There are many joist hangers to choose from here at TFC Supplies Ltd, but although you know you need one, you’ll find yourself inundated with choices and left confused as to which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve created this guide to explain which joist hangers are right for you, to get the perfect fit for your project.

Joist hangers are a very useful metalwork for various building products. They can connect joists without cutting holes in walls or risking damp penetration to the ends of the timbers. You can use a variety of joist hangers for your project, but each one is tailored to certain angles or sizes of timber. You’ve got Mini Joist Hangers, Long Legs Joist Hangers, Short Legs Joist Hangers, Saddle, Face Fix and Truss Clips to name a few of the options available to you.Joist Hangers

Load is always the first element to consider when you’re buying joist hangers. It’s also what may help you to determine the type. Please bear in mind that the load tolerances for each joist hanger is dependent on the materials being used. Large garden sleepers compared to smaller timber purlins will require stronger joist hangers to deal with the stress.

Your project may have various angles or sloping roofs for example, therefore you may require different types of joist hangers to complete the job. Take a look at our hanger types explained below to see which hanger(s) you need.

You’ll also need different hangers depending on the materials you’re working with. For masonry walls, the Masonry Joist Hangers will be ideal, as an example.


Face Fix Joist Hanger
Face Fix hangers, or Jiffy Hangers as they can also be known as, provide fixing holes to fix to the face of the wall, but often have longer legs to allow them to be bent over or wrapped over (depending on which terminology you’re familiar with) the wall. To give additional support, this allows fixing them from the top too. Many heavy duty joist hangers are also Face Fixed. This type of hanger can also have the flanges showing either side, or concealed where they’re bent over, so they’re only visible when there’s no joist in the hanger.

Concealed Flange Joist Hanger
The advantage of using a concealed hanger, is that if the walls are not to be plastered, decoration can be completed right up to the edge of the joist without the steel showing at all.

Saddle Joist Hanger
These are designed to hang over both sides of a wall, joist or beam, to continue a joist line in the same direction. The hanger in this case will simply slot over the carrier.

Mini Joist Hanger
This type of hanger is used more so for studs and smaller timbers, which includes timber noggins in between floor joists. However, Mini Joist Hangers should not be used for structural timber and are typically used for square timber sections up to 50 x 50mm.

Skewed Joist Hanger
Skewed Joist Hangers are mainly used in the roof, or other areas where timbers meet each other at angles other than 90 degrees.

Long Legged Joist Hanger
This hanger is very useful when floors are being constructed at different levels to one another. The legs can be bent over to accommodate for various lengths. Find here.

Masonry Joist Hanger
Masonry hangers are usually welded in at least one place for added strength and are designed to be placed on top of a wall and hang directly down to carry the joist. Alternatively, it can also be built into a joint in the masonry wall.


Still need help?
Don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance. Simply contact our team and explain your project to us, and we’ll do everything we can to guide you towards the best product for you. We don’t direct you towards the most expensive. Instead, we try and find the best value for money in the process, helping you to save money too.

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