During construction projects an endless series of decisions must be made. Some of the most important decisions revolve around choosing the best materials for a job while still staying within budget. Not an easy task.
Choosing products, especially new ones, is tedious because countless products come out every year. It is impossible to stay up-to-date about all the new construction innovations on the market. As a result, many contractors and architects stick with the same materials for every job and new or more effective products get skipped over.
Corner bead is a perfect example of this problem. Contractors and architects often stick with what they know – metal corner bead. Sure, metal bead has been part of the industry for a long time, but that does not make it the best. Vinyl corner bead offers five notable attributes that can make projects easier and enhance the finished space.
Vinyl beads are superior to metal beads in two important ways: Vinyl is dent and rust proof.
Metal beads can easily be damaged during transport if they are crushed or jostled. Meaning metal beads are ruined even before making it to the jobsite. In contrast, vinyl beads resist bending and denting that commonly occurs during transport.
Metal beads are a notoriously bad choice for damp areas, such as basements, kitchens or bathrooms. They can rust, which causes wall damage and discoloration. In contrast, vinyl beads excel in damp, moisture-prone areas. They resist rust and water damage, so they will stand the test of time without damaging or discoloring the finished wall. They also stand up to the sometimes harsh conditions of outdoor jobsites, where unexpected weather events can ruin metal beads if they are not stored carefully.
Vinyl is a flexible material that offers greater movement than traditional metal corner bead. This flexibility prevents cracks in finished walls that can occur with temperature fluctuations or building movement. Trim-Tex has specific products, such as Wall Mounted Deflection Bead, designed to protect against cracks from building movement. In addition, vinyl's inherent flexibility is a major advantage when expansion bead is required. 093V, a Trim-Tex vinyl expansion bead, offers two times the movement of zinc beads for optimal control in expansion joints.
Vinyl's bendability is a major benefit when building archways, vaulted ceilings and curved walls. While it is possible to use metal bead to finish curves and arches, its results are less than ideal. Curving metal bead requires labor intensive notching and the notches make it impossible to have a smooth arch.
While metal struggles to make nice curves, vinyl excels. Certain vinyl beads are specialized to bend easily, conforming to variety of contours. Vinyl bead allows architects and adventurous clients to realize their design dreams and achieve the results they desire.
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New and interesting vinyl bead shapes can be manufactured due to vinyl’s malleable properties. Instead of being stuck with the same corner bead for every project, drywall craftsmen can choose from over 200 shapes of vinyl corner bead products. Some popular examples of non-standard vinyl corner bead include bullnose, chamfer, reveal corner bead and niche bead. Each of these beads can create interesting layers and depth that elevate standard walls into extraordinary drywall art. With over 11 ways to finish an outside corner, Trim-Tex vinyl corner bead completely changes custom home building.
Green construction is more important than ever. Many homeowners and businesses are actively seeking out environmentally friendly building practices and LEED certification. For these conscientious customers, vinyl bead is a great choice. Vinyl bead is made from recycled materials, making them an eco-friendly option. Vinyl's exceptional durability also means less jobsite waste. Better yet, creative builders can make one-of-a-kind drywall art from drywall and corner bead offcuts.
With so many advantages to using vinyl beads, it is hard to imagine that metal beads have remained an industry standard for so long. Not only is vinyl bead easier to install, it is a more effective product and encourages creativity. Make the switch to vinyl bead – you won’t regret it.