Creating a wall assembly that’s fully code compliant is full of hoops you’ll have to jump through, some simple and some terribly tedious. If you’re a commercial drywaller working in huge spaces with wide-open floorplans, you’re probably already familiar with the headaches code-compliant control joints can cause. Traditionally, to make these control joints fire rated, you’ll need a wealth of backing materials to prevent the spread of smoke and fire, in addition to an expansion bead that can handle the stresses of expansion and contraction within the wall system — in total, this process can be both costly and time-consuming. So, what is a Fire Rated 093V Expansion Bead? It’s our solution to satisfy both these requirements in a single step; it’s manufactured to move along with the structure, while saving you time, money and frustration on firestopping. It’s a win-win-win.
To answer this question more fully, let’s take a closer look at what control joints are, and how the Fire Rated 093V Expansion Bead (also known as 093X-V) revolutionizes the traditional process for installing them.