At EWI Store we offer many different types of beading, all designed to help strengthen specific areas of the render system or external wall system. You will notice many of our beads have mesh wings – these are designed to be embedded within the basecoat layer of thin-coat render systems.

EWI-66520 Corner Bead – 2.5m

Corner bead, as the name suggests, is used on the corners of the building to provide additional strength. Corners are more liable to encounter knocks than other areas of the wall surface, so it is therefore very important to provide extra reinforcement via this type of beading.

The corner bead also helps provide a perfect 90-degree corner, as well as ensuring a straight line up the corner, giving a more aesthetically pleasing finish once rendered.

This EWI-66520 bead is specifically for thin-coat render systems. The bead is covered by the basecoat adhesive and render, so once the job is finished you will not see any of this corner bead protruding out of the render system (unlike monocouche/scratch renders, where the corner bead is visible in the system).

Corner beads are not required in internal corners – only external corners!

EWI-65901 Flexible Corner Bead – 25m

While EWI-66520 is great for reinforcing 90 degree corners, it is unsuitable if there is any variation in angle. Our flexible corner bead allows you to reinforce angles that are not 90 degrees. The corner bead comes in long 25-metre strips, and when cut to size, helps provide the additional strength in areas that tend to encounter more knocks than average.

The bead is to only be used with thin coat systems and is fully embedded within the basecoat render system, so once installed no beading will be visible.

EWI-63331 Bellcast Bead – 2.5m

Our bellcast bead is only used in render-only systems, it is mesh free and is available in two variations – 6mm or 10mm. 6mm is used for thin coat render systems, while the 10mm is used for scratch renders.

The bellcast bead is embedded within the basecoat layer at the bottom of the wall where you want the render to finish (normally above the DPC level). The bellcast allows you to generate a nice straight finish at the bottom of the render, but also it serves an important secondary function. The bellcast bead provides a protruding lip that directs water away from the wall – this lip means water cannot run back along the bead to the wall helping to prevent damp forming.

EWI-66458 Reveal Bead – 2.5m

The reveal bead is used around windows to help provide a tidier finish. It also means that silicone is not required. The bead is used on vertical reveals, as well as the top reveal, and can be used on EWI systems (where the mesh is tied into the reveal using the basecoat adhesive) or the mesh can be cut and used on render-only systems.

The reveal bead has a removable tab, so once the final top coat has been applied, you can simply remove the tab, leaving a nice crisp clean finish.

This reveal bead is available in either white or grey (to match windows finished with RAL-7016). This reveal bead comes with a ‘O’ ring of rubber which sits on the window frame and compresses to give a waterproof seal when the bead is installed correctly.


EWI-66470 Reveal Bead (with sponge) – 2.5m

This reveal bead is very like EWI-66458, although instead of using the compressible rubber ‘O’ ring, it uses a sponge to provide the seal. This reveal bead is only available in white.

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EWI-66485 Window Header Bead (with drip) – 2.5m

This bead resembles EWI-66520 corner bead, however when you look closely there is a drip on the bead. This bead is used in EWI systems, and prevents water travelling back along the reveal at the top of window frames. The drip on the bead ensures that water travelling vertically down the wall towards a window will then be forced to drip down onto the window sill.

The bead has two mesh wings, which are embedded into the basecoat layer – ensure that you install the bead in the correct orientation as per the picture below.

EWI-64410 Aluminium Starter Track – 2.5m

This is our basic starter track and forms a stable plinth on which you can build up the EWI systems. The aluminium starter track is available in a few different thicknesses as standard – 50mm, 70mm, 90mm and 100mm however other sizes are available to accommodate other thicknesses of insulation but these are made to order (expect a delay of 5 working days if wanting to order bespoke products).

The aluminium starter track is attached to the wall at 300mm centres using screws and rawl plugs. We recommend connecting aluminium starter track to adjacent pieces using starter track connectors to help increase strength.

EWI-64650 Clip on Profile – 2.5m

This particular bead is normally bought in conjunction with the aluminium starter track. It is the mechanism with which the aluminium starter track is tied into the external wall insulation System. ­­­­­The bead clips on to the front edge of the aluminium starter track and then is embedded within the basecoat layer of the EWI system.

EWI-64206 (+ EWI-64216) – Premium Starter Track

Our Premium Starter Track is made from high strength uPVC. It consists of two parts – a female part that is attached to the wall using screws/rawlplugs at 300mm centres, and a male part.

The male part of the premium starter track slides into the female part of the starter track. The reason there are two different product numbers is that this starter track is designed to work with a range of different insulation thicknesses.

EWI-64206 is used for EPS thicknesses between 50-90mm

EWI-64216 is used for EPS thicknesses between 100 – 160mm

The premium starter track does not require the additional clip-on profile, since there is already a mesh wing connected to the leading edge of the male part of the starter track – and it is this that is that gets embedded within the basecoat layer of the EWI system.

EWI-66500 Flexible uPVC Arch Bead – 2.5m

Flexible uPVC arch bead is used to form perfect arches, either internally or externally. The bead sits within the basecoat layer and provides sharp clean edges as well supporting the angles against accidental impacts.

The flexible arch bead has been constructed to allow it to match the contours of the arch, but also to provide additional strength.

Once the bead has been embedded within the thin coat render system it is no longer visible.

EWI-66417 Stop Bead – 2.5m

Our stop bead is used at the edges of our thin coat render systems to get a clean sharp finish. It comes with a 100mm wing of mesh that gets embedded into the basecoat layer. Stop bead can be used in several situations – including providing a stop to the render at window and door frames and at changes to the facade to produce a straight finish. The stop bead also helps provide some protection against impact.

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