Pros & Cons of Materials

When you’re looking to choose the right type of pot for your garden, it can be difficult. There’s alot of different types of material on the market, in particular wood, plastic and fiberglass pots and planters. Selecting your planter can be a tricky decision; you need to think about how long you want the product to last, how sturdy and weather-friendly it will be, and if the materials involved will effect the growth of any plants.
 
All of Precious Design’s garden planters are made using high quality steel, galvanised and coated to achieve our gorgeous range of finishes. We believe steel planters are ideal for any type of garden; they are highly durable, long lasting, and resistant to rust, frost, and general weathering. Here, you’ll find some more information on why we believe our products are such excellent quality, and any pros and cons the material might have. Whether you’re looking for a large planter or a small pot, Precious Design can suit your needs.
 

Stainless Steel

Pros

  • Rustproof in all climates
  • Attractive finish
  • Oozes class and high value
  • Robust
  • Wide range of decorative finishes available

Cons

  • Higher cost compared with other materials & with mass-manufactured products

Pre-Coat Steel

Pros

  • Fabulously durable and scratch-resistant finish
  • Excellent colour resistance
  • Attractive finish
  • 25 year anti-corrosive
  • 100% recyclable – contains no PVC or Isocyanates
  • Available in a glitter finish

Cons

  • Limited colour choices
  • Limited finishes available

Powder Coated

Pros

  • Hard wearing & robust
  • Creates a rustproof coating to steel base
  • Wide range of colours
  • Choice of gloss, matt, smooth or textured finishes
  • Enables you to match your planters to any existing colour scheme
  • Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (VOC)
  • Able to produce much thicker coatings than conventional liquid coatings without running or sagging.

Cons

  • Colours will fade over time

Galvanised Steel

Pros

  • Flexible material has excellent fabrication properties
  • Has a bright and shiny appearance
  • Can be powder coated
  • Cost effective base material

Cons

  • Weather influences will change the finish of the product and the material will dull after time
  • Zinc content can be adversely affected by certain chemicals

Stucco & Crimprol (aluzinc material)

Pros

  • Aluzinc is a metal coated mild steel sheet produced by the galvanising process.
  • The metal coating is 55% Aluminium 43.4% Zinc and 1.6% Silicon and has significant advantages over plain Zinc galvanised steel
  • A more cost effective base material compared with Stainless Steel
  • Have attractive 3d finishes in its natural form
  • Can enjoy a 20 years life in the right environment
  • Can be easily powder coated offering even longer life

Cons

  • May be unsuitable in environments with a pH value greater than 8.
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