Ever since we rolled out our latest product, Fast Edge®, late last year, we've been calling it "the next generation of corner bead." Why? It advances drywall corner beads in a number of ways, but most notably, in the time it takes contractors to finish their corners and the amount of mud they'll use. And drywall finishers have taken note: our Fast Edge® family of corner beads is already the fastest-selling product line in Trim-Tex's 51-year history. It's one thing to make bold claims — to tell you that this dynamic new corner bead is going to help contractors save time and material — and it's another thing to put them to the test. So that's exactly what we did!
The Fast Edge® Time and Material Study
We recently brought two pro finishers to Trim-Tex HQ to put several of the top corner beads in the industry head-to-head against our own Fast Edge® and Fast Edge® Paper. For the sake of this study, each installed 10 eight-foot beads. After each installation, the clock stopped and elapsed time recorded. Those times, and the weight of the mud they used, were averaged between the two installers — here are the results.
Based on the time it actually took to apply, install and finish these corner beads, Fast Edge® Paper and Fast Edge® walk away the winners. Between Fast Edge® and the average of the two brands of paper faced metal corner beads we tested, six minutes and 20 seconds of time savings for 10 pieces may not seem like much — but multiply that by 50, across an entire floor of a commercial building, and you're looking at a time savings of over five hours!
And that's not even counting the entire day that Fast Edge® will save you over its competition; it fully installs within just 24 hours, without ever having to touch quickset or hot mud. Factor in the time it takes to get back to the jobsite the next morning to finish the job, and the labor costs that will add, and Fast Edge® has a clear competitive advantage. As we like to say around here: just mud & done.
FINAL RESULTS: Fast Edge® is 13% faster on average to install than paper composite, and 17% faster than paper faced metal beads, not even counting the entire day saved to finish each bead.
When it comes to saving on material, there's really nothing like Fast Edge® out there. For just these 10 eight-foot pieces, it accounts for a savings of 19 pounds of mud over the average of paper faced metal beads. For a full box of Fast Edge® (50 pieces), that savings goes up to 95 pounds. Besides cutting your mud expenses almost in half, that's 95 pounds you're not lugging around, installing and mixing at the jobsite day in and day out, for every box of eight-foot corner beads.
FINAL RESULTS: Fast Edge® uses 30% less mud on average than paper composite, and 43% less mud than paper faced metal beads.
This time and material study set out to prove that Fast Edge® performs better than the competition, and the results speak for themselves.
The savings on both time and material are just the beginning of the advantages Trim-Tex's Fast Edge® family provides. We haven't even touched on how much better these vinyl drywall corner beads perform when you try to damage them, or how our patented Mud Lock Technology creates a stronger bond between the bead and the drywall. For more information on the strengths of Fast Edge®, you don't have to take our word for it: Check out Pro Remodeler's recent video on the "Top 3 Reasons to Use Trim-Tex Fast Edge® on Your Next Remodel Project."