Friday 21 November 2014

Metal Corner Guards - Choosing What's Right For You

For those who are serious about protecting their walls it's a good idea to install metal corner guards whenever possible. It isn't enough to just install any metal corner guards though; different projects will require different guards. Deciding which guards are best for you may take a bit of planning, but can be well worth the effort.

To help you choose the best possible guards, here are four different areas you need to evaluate.


One of the primary considerations you need to keep in mind is how strong your corner guards need to be. For example, do you need to have thick, industrial primed steel or stainless steel on your corners? Or will aluminum do the job just as well? You need to look at what the dangers are to your corners, and what would best protect the walls.


While armoring your corners with steel guards might leave you feeling secure, you also need to ask yourself how long your guards are going to last once they're in place. Will your guards have to deal with moisture? Will they have to endure temperature changes, or are they going to be in a temperature-controlled environment? Bare steel is strong, there's no doubt, but it will rust fairly quickly. Aluminum might not be as strong, but it won't rust no matter what kind of environment you put it in.  Stainless steel is often considered the best combination of strength and corrosion-resistance.


Sometimes you can focus on pure functionality when it comes to your metal corner guards, and sometimes you have to take the overall aesthetic into account. If you're in an office space that's geared to look upscale and appealing with galvanized steel be the fly in the punch bowl? Would brushed stainless or shiny aluminum checker plate corner guards be more attractive, and maintain the look of a room while still providing the protection you need?


It's imperative to know what your budget is before you start buying metal corner guards. You need to know how much money you can afford to spend, as well as how many corner guards you're going to need (and in what dimensions those guards have to cover). Once you know that you can figure out the maximum amount of money you can spend per cover guard. This will keep you from buying outside your price range, but it's important to note that you may be able to get a discount on your metal guards if you're buying them in bulk.

Some quick tips can be found in our video:

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

What Are The Advantages of Galvanized Steel Corner Guards?

Corner guards have become a necessity when it comes to building. They provide an understated protection for wall corners, ensuring that as little casual damage is done to them as possible. Whether it's from moving furniture into an office or just the constant touching that comes from people rounding the corners installing the proper guards can be a life saver.

For those who need strong, enduring corner protection though it's a good idea to invest in galvanized steel corner guards.

Why Buy Galvanized Steel Corner Guards?

Steel corner guards are strong, durable options for protecting corners for years. The problem with standard steel guards is that they have all the weaknesses of standard, untreated steel, such as its predilection for corrosion in areas with a lot of moisture. For warehouses or offices in humid areas like dock fronts or along the coast this can be a serious and expensive issue.

Galvanized steel on the other hand is specifically made to give you all the strength bonuses of steel corner guards without the inherent weaknesses of untreated steel. Galvanized steel is still strong, but galvanized steel is resistant to corrosion and other forms of oxidation. The reason for that is there's a zinc coating that is worked into the steel (not just the surface), and the zinc helps protect the steel from the elements like a chemical shield. Galvanized steel will still succumb to constant exposure eventually, but often it will outlast standard steel by many years.

Is It Worth It?

Galvanized steel corner guards do cost slightly more than standard steel ones, and for good reason. The question that builders need to ask if if they're going to get their investments' worth throughout the lifetime of the galvanized steel corners. On the one hand if there's little concern about oxidation and harsh elements then steel will get the job done just fine. If there's going to be moisture, dampness, and other conditions that will lead regular steel to rust then not only will galvanized steel corner guards last longer but there will be fewer costs in time and labor while replacement sets are installed.

It's all about the long game.

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Friday 7 November 2014

When Selling Your Home, Time is Just as Valuable as Money

Before putting your home on the market, you want to be sure it's in its best shape, both outdoors and inside. A sought-after feature of many houses today is a dedicated home office, or a space that can be converted into one. Even if you're not yet ready to sell, there are several investments that you can make now that will pay off in the long run, in terms of adding value to your home.

When trying to appeal to home buyers, practicality and aesthetics are surely two of your main concerns. If you don't want to spend a lot of time (or money) transforming your office space, consider the following simple improvements:

Add energy-efficient windows. The quality of the windows in the main living areas can make or break a home sale. With new windows, you can increase natural light while achieving savings on future heating and cooling costs. You can also receive significant tax breaks while you still own the home.

For even more energy efficiency, invest in a programmable thermostat, and replace traditional light bulbs with CFL bulbs in your light fixtures. The future owners surely will appreciate the cost savings that you've initiated for them.

Finally, install Boss Corner Guards to protect the new residents from sharp edges, especially if they have children or pets. Our stainless steel metal corner guards are the ideal solution for the smaller spaces in your home, such as the home office. Their modern appearance complements any style while also protecting your walls.

We know that your time is just as valuable as moneyContact us today to get started on your home office improvements.