Should you choose Steel or Aluminium?
The steel material we use is pre-galvanised internally and externally.
Steel is light but also very strong. All welding utilises non-rusting, stainless steel wire.
We further enhance the protection
with a powdercoat finish. All the fence fittings or spear-tops are
aluminium-alloy, again resisting rust. This is suitable for most
areas but is not recommended for areas with high mineral or salt
water environments as within approximately 2 kilometers of the ocean
where Aluminium is preferred.
Aluminium fencing products are rarely affected by corrosion and
are ideal for all areas that have a high salt or aggressive environment
such as coastal or farming districts. Aluminium is preferable to
all steel products for corrosion resistance, however Aluminium is
a soft material and is not suitable for certain types of fencing
such as security type fencing without a centre rail as it is not
as robust as steel.
An extra-rich zinc undercoat can be specified for even greater rust
protection in a hostile environmental. These coatings give similar
corrosion resistance results as Hot Dip Galvanised coatings, and
the finish is far better. However, they are not suitable for intricate
design where it is difficult to get good powder-coat coverage. Because
this zinc coating is applied under the coloured powder-coat finish
it is not visible and gives a very good product finish.
To further protect the base metal and also the powder-coat finish
(also available for Aluminium) then a Clear Coat Protectant can
be applied over top of the coloured topcoat. Put together with a
zinc basecoat, then the colour of your choice and a clear top coat,
this 3 stage process ensures that no aggressive airborne particles
can permeate the coatings and create corrosion of the base metal
and it also protects the coloured finish. The overall product finish
of this Clear-Coat is excellent and really makes the product last.
If you live within 2 km of the beach then this is the best option
for you. It may cost a bit more when purchased but the lasting results
are well worth it.