There are many different options in hat channel, and how the product is going to be used will be important in making a choice between available types. This particular aluminum channel is sometimes also known as a furring channel, especially in the construction industry.
Once you see hat channel, you will quickly understand the name. This particularly shape resembles a taller or a shorter old style stovepipe hat if cut in half. There are two shorter to longer flanges on the bottom, and then the sides both go up to the top. There can be shorter heights or taller heights required for different types of construction needs.
The design of hat channel allows it to sit up off of the walls, or down from the ceiling, to provide a space between the actual surface of the wall or ceiling and the material being used. This is typically going to include ceiling panels or gypsum panels but it can also include different materials as well.
Gauge and Size
The weight of the material that will be used to create the visible surface of the wall or the ceiling will need to be considered when selecting hat channel. The heavier the gauge and the size of the furring channel the greater the load it can carry. Additionally, when there are wider spans between the channel the heavier gauge and size of the channel is recommended.
Interior or Exterior
With the use of aluminum hat channel, which is naturally corrosion-resistant and can stand up to environmental conditions without becoming damaged, rusted or pitted, interior or exterior construction is possible.
It will be important to consider the natural of the use of the channel as well as the location of the room or building when selecting the right type of channel. All aluminum will work in normal environmental conditions and with its high strength to weight ratio, it is a great option.
How to Apply
Keep in mind that hat channel is always applied perpendicular to the framing, and it can be fixed directly to wood or steel using the appropriate fasteners. In most applications one screw or power-driven nails on each side at each stud at 16-inch centers, or in some applications it is also possible to use 24-inch centers.
In some applications, including for drop ceilings, it is also possible to use tie wire or metal channel clips to attach the hat channel. Talking to an expert on installing the product will provide you with tips and options for the most effective and efficient installation process given your unique project.