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Stainless Steel Wire Rope at FassadenGrün

This section includes (wire) rope, wire, and rods from Fassadengrün. Here you will find the respective product sheets. FassadenGrün recommends and sells stainless steel wire rope in different diameters, appropriate for the respective greening project. Rods are also in stock; information on single-strand wire completes this section.

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Stainless Steel Wire

Stainless steel wire

Wire made of stainless steel

Why Wire Rope?

During the Baroque period, trellis fruit was still growing on copper wires. Stranded stainless steel wire ("wire-cable") is used today, primarily because it is still flexible even at a greater diameter. There do exist gigantic fastening systems with 16 mm cables, but FassadenGrün concentrates on stainless steel cables in the strengths of 2, 3 and 4 mms. Steel wires can work securely in a facade greening and guide the plant into the centre or wherever you’d like them. They provide surprising effects with their sleak, delicate lines; climbing plants like to hold on tightly to the corrugated surface. Wire cables are unbeatably flexible because, unlike prefabricated lattice, they adapt, and for every situation you can find an arrangement! Attachments do not occur at predefined grid points, but can be adapted with wall brackets to the circumstances needed. Wire cables are also a clean solution. Pollution, algae and moss are no significant problem here.

Different Wire Rope Diameters

Thin steel ropes with approx. 2 mm in diameter are suitable for slow growing plants like clematis hybrids and annuals. They are used in Easy Kits' "mini" and in Light Kits. 3 mm ropes are in the Medium Kits and cover almost all applicable cases. The cable will still let itself be tightened very well and bent by hand/pushed when attaching grips and the like. Ropes of 4 mm are, therefore, used with vigorously growing/twining plants like wisteria and are only used with exceptionally high loads. They are not so easy to work with and need higher biases for a streamlined appearance with the heavier cable. At FassadenGrün the 4 mm ropes are included in the Heavy and Massive Kits.

Metal Rods within Fastening Systems

For users who put their wire rope system together themselves, FassadenGrün offers growing poles of 4 or 5 mm made of a strong stainless steel. They have (as opposed to ropes) a certain rigidity and can supplement  the installation of rope systems; for example, to compress them. By such a reduction in the 'mesh size,' some plants-- such as clematis-- can climb better.

Single strand Wire Instead of Wire Rope

In addition to wire rope, FassadenGrün also sells high-grade steel single-strand wire DR 01220 with 1.2 mms of strength. Why? Although today wire rope is preferable to single strand wire in most cases, using wire can be sensible and cost effective in inferior locations, e.g., with the spanning of small wall fields where the wire ends directly in staples, eyelets, etc... Cable clamps would then be omitted.

Why High-Grade Steel?

Aren't simple, inexpensive galvanized cables and wall supports just as suitable as high-grade stainless steel? Yes, indeed, when one is content with cheap, short-lived gratification. With such small parts, usually a thin-layer galvanic zinc coating is used (rather than a thick-layer galvanizing). Used in the context of 'greening,' electrolytic corrosion along with slow drying and organic secretions become inevitable. Soon, the zinc coating is dissolved and rust streaks form.

Cold Metal?

We sometimes hear that stainless steel wire is 'cold' and leads to damage in climbing plants. But, for the millions of vines that easily survive winter after winter on the metal wires, no problem has been found. At minus 10 degrees, plant and metal are the same temperature, because the plant has no intrinsic heat. It protects its stored cell juices with sugar, before icing and freezing can happen. A "heating up" isn't possible in summer either because the glistening steel cables reflect the light and heat.

Knotted and twined vine tendril on a stranded stainless steel wire ("stainless steel rope")
Wire rope with grapevine
Historical greening with Dutchman’s Pipe on growing lines, Späth Arboretum, Berlin
Historical greening with Dutchman’s Pipe on growing lines, Späth arboretum/Berlin
Old steel wires, circa 1880; today used for clematis, Sierhagen, Schleswig-Holstein
Steel wire greening, Sierhagen / Schleswig-Holstein
3 mm vertical rope with a crossed 4 mm trellis rod on balcony
Rods of stainless steel
Historical copper wire with iron eyelet in wooden dowel, for vines, circa 1850.
Historical copper wire for grapevine, Old mill Grimma / Saxony
Historical spanned wire for vines
Old historical spanned wire for vines, Kleinwelsbach / Thuringia
Etched eyelet for inexpensive steel wire, climbing rose, ca. 1900.
Historical iron wire, castle Beichlingen / Thuringia