Corten—or weathering steel—is typically used for landscaping and outdoor construction. It is made with alloys that cause its surface to develop a self-protecting rust when exposed to weather. The insulating patina resists corrosion, requires no painting or weather-proofing, and doesn’t compromise structural strength. Landscape designers appreciate Corten for more than its warm hue. Generally available in sheet and plate form, its strength and durability combined with minimal thickness (typically 3/16 or 1/4 of an inch) allows it to serve in situations where a concrete wall, for instance, would not fit or would visually overwhelm its surroundings. Corten has been used for walls, edgings, dividers, planters, gate trims, and arbors; indeed, its versatility seems to be limited only by the designer’s imagination.
Wibio Contour is the perfect choice when it comes to demanding environments like parks and public spaces. This steel edging comes with a rolled top for safety and is ready for some heavy duty, which makes it your weapon of choice when hardscaping. Available in rigid or flexible variant.
Gnee is the ideal solution for edging of soft and hard landscapes. Choose from two types of material: CorTen® and galvanised steel. The profile has a length of 2.5 m and a height of 15 cm. The rolled top guarantees safety during maintenance and play. For locations subject to intensive traffic, A 6 mm thick profile is available. 3 mm will suffice elsewhere. Dry installation enables simple and swift installation of the profile. Available off the shelf, including all installation parts. landscape architect David Hocker says, “I love steel’s agrarian aesthetic; it’s so reminiscent of miles of steel fencing and pole barns.” In Walnut Creek, California, Joe Huettl raves about a mesmerizing juxtaposition in one of his projects that uses “swaying ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass to backdrop the steady, solid quality of Corten steel walls.” And in London, judges of the renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show practically drooled over the 2010 The Daily Telegraph garden installation designed by Andy Sturgeon, which won Best in Show and prominently featured sculptural Corten screens.