Gibraltar Industries. has filed a patent for a casing bead that includes a base panel, stop bead wall, and flexible spacing element with an adhesive element for attachment to a vertical wall structure. The flexible spacing element allows for compression in response to the expansion of the structure. GlobalData’s report on Gibraltar Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Gibraltar Industries, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Gibraltar Industries's grant share as of January 2024 was 70%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Casing bead with flexible spacing element for vertical wall structures

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Gibraltar Industries Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20230374791A1) describes a casing bead for vertical wall structures, comprising a base panel, a stop bead wall with a flange, a flexible spacing element with an adhesive element, and a biasing portion to retain rigid wall surface material. The casing bead allows for adhesively attaching to a structure adjacent to the vertical wall, with the flexible spacing element accommodating expansion of the structure by compressing towards the stop bead wall. Additionally, a fin can be included for further engagement with the structure.

Furthermore, the patent application details a casing joint that includes two base panels with stop bead walls and flanges, separated by a flexible spacing element. This casing joint allows for accommodating expansion of surface materials on different portions of the vertical wall structure. An adhesive element is used for attachment to the vertical wall structure, and the flexible spacing element flexes to accommodate expansion, with the option of including a fin for additional support. The design of the casing joint ensures a secure and flexible connection between different portions of the vertical wall structure, allowing for movement and expansion without compromising the integrity of the joint.

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