Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make the purchasing process as simple as possible for you. Below you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions, but if you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to give us a call or ask a question in the chatbox below.


Do I need liners? Why or why not?
Whether you need liners depends on the material of the planter you are using.

You do not need liners for marine-grade aluminum and fiberglass planters. Neither of these materials degrades from constant exposure to water and soil. Additionally, marine-grade aluminum and fiberglass planters can be made watertight, further removing the need for a liner.

Liners are good to use if the planter material will degrade when in constant contact with soil and water, such as a wood planter. Also, a liner is good to use in interior applications if the planter is not watertight.
Do I have to use fiberglass planters on a rooftop?


Marine-grade aluminum or fiberglass can be used for a rooftop application since both materials are light-weight and much lighter than concrete or steel. 

Fiberglass and aluminum are both suitable materials to use when overall weight is a concern with rooftop planters.

One factor to consider is the material used to fill the planter. You want to fill the planter with light-weight material. Adding internal shelves and using non-biodegradable materials in the base of planters is a way to decrease weight.

Please click here to learn more about different options for planter materials and here to learn more about options for filling a planter.

I am concerned about the amount of weight a deck can hold. Are the Modern Elite Aluminum Planters heavy?

No, the Modern Elite Planters are lightweight.

The benefit of aluminum is its high-strength to weight ratios. Most of the weight will actually come from the type of fill and type of plantings used. The material weights will change and will be based on the size of the planter and if additional reinforcing is required. Please contact us to receive the exact weight of the product you would like to purchase.

If weight is a concern, our recommendation is to focus on reducing the weight of fill material and plants inside the container. If you can reduce the planting depth to a minimum, you can then fill the void spaces with Styrofoam, non-biogradable packing peanuts, or our EZ Fill-ter bags. It is recommended to wrap the void fill in a landscape fabricate to create separation from the planting soil and to provide filtration.

We recommend contacting a structural engineer to verify that the deck can, in fact, hold the number of planters that you are ordering. However, in general, decks and rooftops are designed to carry 50 lbs./SF or more. For example, the 72" L x 20” W x 24” H aluminum planter only has a load of 6.9 lbs./SF so the majority of the weight comes from what used inside the planter. 

Do you sell plastic planters?

We do not currently sell plastic planters. However, if you are interested in that look, we recommend that you check out our fiberglass planters, which can be custom designed with your chosen color, and are also lightweight. 

What is the lead time for planters?

We strive to meet your specific requested date. Please let us know when you need the planters delivered by, and then we can work backward from your date. Lead times vary from 1 week to 4 months depending, on the material of the planter, current stock availability, and whether or not it is a custom project. For your convenience, we have outlined general timelines per brand. 

If you need something rushed or if you would like a custom-designed planter, please contact us, and we will see if we can work with you to meet your deadline.


Modern Elite Aluminum Planters

  • Ships 1 - 3 weeks from order date.

PurePots Fiberglass Planters

  • In-stock planters ships within 1 week of order date.

COR-TEN Weathering Steel Planters (made to order)

  • Ships 2-4 weeks from order date.

All other planter brands

  • Stock planters: Ships within 1 week of order date.
  • Out-of-stock planters: Ships within 10 to 12 weeks.

Other Products

All fire bowls and tables

  • Ships 3-4 weeks after order date.

All other products

  • Ship time varies per product (usually within a week for in-stock products). View specific product to find lead time in the product specs.
What is your most popular durable planter?

The Modern Elite Aluminum Planter is our most popular and durable planter. These planters were developed because there was a need in the marketplace for a more durable commercial-grade planter. 

Our aluminum planters are fabricated from heavy gauge marine-grade 5052 aluminum alloy (.125” thick). This is the same marine-grade aluminum that is used on commercial boats, airplanes, exterior building products, etc. 

Modern Elite Aluminum Planters are powder-coated on the outside, and the inside with an architectural-grade powder called TIGER Drylac Series 38. This powder ensures the planters will not fade or degrade due to its inherent qualities of UV stability, adds additional durability, and has the added benefit of being VOC free. In addition, the powder is AAMA 2604 compliant, and once applied in the powder-coating process to the aluminum imparts excellent weather and UV resistance, based on 5 years of Florida weather exposure.

