Product Spotlight: Top Hats

08 March 2024

Top hats – the backbone of every beautiful facade, but what makes them so important, and which ones should you use.

Steel Top Hats in Construction

Top hats, often referred to as junction studs in construction, serve as versatile and indispensable components for securing facade linings to the structural framework of a building. These elements find extensive application in both commercial and domestic construction projects, where they play a pivotal role in creating a durable and visually appealing external façade.

The primary functions of top hats in construction include:

  1. Supporting Facade Linings: Top hats are primarily employed to support various types of facade linings, which can range from cladding materials like metal, timber, or fibre cement sheets to insulation boards. They serve as a sturdy backbone for the entire cladding system.
  2. Secure Attachment: Top hats ensure a secure and reliable attachment of the facade linings to the building’s framework. This not only provides stability to the facade but also helps in maintaining the integrity of the building structure.
  3. Alignment and Aesthetics: Top hats aid in aligning and spacing the facade linings correctly. This is crucial for achieving a neat and visually appealing finish. They help prevent irregularities and ensure that the cladding is uniform and flush.
  4. Versatile Use: Top hats are versatile and can be adjusted or customised to suit various cladding types and installation requirements. This adaptability makes them suitable for a wide range of construction projects.
  5. Weatherproofing: When combined with appropriate sealants and flashing, top hats contribute to the weatherproofing of the building’s exterior. They help to create a barrier against moisture and other environmental elements, ensuring the longevity of the cladding and the structural integrity of the building.

Trumark Top Hat Options

Unmatched Expertise in Top Hats for Diverse Building Projects

With a wealth of experience in supplying top hats to the building industry, Trumark is well-versed in catering to a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from schools, apartments, childcare centres, sporting facilities, office buildings, and more. Our extensive background equips us with the expert knowledge required to comprehend your unique project needs. At Trumark, we recognise that top hats are an integral component of the facade system, and we take a comprehensive approach that encompasses everything from building membranes to cladding.

Our Comprehensive Top Hat Range
Our top hat offerings are designed to meet a variety of construction requirements:

  • Versatile Material Options: We provide top hats in Base Metal Thicknesses (BMT) of 0.75mm and 1.15mm gauge steel, ensuring compatibility with different project specifications.
  • Tailored Length Options: Choose from a range of lengths, including 3600mm and 6000mm, with the flexibility to accommodate custom lengths upon request.
  • Varied Top Hat Widths: Our range includes top hat widths of 50mm, 75mm, and 120mm. Notably, the 120mm wide top hat is thoughtfully designed with expansion zones in the fixing face, allowing controlled expansion and contraction where two lining boards converge.
  • Diverse Top Hat Heights: Top hats are available in heights ranging from 15mm to 50mm, providing versatility for a multitude of applications.
  • Enhanced Structural Performance: Strengthening ribs integrated into the 24mm, 35mm, and 50mm high top hats contribute to added stiffness, elevating the overall structural integrity.
  • Weatherproofing Excellence: For applications in express jointed facade systems, the central portion of the fixing face is recessed to accommodate a self-adhesive foam backing strip, ensuring a secure, weather-tight seal.
  • Effortless Installation: Our top hats are designed with a centrally located V-groove on the fixing leg, simplifying the process for self-drill screws to locate the centre of the leg.
  • Australian Quality: Rest assured that all our top hats are proudly manufactured in Australia, using high-quality, locally sourced steel, ensuring a commitment to excellence and reliability throughout your project.

In summary, top hats are integral components in construction, particularly in the assembly of external facades. Their ability to provide structural support, alignment, and secure attachment, along with their adaptability, makes them a popular choice for ensuring that the exterior of a building not only looks impressive but also functions effectively in all weather conditions.

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