Aluminium Profiles

Top Hats

Vertical application
Horizontal application
Fast installation
Heavy materials

Generally used between the Helping Hand brackets and steel studs, when the rainscreen system supports doesn’t match the main structure. 

The tophats are designed to support heavy weights with a low profile to reduce the impact on the insulation.

The fixed point holder tophat has increased flanges so that the fixings can be placed vertically ensuring the fixings are positioned into the centre of the SFS stud.

The sliding point holder tophat and reduced flanges as only one fixing is required on the top and bottom flanges, the tophats require fixing at stud locations, typically 60mm centres. 

The depth of the tophat is designed to ensure the bracket fixing does not penetrate the SFS sheathing board. 

Bracket and profile configuration is specified by RJ Facades technical department. To submit your project specifics please go to Facade Designer.

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  • Downloads
  • Approvals
  • Typical Façade Types
  • Technical Characteristics
  • Approvals


    UL Winmark Approval (UKAS Product Certification)

    The UL Certification covers the full range of brackets and accessory components. The aluminium and stainless EVT brackets and components are manufactured and fabricated in Europe and the UK at UL audited manufacturing sites.

    The Approval Covers

    A detailed overview of the certified products 

    Technical specification of the products 

    An initial assessment of the certified company's factory production control systems.

    Design considerations

    A review of the products documentation to help demonstrate compliance with the applicable requirements of the UL Scheme. 

    An assessment of the certified products contribution to any key requirement of the building regulations.

    An overview of the certified companies product installation requirements and procedures.

    An overview of all supporting test documentation used for the product evaluation. 

    Ongoing surveillance of the certified company's factory production control system and procedures.  

    The conditions under which this product certification is valid.  

  • Typical Façade Systems


    Bravo-W Support System for aluminium hook-on cassette panels. 

    Bravo-H Support System for aluminium tongue and groove cassette panels. 

    Vario-L Support System to support aluminium lamella panels. 

    Vario-F Support System to support face fixed façade materials

    Forte Support System for supporting stone facades up to 60kg

    Forte-L Support System for supporting stone facades up to 40kg

    Forte-P Support System for supporting heavy façade materials up to 90kg

    Brickslip Support System for supporting brick facades. 

    Kerf Support System for supporting ornate shaped stone panels. 

  • Technical Characteristics


    Typical bracket configuration uses the Fixed Point bracket at the highest position on the vertical rail to support the façade vertical dead loads. The Sliding Point bracket is used typically on all other positions on the vertical rail to absorb the project wind loading

    The system benefits from using a standard helping hand system, which is interchangeable with other RJ Facades helping hand systems based on the project requirements. 

    Bracket configuration is specified by RJ Facades technical department. To submit your project specifics please go to Facade Designer.

    RJ Facades offer one of the UK's largest range of Helping Hand brackets which have been designed to help achieve the the required U-Value while helping to support the facade system going back to the backing wall.

    Project thermal calculations to confirm insulation thickness available on a project by project basis.

    RJ Facades design issued by the our technical department can be covered by Product and design insurance if required.

    System components available in AutoCAD and PDF downloads.

    RJ Facades offer a standard, available ex stock UK, range that covers most design requirements.

    All rails available to specific RAL colours in Qualicoat on an order to order basis.