What is Corten steel?
"Materials and surfaces that can withstand years of outdoor use in the harsh Scandinavian climate"
At byJEMA we love delicious products that last for years.
The corten steel or cor-ten if we need just the right designation is a type of steel that rusts quickly into the surface but has a slower corrosion than, for example, soft steel. It can thus be said that the rust layer prevents the material from rusting. Corten steel can thus last outdoors for decades - completely maintenance-free.
When we process the material in our factory, the material resembles black steel. Upon delivery, the steel is still black, but after a few weeks of outdoor placement - depending on the time of year - the rust layer will slowly appear. Being impatient, the process can be accelerated by once washing followed by saline spray.
When placing on tiles or wood, the ground must be protected for the first time from rust markings, as rust in the rain will drip onto the substrate. This decreases after a few months, but we always recommend paying attention.When you receive your corten plant case or high bed it looks like the first image. This is what the steel looks like before it starts the rusting process.
The beautiful red color gradually changes with the weeks, months and years, and you can therefore experience your products changing color.
Raised beds, planters and outdoor furniture in Corten steel
Whether you plant in wood or steel beds makes no difference. The steel may emit a little rust at the edge of the bed, but not something that is dangerous to either plants or soil.
A walk in the world's largest cities and newest districts shows a big trend in the design of outdoor areas. Maintenance-free elements in raw steel look - Cortenstele. Where we have seen rust in the past as a problem and something that had to be hidden with paint, we now experience the red color as trendy, welcoming and warm. In its look and experience, the red rust color is very similar to wood, but with better properties within durability and maintenance. Rusty iron look - corten steel - is the hot material of the time. At byJEMA we love the Corten look!