Corner and wall protectors are designed to prevent the appearance of scuff marks and other blemishes on the walls of homes and businesses. Although some protectors hug the bottom edges of walls and cushion the impact of foot traffic, others run along the middle of walls, protecting them from rolling strollers, wheelchairs and other errantly guided objects. Some of the most common corner and wall protectors include corner guards, wall guards and handrails.
Corner guards are strips of material that are bent—typically at 90-degree angles-- so they can fit over and protect the corners of walls. According to Floormat-store.com, corner guards are usually made from aluminum or stainless steel and often are covered in a tough vinyl coating. You can install most models by using screws, double-sided tape or another adhesive specified by the instruction manual. Although most corner guards have 90-degree angles, some can cover 135-degree corners.
When it comes to wall guards, shock absorption is of crucial importance to prevent potential cracks and dents to the walls. According to Wall-protection-systems.com, most wall guards feature rubber interiors for optimum absorption, as well as flexible vinyl covers. Wall guards come in long strips of varying dimensions that you can apply along the bottom of walls as well as at the mid-level, such as above wainscoting or wood paneling.
Handrails are a multifunctional solution for corner and wall protectors. Although most commonly used in stairwells, handrails can also be useful when placed throughout homes, especially if elderly or disabled individuals are present. Handrails are made from a variety of woods, such as ash, oak and maple, and can be installed using handrail brackets. According to Floormat-store.com, there are also handrails available that are designed like wall guards and feature the same shock absorption qualities.
Wall-protection-systems.com also notes corner and wall protectors that are designed specifically for outdoor, industrial and otherwise high-impact use. These heavy-duty protectors are made from ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM rubber, which is an extremely flexible, synthesized material.
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