Choosing Materials for Decorative Screens From Australia’s Screen Experts
Whether you are thinking about installing outdoor decorative screens yourself or getting someone else to install the designs at your Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney property, it’s 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.
This small residential project incorporates one of our architectural designs: ‘Pom Pom.’ Using aluminium RHS we custom make all the framework in-house and design the pattern to suit our client’s particular size requirements. Powder coated in a bright white satin; this tiny project has a great impact on the finished look of the property.
THE BEST TYPE OF MATERIALS FOR DECORATIVE SCREENS
There is a range of cheap and nasty materials used in of decorative screens, and their designs can leave customers out of pocket or their maintenance schedule damaged by having to replace shabby materials. At Kleencut Solutions our range of outdoor decorative screens have 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 materials if requested including, timber, acrylic, Perspex, plastic, copper, brass and more. If you are considering incorporating outdoor decorative screens into your building design, it’s essential are educated on the following materials.
Corten steel is a mild steel, and a trendy design choice for outdoor decorative screens, but once left to the elements it 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.
To attain the same look for a similar price we recommend using a solid aluminium plate and a wonderful product called ‘Interpon sable Core Ten powder coat.’ It’s a corten steel replica powder coating that is a great alternative. You still achieve that rusted look finish with a bit of texture, but you save on painful maintenance and expensive clear coatings.
Aluminium composite is the most popular and cost-effective material option for outdoor decorative screens and is frequently used in major home and 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 outdoor decorative screen designs. However, 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 a 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 is regularly seen on decorative screen designs, but it requires regular upkeep. Recycled timber doesn’t have the solid density of aluminium plate and therefore, it chips and scratches easily and can swell around the fixings over time. Being recycled hardwood pulp has the great upside of being eco-friendly, but that can be quickly forgotten when you add the routing, painting, oiling and various other toxic elements to achieve the finished product.
ADD STYLE TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS WITH OUTDOOR DECORATE SCREENS
At Kleencut Solutions 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.