Australia’s most habitable terrain happens to be around our stunning coastlines. Almost 80% of our population lives within 50km of the coast, reaping the benefits of fresh air, coastal breezes, and stunning views.
While the natural beauty of the coastline and its surrounds is a playground for our Aussie lifestyle, commercial and domestic residences often find that the salty air and salinity in the soil can cause havoc on building materials - and at an alarming speed.
Salt corrosion can affect a structure in different ways, and while hard timbers can age beautifully with the salt and wind, different metal substrates can take a beating. Cyclones 316 Stainless is made from premium marine-grade stainless steel, offering exceptional strength and corrosion resistance.
Building-grade stainless steel most commonly comes in two strengths – 316 and 304. Whilst 304 is used for stainless steel domestic cookware, sinks, and metal fixings, 316 contains a percentage of molybdenum which enhances the steel’s corrosive-resistant performance and makes it ideal for more robust applications and conditions, including external screening in coastal areas.
Stainless 316 is also compliant for fall protection* and is strong enough to cope with little ones on unsteady feet, keeping pets enclosed where they need to be and as a defence in keeping intruders out when used as security material on doors and windows.
For your home’s defence against bush and grass fires, Stainless 316 screening is rated at BAL-FZ** and compliant with AS 3959-2018, this powerhouse screening is resistant to direct exposure to ember attack, heat flux, and a direct fire front.
* The fabricator should conduct its own fall protection testing and evaluations as part of the window design.
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** Your 316 stainless steel mesh screens must be fitted to a metal frame to meet BAL compliance.
Corrosivity zones in Australia
Local conditions such as coastal winds, industrial gases and chemicals, atmospheric moisture, and the presence of fertilisers in rural areas contribute to variations in the corrosivity of an environment. For selecting the most suitable screen for your Australian location, consult the corrosion performance chart.
Indicative Salt Deposition Rate Corrosion Zones
- C1: Dry
- C2: Arid / Urban Island
- C3: Coastal / Industrial
- C4: Calm Sea-Shore