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.

Strength

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.

Toughness

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.

Appearance

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?

Cost

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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