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Choosing Corten Steel | A Contemporary Material for Modern Gardens

Corten steel products are gaining in popularity

People are turning to Corten steel for its strength and beauty and we have seen this is a growing trend. Corten steel gradually forms a rich, beautiful patina, protecting the substrate within, meaning it can withstand all weather conditions for many years without corroding, it has been a favourite with designers and architects for many years and the public are finally joining in to appreciate its unique qualities.  The benefit of having Bespoke Corten metalwork is overwhelming, you will have a beautiful piece that will last, look beautiful and needs zero maintenance. The perfect high quality choice.

Bespoke Decorative Metalwork in Corten Steel is a speciality here at Stark & Greensmith

We love to see work with creative minded people, and turn their vision into a reality.  Even if we are just given the starting point of an idea we will work together with our clients to understand the structure needed for the space and design to the chosen aesthetic, our Creative Director is even available to design bespoke patterns if the project demands it. We often choose to create our bespoke decorative metalwork in corten steel as the material is sustainable, warm, tough and beautiful and we see ever more interesting requirements coming through to us from various clients, designers and architects. If you have an idea, get in touch so that together we can turn it into something special.

All of our products are hand made here in the UK, and all the metal we use is certified from accredited steel mills. Corten sheet can be laser-cut and welded, to make a huge variety of pieces. The material’s versatility is one of its many selling points.

Corten products weather naturally over time. We generally supply pieces in the un-weathered petrol-blue colour, unless weathering is specifically requested by the client, and the bespoke metalwork that has been fabricated will then weather naturally, turning first a relatively bright orange and then this patina will slowly darken over time, sitting back beautifully and enhancing the garden. All the stages of weathering have their own particular aesthetic appeal.

Can Corten items be “accelerated”, (made to weather faster) if needed?

Yes. There are a number of processes used to achieve this effect, but we believe the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way to do it is to spray the Corten product with salt water, and leave outside. Additionally, something as simple as laying a screen down overnight, so that dew can from upon the surface, makes a big difference to the speed at which the surface of your piece will change colour. This can be further accelerated by sanding the surface lightly to remove any “scale” which might be on the surface, which is a by-product of the process by which the material is formed at the steel mill itself.

Bespoke decorative metalwork in Corten steel is here to stay, and not just because they’re so durable: They look great as well.

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