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Rusted, The Natural Finish

Natural rust finish estate fencing in a countryside setting.

If you are considering a rust finish fence there are a number of benefits and speaking from our own experience it was a choice, I’m glad we made.

This has been reinforced by really positive feedback from every customer of ours that has chosen to go down this route. Painted fences are still very popular but in the last 20 years I’ve noticed a swing towards the natural look. It used to be that 90% of our installations were painted but now that’s more like 50%.

Metal fencing left unpainted is still structurally perfect, many years after installation.

Our First Fence

In the early 1990's my father decided he wanted to put some traditional estate fencing around the 2 paddocks in front of his house, 1500 metres in total.

We produced the fence posts in our farm workshop, and I set about putting it up in the winter months. Although I didn't realize it at the time “a business was born”.

We didn't paint the fence and within a year it had rusted and aged to a natural understated organic brown which fits in perfectly with our rural environment.

A line of estate fencing in rust finish installed in Suffolk.

A metal fence post in the ground showing no sign of corrosion.

Structurally Perfect

It is still structurally perfect with only surface rust and no structural indentation or weakening.

Our 12mm thick fence posts are driven 900mm into the ground. Over the years on several occasions I have dug down and witnessed no structural corrosion of the fence posts below ground.

(Photo taken in December 2019)

At the time of writing this fence is now almost 30 years old. I see it every day. I am confident, like so many of the old fences we are now replacing, that our fences will last in excess of 100 years. Making them economic when you stack the figures against wooden posts and rail, in terms of the installation cost, repair and reinstatement expenses going forward.

A bare metal rust finish fence on the day it was installed.

A rust finish fence on the day it was installed in Hampshire on a summers day in 2013.


The natural rust finish was an aesthetic choice for us and primarily it should be for you. In the right environment it looks great and within a year or so from installation will look like it has been there for years.

It is also cheaper, we discount for unpainted fences with our customers generally seeing around a 15% reduction in installed cost. It’s zero maintenance. You’ll never have to repaint it.


Natural Finish Tree Guards

These rust finish tree guards offer an economic way of protecting your trees for life. We sell more of the rust finish guards than any of the other 3 finishes we offer.

Park metal tree guard in natural rust finish.

Close-up detail of the metal tree guard crown in natural rust finish.