Corten steel standard and bespoke street furniture
Choosing corten street furniture, is choosing originality. A daring choice resulting in a unique aesthetic. Corten steel lives, evolves and adapts itself to its environment. This material combines simultaneously steel and the warm aspect we are not used to assign to metal.
Corten steel is a traditional steel in its structure, composed of iron and carbon. It is different in the adding of various elements causing the forming of a top layer of rust. Indeed, we find in it phosphorus, copper and nickel. Therefore, according to the weather, an oxide layer will be formed. The latter is said “auto protective” in the way that it protects the deep steel piece.
Also called patina, this top layer tint itself from orange to brown shades. Insofar, more the weather is wet and cloudy, more the corten will be dark. Thus, your equipment will probably be brown. On the contrary, more the environment is dry and sunny, more the equipment will be in yellow or orange shades. We consider that patina takes 1 to 3 years to be formed. It will be mature when there will be no marks while touching it.
Based on our experience, we offer you “A” corten. Indeed, it is less porous and of a higher quality. Corten steel is worked with folding, bending and welding techniques. It requires thoroughness and detailled knowledges about the material.
Corten street furniture assets
Just like traditional steel, corten steel equipments are robust and strong. Therefore, the street furniture and street equipment could bear the weight of possible impacts. In the same way, it also presents a strong resistance against fire.
The main advantage of a corten steel urban equipment is its incomparable aesthetic. Simultaneously timeless and daring, it brings an unforgettable effect to minds. Its aspect is versatile because it fits any other style! However, each element is unique because it is subject to weather.
Corten street furniture drawbacks
During the patina process, rust sags can appear. By consequence, we advise you against installing it on a bright and porous ground. In the same way, it is to avoid for equipments with direct contact. For example, we can mention bench or else a corten table. Since, corten steel is to favour for elements like signage pannels, planters or even bins; however you have to choose a stabilizated, sanded and activated finish. Moreover, we advise you to apply a stabilizer every 18 months. It is to take in consideration, for the “maintenance” part of the equipments.
We also offer you the sanded finish, it speeds up the patina formation, you’ll then receive your furniture ready to “patinate”. Or else, if you prefer a furniture already with its patina and non stabilizated, the activated sanded version is the solution.
Still, the folding technique doesn’t allow us to offer you corten steel tubes.
The material choice must be done according to your needs. If you’re especially looking for the metal robustness, stainless steel, steel or even zinc can be considered. Unlike the aluminium which is to prefer for its flexibility. The corten steel assures you a strong product, long-lasting and original.
To know the details of other material for street furniture, we invite you to consult the developed characteristics on steel, aluminium, stainless steel, zinc, wood and recycled plastic.