What type of materials do you offer?
We confidently fabricate planters out of aluminum, stainless steel, and corten steel.
Will you make custom planters and build to our specifications?
Absolutely! Custom planters are our specialty! Contact our sales department for a custom quote.
If my planter is for outdoors, do you include drainage?
It is important that we know whether your planters will be placed indoors or outdoors. If they are placed indoors, your planter will be water tight. If your planter is for outdoors, we will fabricate drainage holes on the bottom of your planter.
How do I plant in my container?
- Inform us that your planter needs to be water tight
- Determine desired finished plant height
- Build an elevated base to achieve desired plant height
- Place a saucer and grow pot on top of the elevated material
- Inform us that your planter needs drainage holes
- Place planter on provided planter feet that raises the planter 3/4″ off the ground
- Place screening material at the base of the container, and add 1 to 2 inches of base rock. This step is optional but will aid drainage and prevent blockage.
- Use lightweight soil (important!)
Does aluminum rust or corrode?
First, let’s define rust and corrosion. The terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same. Corrosion is a generic term for the deterioration of a metal as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment. Rust is a type of corrosion referring specifically to the oxidation of iron or steel caused by interaction with water or moisture.
Aluminum doesn’t contain iron or steel so it doesn’t rust, but it is prone to corrosion when exposed to atmospheric oxygen. The process of aluminum corrosion is known as oxidation. The resulting aluminum oxide is a thin, hard layer that actually protects the metal from further corrosion. As oxidation occurs, it hardens and creates a protective layer over the newly exposed areas of corroded aluminum. The aluminum corrosion process is actually halted by oxidation – the metal won’t continue to deteriorate unless the aluminum oxide is removed. Unlike rust, which has a flaky, reddish appearance, aluminum oxidation cannot be easily chipped off the metal surface. Aluminum oxidation occurs at different rates depending on the type of aluminum, the finish, and the environment surrounding the aluminum. We use 5052 Aluminum which is considered “marine grade” and has superior corrosion resistant properties. Additionally, our planters are powder coated in a UV-rated finish. This combination ensures that your planters will last many years in the harshest of elements.