Beads

from Plasterers 1 Stop Shop

Plastering and rendering beads are useful construction supplies. They create a big difference to the resulting finish of a wall. They are also so easy to use that they have become popular among those who perform DIY plastering.

What are plastering and rendering beads used for?

Rendering and plastering beads are mainly used for the protection of edges of the surface being plastered. They are basically vertical mouldings used during plastering and rendering to reinforce the plaster or render.

It would be difficult to perform rendering and plastering on edges without the beads. The result would be a very weak edge that would be easy to crack or break off. The beads, which are usually made of galvanised iron and a strip of metal lath, reinforces the strength of the render or plaster. At the same time, they make it easier for the render or plaster to stick to the surface.

This may sound like some minor benefit but it’s actually something significant for any plastering and rendering job. The enhanced structural strength and ease of plaster/render application benefits that the beads provide cannot be regarded as an immaterial advantage.

How many types of plastering and rendering beads are available at Plasterers 1 Stop Shop?

Plasterers 1 Stop Shop offers a good variety of plastering and rendering bead types. The shop offers three types of plastering beads, thin coat stop bead, thin coat angle bead, and hook-on bead. The thin coat stop bead is usually 3 millimetres thick and 2.4 meters long. As the name implies, it is used at a point on the wall where no further plastering will be carried out. The thin coat angle bead, on the other hand, is used on the edge where two surfaces intersect. The third type, the hook-on bead, is simply attached to the surface where it is needed. When it comes to rendering beads, the shop offers five types. These are the Bellcast, Corner, Movement, Stop, and Specialist Meshed Profile beads.

What is the difference between a Belicast, Corner, and Movement render bead?

Bellcast is intended for straight and clean edge finishing render. It features perforated wings, which make it suitable for use in environments with high levels of dampness and corrosive substances. Corner beads are, as the name implies, used when a true corner is needed and to achieve clean and smooth lines across corners.

Movement beads, on the other hand, are meant for applications where little movement in the render is anticipated. They are designed to significantly reduce the cracking caused by thermal expansion and contraction.

These three different beads serve different needs. Before going to a hardware store to buy plastering and rendering needs, it’s important to ascertain what specific beads are required for a project.


Additional Information

At Plasterers 1 Stop Shop we offer a variety of plastering and rendering beads specifically selected for the trade. However, they are so easy to fix and make such a difference to the finish, that they are increasingly popular among DIY plasterers as well!


With three different types to choose from, we can offer the right plastering bead for your specific project. Whether you are a professional plasterer with an important commercial job to complete, or are thinking of turning your hand to some DIY plastering in your own home, our range of beads can be used to divide large areas into more manageable segments. These beads are especially useful when working with skim plaster which goes off very quickly, or with top coat plaster when your time and attention is focused on achieving a smooth finish and avoiding ridges and scrapes.

Our 3mm Thin Coat CATNIC Stop Bead is made of high-quality galvanised steel and, as the name suggests, is intended for use in thin coat finishes. It works by creating a chip, impact and crack-resistant barrier, and is suitable for plaster depths of up to 3mm. This particular bead comes in at 2.4m but can of course be cut to any size to suit your specific project.

When working on internal corners, our angle stop beads can be used to achieve a professional and even finish with good resistance to impact damage. They can be easily fixed to brick/block work, timber, steel and concrete using our complete range of fixings, which can be found under the ‘Plastering and Rendering Supplies’ category of our website. Manufactured from galvanised steel, our angle beads are extremely robust and available to purchase in a selection of sizes.

We also offer a wide selection of rendering beads suitable for use on even the trickiest of external walls and in all weather conditions. Manufactured by Wemico, a local but leading brand in the manufacture of external wall insulation profiles and external rendering, our rendering beads are unrivalled when it comes to quality, strength and reliability.

Whatever your project, we have a range of rendering beads to suit, including bellcast, corner, movement, stop and meshed. All are made from the highest quality materials, such as galvanised steel and PVC, which helps to protect against abrasion and corrosion in harsh weather conditions. All of our rendering beads are available to purchase through our website in either white or ivory. However, if you’re looking for a bead to perfectly match the render of your choice, we can offer a range of bespoke colours upon request. Lead times on these items will vary.

All of our plastering and rendering beads are available for next day delivery in the UK. If you live outside of the UK (including Ireland and the Channel Islands), please contact us to arrange a delivery and agree a price.

For more information about our selection of professional plastering and rendering beads, please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team on 01242 236699, or send an email to sales@plasterers1stopshop.co.uk.