Clear corner guards have a number of benefits: they have optical clarity, they withstand heavy abuse, and they are affordable
A typical wall construction in a commercial building consists of steel studs and metal framing. Dry wall is intalled onto the steel studs. At the outside corners of the walls, an ugly joint exists. Drywall hangers and finishers will use joint compound to mud and sand the outside corners as well as any joints that exits where two pieces of drywall line up to each other. At the outside corner, an additonal piece is added, called corner bead. The corner bead piece covers and hides abnormalities that exist when drywall is hung rough. The corner bead can be plastic or metal and can have paper on it, or it can be bare.
After finishing and painting, the wall corner looks great. Unfortunately that is still a relatively high abuse area in the wall and joint compound, with a corner bead, is structurally fairly weak. A medium impact with the corner could break the drywall and unset the corner bead from the wall.
Corner Guards for walls can help prevent this timely and expensive installation process by preventing the damage in the first place.
Aluminum retainer corner guards are a very strong and durable option for corner protection for walls. This product is often chosen for healthcare facilities and high traffic/ high abuse areas in hospitality. The construction of the aluminum retainer corner guard consists of 3 man parts.
1. Aluminum retainer, which is screwed into the corner of the wall
2. The plastic pvc cover, which snaps over the aluminum retainer
3. 2 injection molded end caps, which fit inbetween the plastic cover and the aluminum retainer to make a flush finish
Upon impact, the plastic cover will flex tehe 1/4" or so of gap that exists between the retainer and the cover. This impact absorbtion allows for the guard to withstand heavy abuse and prevent the drywalled corner, behind the aluminum retainer, from damage, even amongst the heaviest abuse.
Clear corner guards have been the go-to product in wall protection for wall papered walls for a long time. Clear corner guards allow the pattern of the wall paper to be seen through the clear plastic, allowing the protection of the corner and edge of wall paper while blending into wall. Clear corner guards are made out of polycarbonate plastic material. Polycarbonate is used in many applications where a clear and strong plastic is required. For example, polycarbonate is used in safety glasses, airplane cockpit windows, and skylight roof windows. A result of the clarity of the material is a shiny or glossy finish, when a colorant is added to the product.
Due to the versatility of the clear material, maintenance professionals often choose to buy these products and have them in stock for use whenever a need arises.
Clear corner guards are attached to the wall via holes and screws or self stick tape. Both methods of attaching clear corner guards to the have drawbacks. Self stick tape, while clear, still has imperfect surfaces that show through the clear corner guard. Areas of the wall that are uneven and have partial contact with the tape will show through. Screwing the clear corner guard into the wall is a great option, but the screws are visible, which, on a light color wall, can be undesirable.
Textured vinyl corner guards are a very popular choice when choosing corner guards. They are available in a wide range of colors. Some manufacturers have up to 100 colors that they can make vinyl corner guards out of. Vinyl is a commonly used material in building and construction. Plasticized modified vinyl is used in most wire and cable applications, packaging, wall coverings, wall base, and window and door gasketing. Unplasticised vinyl, or rigid vinyl, is used in furniture trim, vinyl wall sheet, and bathroom stalls.