Hat and Furring Channels are used in a variety of projects; they are extensively used in works of rebuilding and renovation of walls in the basement areas. It is very important to learn the right way of using the correct hat channel for furring. There are masonry walls included in most basement renovation works and also ceiling assemblies along with it. One can insert a hat channel in multiple ways as this depends on the type of wall that’s to be built- whether it is a concrete wall or a drop ceiling.
What is a Hat Channel?
A corrosion-resistant frame piece is known as a “Hat Channel”. This is utilized in furring out walls in masonry and ceiling-related projects. This may have several applications; of which basement renovations is the most common task.
The hat channels derive the name from the hat-like shape and the Z channelwhich is vastly used in industries, containing a grooved metal, particularly which enables proper leveling of walls. Its shape is ergonomically friendly, supporting an easy installation process, in an effortless manner.
Hat channels are made using several materials such as aluminum and steel. They have a constant demand from masons and builders; for they are the most affordable medium to plain the walls. They provide good protection for interior and exterior frames from the ill-effects of fire, corrosion, moisture and other harmful hazards and also are advantageous during the construction process.
Hat Channel Sizes:
Hat Channel is available in many sizes but its typical range that’s on demand is from ⅞ “furring channel to a 1 ½ “furring channel. A deeper channel can hold a higher capacity and they are measured in millimeters and inches. The hat channels enable a good quantity of loading capacity for any projects of different sizes.
The study about the wall thickness and its dimensional needs through the clips to be attached with the channels determines the right size of the hat channel that needs to be used.
Hat channels; always known as furring channels, are available in standard sizes and dimensions as per the buyer’s requirements at a nearby retail store. In case of a special project such as building a customized room or expansion of the basement; there is a need to place a special requirement.
Though, channels are available in more than one materials’ aluminum hat channels are most suited for cutting purposes. So, it is the most preferred one across the globe as in case of unmatched sizes or dimensions of the walls and ceilings-the use of aluminum hat channels solves the issue as it can be reduced to the required size and according to the dimension.
Hat Channel Dimensions:
The dimensions of a hat channel are determined from the furring project. Here is a list of some most standard lengths and depths that are readily available at a local hardware store or retail seller. This set of data can help you find the average sizes and dimensions that you can match and get the work done.
- 10’ long
- 12’ long
However, you do have the comfort of finding a suitable size that may match the uniqueness and particulars of a project. Sometimes, a basement renovation project can have a special custom work that may demand an off-sized hat channel. Most of the time, projects are successfully completed using the standard lengths and dimensions to perfectly fit the ceiling and the walls.
Metal Hat Channel:
Metal hat channels are prime favorites among masons and builders, even as there are traditional furring channels available in wood. Metal is proved to be a better material that supports the structure and is effortless to install without causing damages to other materials used in the construction.
Another reason metal channels are loved by most of the builders is for its fire and sound resistance qualities.
Steel and Aluminum Channels:
Galvanised steel hat channels along with Z channels are used for drop ceilings and walls. These steel channels are available in heavier gauges which enable a greater loading capacity for massive size projects. In case of a heavy-duty basement that will be at work round the clock; it is suggested that the steel channel- both the hat shaped or the Z channel (as per the work requirement) is the most durable option. This also as the material is rigid and heavily reliable.
Choosing a galvanised steel material helps in protecting against the flames and corrosion; promoting it as a long-lasting material for ceiling and wall areas. In case of custom hat and Z channels; aluminum is a better choice as it is a lighter material and can be easily chopped. The usability remains the same as it is equally resistant to fire and water as steel.