What Is a Joist Hanger?

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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 the joist and the 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

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.