Whether you are thinking about installing decorative screens yourself or getting someone else to install them, it is incredibly important that you use the correct materials. Your screen could look amazing, but if the right materials haven’t been used, it won’t look that way for long. Before you start on any screening project, ensure that you have read up on the best quality materials to use.
There is a range of cheap and nasty materials used in the decorative screening industry, that can leave customers out of pocket or their maintenance schedule damaged; having to replace shabby materials. At Kleencut Solutions our ranges only use high quality 3mm solid aluminium plate with a Dulux powder coated finish. For custom projects we can of course use a whole range of other high quality material if requested from; timber, acrylic, Perspex, plastic, copper, brass and more. If you are considering a decorative screen make sure you are educated on the following materials.
Corten steel is a mild steel that once left to the elements will develop a beautiful rusty patina and texture. Used in the right specific application it is great. However that lovely looking discolouration will leech rusty stains all over whatever is beneath it, creating a maintenance or cleaning nightmare for the unsuspecting customer. There are ways to combat such a thing by using marine clear coat sealers, although they tend to burn off in the sun over time, thus costing more money than anticipated.
What we recommend to attain the same look for a similar price, is to use a solid aluminium plate and a wonderful product called “Interpon sable Core Ten powder coat”. It is a corten steel replica powder coating that is a great alternative. You still achieve that rusted look finish with a bit of texture, however you save on painful maintenance and expensive clear coatings.
Aluminium composite is the most popular product being used as a budget option material for decorative screens, frequently seen used in the major home & hardware stores. This product is a 3 year time bomb waiting to happen. Developed in china using a .1mm D grade recycled aluminium skin on each side, it is made for cladding usage and meant to have a silicon expansion joint covering any cut edges. More and more companies are using this as a budget option for screens. What people don’t realise, is that it in 3-4 years all the ugly open edges, where you can see the composite, will deteriorate and the cheap dream will become their nightmare. We all love to save a buck here and there, but in some cases when you are looking to renovate or bring some life to your space, you are far better looking at the purchase as an investment. Spend a bit extra to have a high end top quality product, like powder coated solid aluminium plate laser cut screens.
Recycled timber is another product currently on the market, that requires constant re-oiling maintenance or expensive painting to achieve the desired colour. This material requires regular upkeep; it doesn’t have the solid density of aluminium plate, therefore it chips and scratches easily and can swell around the fixings over time. It does of course have one great upside, being it’s recycled hardwood pulp and good for our planet, but that is quickly forgotten when you add the routing, painting, oiling and various other toxic elements to achieve the finished product.
At Kleencut we can fully install your products or give you all the know how to DIY install yourself, making sure you choose the right products. It can be easier than you think and save you in the pocket at the same time. We want to open a topic of discussion, where you the client can ask any questions you may have that we can help with your project.