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The key difference between interior and exterior corner guards is the force they may be hit with. Interior corners can get hit by furniture when people are moving in or out of the building. Exterior guards are heavier duty and need to withstand being run into by cars and trucks.
Interior Corner Guards
To install corner guards you need to determine the height of the corner you want to protect. The sizes to choose from are 4’ or 8’ long. If there is floor trim or crown molding, then measure between these, cut to size using a band saw (if accessible) or a hand grinder with a metal cutting disc. To adhere to the wall, use either silicone or double sided tape and apply down either side of the back of the guard. When installing on the wall, start with one corner – align on wall and slowly slide into place. If using silicone, apply on the wall and use painters tape strips to hold the guard to the wall for at least 24 hours before removing.
For 4 foot high guards where the top of the guard is easily visible, apply caulking along the edge to fill any gaps between the guard and the wall. You can use colour-matched caulking or clear, paintable silicone caulking which can be painted over to match the wall.
Exterior Corner Guards
Exterior guards are typically mounted on concrete pillars in underground parkades or on building corners constructed from various materials such as wood, brick, or concrete.
To mount these heavy duty guards, use wedge anchors with a countersunk nut. This will keep the guard firmly anchored and minimize any protrusions (such as bolt heads) that can get snagged if hit.
See our selection of interior and exterior corner guards.