22 Jul Get the Look: Weathering Steel Retaining Wall
In both residential and commercial landscapes, retaining walls can serve several purposes. A retaining wall can prevent soil erosion, assist with drainage issues, improve curb appeal and make a sloped area more functional to name a few. Retaining walls can be built from a range of materials, such as brick, stone, wood and steel. When compared to other material options, weathering steel is an ideal choice for building a retaining wall.
Advantages of weathering steel retaining walls
Weathering steels are a family of ASTM specifications, as well as several trademarked specifications exhibiting similar corrosion-resistant properties. The ASTM specifications are A588, A242, A606-4, A847, A871-65 and A709-50W. The primary trademarked product is Cor-ten®, which is why the terms “weathering steel” and “Cor-ten®” are often used interchangeably.
Weathering steel offers significant advantages over other metals for structures that are exposed to outdoor elements, like retaining walls. The practical advantages include low maintenance, high-strength, enhanced durability, minimal thickness, and cost savings. Plus, the rustic, orange-brown patina the steel develops over time blends well in gardens, backyards, parks and other outdoor spaces where retaining walls are often required.
Get the look: Weathering steel retaining wall
Ultimately, weathering steel’s aesthetically-pleasing appearance combined with its strength, durability and versatility allows it to serve in situations where a concrete, brick, wood or stone wall, for instance, would not be as fitting. While those materials could get the job done, they won’t achieve the clean, polished and contemporary look that a weathering steel retaining wall provides. For inspiration, check out a few ways our customers have used weathering steel retaining walls:
Weathering steel for landscape design and outdoor spaces
Central Steel Service specializes in the distribution of specialty weathering steel products ideal for garden design, landscaping and other outdoor applications. In addition to retaining walls, weathering steel can also be used for landscape edging, planter boxes, fencing and gates, bollards, roofing and more. Contact us to learn more about specialty weathering steel products or to request a quote!