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ClarkDietrich Grows Fire-Rated Head-of-Wall Product Line With New UltraBEAD

Newly Updated Website Taxonomy Simplifies Head-of-Wall Product Selection

West Chester, Ohio - July 7, 2021 – ClarkDietrich has expanded its family of head-of-wall products with the addition of UltraBEAD, a smoke, fire and sound-rated bead that gives architects and specifiers an efficient, high-performance solution for fire-stopping and acoustical control applications. ClarkDietrich UltraBEAD features a proprietary compressible foam that provides smoke, fire and sound containment in fire-resistant joint systems in or between fire-resistance-rated walls and floor-ceiling or roof-ceiling assemblies. Head-of-wall assemblies using UltraBEAD have been tested and provide STC ratings of up to 52. Additional details are available here.

When used in conjunction with UltraTRAK slotted deflection track or Deep Leg deflection tracks, ClarkDietrich UltraBEAD provides a 1or 2 hour fire-rated assembly for a ¾” max joint and is UL 2079-Fifth Edition compliant. UltraBEAD is also available with Rip Bead® to create a crisp finished edge.

Because head-of-wall assemblies and solutions can be confusing, ClarkDietrich has added another tool to their website to help their customers. Newly updated website taxonomy for fire-rated systems makes it possible to filter to the correct product based on assembly requirements.

ClarkDietrich also wants to make it easier to ask questions and research fire-rated systems, which is why they created a dedicated Fire-Rated System Technical Support page. All a customer has to do is fill out a quick, comprehensive web form and a technical service representative will contact them to help make the best product selections for their fire-rated project.

“At ClarkDietrich, we are always striving to be a trusted advisor in our industry. We do this by working to develop products that not only make work for architects and contractors easier and safer, but also more profitable,” said Terry Westerman, vice president, marketing, ClarkDietrich. For more information on UltraBEAD or Fire-Rated System Technical Support, visit

About ClarkDietrich®
ClarkDietrich® is the leading manufacturer of a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior and exterior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich as the largest manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.  For more information, visit