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Corten Steel: Your Next Custom Project

Corten Steel can give your space a rustic yet modern feel while lasting for years. 

Living in Austin, you’re bound to see Corten Steel incorporated into landscaping. Not only does it look nice, it lasts longer than any other material you could use for raised planters. Let’s take a look at all the benefits, as well as view some examples where Corten steel has helped elevate a space.

What is Corten Steel? Corten steel is actually a well-known brand name for weathering steel. While other materials and metals begin to corrode over time, Corten steel develops an oxidized finish that protects it from erosion. While you may think of rust as a bad thing, in the case of steel planters, it’s actually helpful! It coats the steel to help protect it from the elements while giving the planter an earthly look. Brown and dark orange colors appear, and new textures develop, adding a nice contrast to the green plants inside.

Corten steel can be used for many elements in the landscape. Incorporating metal edging, trellises, and even sculpture, can help tie in your new steel raised beds. Check out the photos for some examples of how we incorporate Corten steel into landscapes other than planters.

Corten steel is extremely durable and will last for 10 years or more, even in less than ideal conditions. Their longevity depends on drainage, climate, and the thickness of the steel. When creating custom planters with this material, we keep these factors in mind so that you are able to enjoy them for years to come. They may be more expensive up from than other materials, but they are cost effective in the long run. While other materials would need replacing, Corten steel will last you years.

Our latest project involving Corten Steel was for our sister company Garden Seventeen! They needed large planters that would last for years to come. It was a blast working with them on this project and we can’t wait to see how the planters change as time goes on and how their plants grow in. Check out some photos from the project below!

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