Aluminium is an exceptionally useful and versatile metal for planter manufacture.
All our aluminium manufacture is to-order and to your specification, and we do not hold in stock a standard range of shapes and sizes.
Aluminium planters can be supplied ‘raw’ (without any external paint or coating), and they will survive outdoors for decades without maintenance. Aluminium naturally develops a protective layer of aluminium oxide; and this layer adheres strongly to the parent metal, and will repair itself immediately if damaged mechanically. Even in a coastal environment, aluminium planters will outperform galvanised steel, and it will not display the surface staining [aka ‘tea staining’] sometimes evident with stainless steel.
The look of raw, naturally weathered aluminium is flat and light grey, and often it becomes pitted over time – a hard, architectural aesthetic, that can work well in many modern design settings.
If a more refined look is required, then aluminium planters can be supplied powder coated, exactly as for steel, which can be either:
- a clear lacquer powder coat, which will stop the aluminium weathering
- a coloured powder coat, or
- one of the many specialist powder coat finishes available
Powder coated aluminium and steel look, and perform, essentially the same; but aluminium has a much higher strength:weight ratio than steel, and thus aluminium planters would typically be preferred where weight is an issue.
IOTA custom-manufactures aluminium planters in the UK, in any shape or size, from simple geometric shapes to complex architectural designs. CAD models can also be generated for approval against a design brief.