are popular due to their relatively low cost as well as their strong and durable construction.
What Are The Advantages Of Joist Hangers?
Joist hangers offer a variety of benefits, from increased strength and stability to ease of installation and cost-effectiveness.
Rather than using nails or screws alone, joist hangers provide a stronger hold on each joist that is installed. They are designed to be easy to fit, while also providing lasting protection against various elements such as moisture and temperature changes.
Despite this added strength, they are still quite affordable in comparison to other materials used for the task. Furthermore, when fitted correctly with nails and screws at all points of contact, these hangers provide an excellent level of stability to any structure they’re installed on.
What Are The Sizes Of Joist Hangers?
Joist Hangers come in three sizes to match the width of rough sawn timber: 52 x 90, 52 x 120 and 52 x 190. For added durability, they are also available in Stainless Steel 304-2B material.
The correct product size should be chosen according to the load conditions, as specified in the Characteristic Load Table which also provides guidelines for nailing or screw fixing.