Joist hangers have a huge part to play in our lives and yet most people haven’t even heard of them at all. In every home there are dozens and dozens of joist hangers helping keep it together as they play a vital part of our homes or home.
If you are attempting any sort of renovation work or major DIY then it is important that you understand the role that joist hangers play in the home so:
a) you don’t damage any existing ones or
b) you replace and fix any joist hangers that need doing so
Because without them you are in a whole world of trouble!
What are Joist Hangers?
Joist hangers are very much like the name implies – used to hang joists. Specifically they are used to anchor ceilings, floors etc in a safe and secure manner. They are literally holding everything up in almost every home or homes.
These days joist hangers are usually made out of metal (generally steel or aluminum) because of both the strength and the resistance to wear and tear. That said it is still possible to find wooden joist hangers around as before the metal ones joist hangers used to be made from wood.
The joist hangers are designed especially to connect to beams (usually wooden) on 3 sides of the beam – giving additional support to it’s load. The joist hanger is attached to them beam via screws or nails, and has a face plate connecting it, spreading the weight out. This means that the connection is as secure as it possibly can be.
Joist hangers are used in a variety of renovation and home renovation projects. When framing a new room or addition to your house it is recommended that you use the strongest variety of joist hangers and nails available. Screws should not be used for anything requiring a significant weight bearing load. You should use joist hangers when doing kitchen renovations that include hanging kitchen cupboards or shelves.
The major advantage of joist hangers of other methods of securing floors and the like is that they are able to withstand much more ‘punishment’ without warping or twisting in the way that screws or nails would if used by themselves. Joist hangers are the most secure way of keeping the house together!