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Architectural Cladding

Supplier: Zinc FX Art

For commercial applications we can offer advice and assist in architectural cladding, fencing and screens finished in corten, stainless steel and other metals.

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Corten steel is popularly sought after for architectural cladding and as exterior feature facades, for its rustic appearance. When rusted, Corten weathering steel develops a rich deep brown-red oxide surface through the use of alloy additions.  The added alloys encourage a very dense layer to develop on the exposed surfaces, enough to protect the underlying metal structure from corroding.  The layer protecting the surface develops and regenerates continuously when subjected to the influence of the weather.  Thus Corten needs not to be treated in any way prior to installation for longevity.

In conjunction with Pierre Le Roux Design, we offer 3mm hot rolled sheets and plates for exterior cladding projects.  There are a number of fixing methods available when cladding in Corten and we work with the architect or designer to achieve the desired facade.

Welded/corked fixings and joins are suited to buildings which command a seamless design.External fixings protruding from the face of the Corten, give a raw industrial feature to a façade.
Concealed fixings using counter sunk screws and express joints.

The use of Corten weathering steel in construction presents several challenges. Ensuring that weld-points weather at the same rate as the other materials requires special welding techniques or materials. Corten steel is not rustproof in itself. If water is allowed to accumulate in pockets, those areas will experience higher corrosion rates, so provision for drainage must be made. Corten steel's normal surface weathering can lead to rust stains on nearby surfaces.  Staining can be prevented if the structure can be detailed so that water does not drain from the steel onto concrete where stains would be visible.

Fencing in Corten steel panels and Corten steel screens can be custom designed as a modular fencing system for your property. Select from our privacy screen range or we can work with you to design your own privacy fencing to screen out your neighbours in a way that is also a landscape feature for your garden.

Business Signage that stands out using your logo or whatever custom design you desire.  Popular choices include light boxes or stainless steel lettering fixed proud on a Corten backing plate as examples.  Acid etching stainless steel plate or stencilling out a font are also popular options.

Unique and stylish mailboxes, from freestanding, lockable mailboxes to faceplates with street number fixed to a rendered wall.  We can custom design something unique or choose from our standard range and indicate your preferred lettering / numbering font.

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