Types & Uses For Metal Channels

Metal ChannelsMetal framing is very useful for a lot of construction in many regions throughout the world and is especially popular in the United States although it is migrating steadily across to Europe and other areas. A decent zinc coating safely protects metal frames from corrosion for centuries, and metal channels nicely support the underlying studs within the frame itself. Although these channels can be made from quite a wide variety of different metals, the most commonly used are steel (or stainless steel) and aluminiumas they are durable and relatively lightweight. There are also different types of channels depending on the application and installation required.

U and J channels look quite similar and are both shaped like the letters – U channels have two walls of the same height while J channels have one wall taller than the other. Both types of U and J metal channels come in different sizes or can be custom moulded, and are normally secured to wall studs to help with rigid connections or for lateral bridging.

Hat channels, also sometimes called furring channels, have two outward flanges for the “brim” of the hat and then two verticals making the “sides.” They have flat, horizontal surfaces and are used in furring out masonry walls and ceiling installations. Hat channels are particularly valued on walls as they provide excellent support for securing interior boards to external walls.

Strut channels have inward flanges to give them extra strength, and are used in a variety of different ways including tracking and wiring channels, pipe supports and general reinforcement. These aluminium channels can also be given snap or slide-on covers which allow them to create ducts for wires or cables.

C channels are sometimes also called box channels – the two are actually quite similar, although they are represented differently in technical drawings and design documentation. C channels are normally shown with their opening on one side while box channels have their openings drawn on the top or bottom. Regardless of the precise nonclemature, these metal channels act rather like rectangular tubes or metal box sections with a gap in one of the sides. They are normally used in purlins and can also be combined with other lightweight roof trusses or building components.

For a wide range of metal channels, box sections and other components in stainless steel, aluminium and brass, all cut to your size requirements and available to buy online now, visit www.clickmetal.co.uk.

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