What Is a Joist Hanger?
When constructing a floor, roof or ceiling, it is important to reinforce the structure with joists. A joist hanger helps anchor the joist in a fixed position and create a better connection between joist and wall or beam.
The Purpose of Joists
Joists are supporting structures made of wood, metal or concrete. They connect walls to other walls, walls to beams or beams to other beams. Joists absorb force from the structures built on top of them, causing the need for reinforcement of the joists themselves.
Joist hangers ensure that your joists are reinforced. These inexpensive metal brackets are well worth the price when considering the stability they will provide for your structure. As the joists themselves deteriorate over time, metal joist hangers will last and continue to strengthen your structure.
Where to Find Joist Hangers
Joist hangers can be purchased at your local hardware store for under $5. They are sold in a variety of sizes to fit nearly any size joist. Most hardware stores sell joist hangers that are galvanized and therefore safe to use inside the house or out. Store associates can assist you in choosing the appropriate joist hanger for your project.