What is special about PureModern Aluminum Planters compared to using a local metal fabricator?

Here is the short and the long of it.

The Short:

  • We only fabricate planters.
  • We have over 10 years of experience.
  • Design capabilities. We engineer the planters with proper reinforcing to prevent them from deflecting and bowing after being fully loaded with fill. We have a proven and established project process to provide superior quality and consistency on every single planter.
  • Fixed Lead times. We know how long it takes and will complete the project when we say we will. Local fabricators can often take weeks to months longer to complete what was initially quoted. 
  • Fixed pricing. Local fabricators often do not realize the time and expense involved and may quote the project initially less but come back to you for change orders increasing the unexpected initial price, or they may sacrifice quality because they do not want to take a loss.
  •  We are not going anywhere, and we offer a warranty. 

    The Long:

    Without a doubt, PureModern offers a superior commercial aluminum planter. You can be sure of this because we are so confident in our fabrication shop, that we offer a warranty on the material and workmanship of the planter.

    We also use proven planter fabrication methods and have the experience (and clientele) to back our claims up.

    Unlike some fabricators, we can assure you of the highest quality of aluminum. We use a heavy-gauge, marine-grade, recycled 5052 Aluminum Alloy for our planters. This type of aluminum alloy is also used for shipbuilding - which is how you know that these planters are perfect for use in most commercial projects. 

    Along those same lines, we are confident of our planters' structural stability and we can reinforce the planter as needed.  

    Our aluminum planters also come with fully welded seams, so the planters are watertight. We also make sure that the planter seams are sanded down, which is unique to our process so that the welding seams are invisible. 

    These planters are also powder-coated inside and out. Powder-coating is more durable than paint because it is specially formulated to withstand UV-rays and is resistant to frost. Our planters are also powder-coated in-house to ensure that the job is done right.

    In terms of cost, we have found that local fabricators often underestimate the cost of creating a planter. However, we are in the planter business and offer fixed, known costs to our clients, so there are no surprises.

    Finally, we offer fixed lead times. We can fabricate custom aluminum planters in under 3 weeks, which assures you that your planter will arrive when you need it and to your specifications.

    Is there a warranty on your planters? If so, what is the warranty?

    We do offer a warranty on our planters. Our planters carry a 1-year limited warranty on material and workmanship, and a 3-year limited warranty on the finish against rusting, peeling, chipping, cracking, mold, and mildew. 

    Our warranty covers any defects in manufacturing that become apparent during the normal use of our product. The warranty does not cover loss due to theft, nor to damage caused by misuse, abuse, modifications, improper storage, or acts of nature. The warranty also does not cover any parts or products that are subject to normal wear and tear. 

    In the case of an approved warranty claim, PureModern reserves the right to repair and/or replace the product with the same product. The warranty does not cover any, nor allow for any recovery of incidental or consequential damages such as loss of use, damage to property, or other consequential damage. PureModern will not accept liability for such damage. Any alterations to the product after delivery will void this warranty.

    What is the main difference between your Modern Elite and PurePots planter lines?

    The main difference between our Modern Elite and PurePots planter lines is that Modern Elite is our metal planter line, and PurePots is a fiberglass planter line. 

    While both our Modern Elite and PurePots line are highly, durable commercial planters, they are also colored using different processes. Our Modern Elite planters are colored using a powder-coated spray or what is appropriate for the desired metal, and our PurePots planter line is colored using BASF automotive quality paint. 

    Please contact us if you would like to know which line would work best for your commercial project. 

    Do you offer casters on your planters?

    Yes. We can add casters to our Modern Elite powder-coated aluminum planters. Casters are essentially wheels that are added to the bottom of planters to make the planter easily movable and can be locking or non-locking.

    The specification to have casters placed on PureModern planters are as listed below:

    • 24”in high and under with a minimum width of 16”in
    • 24”in high and over with a minimum width of 18”in
    Some of the product descriptions say that the product will patina. What does this mean?

    Any mention of patina is usually in reference to our products made of COR-TEN weathering steel.

    Patina is an important process for COR-TEN. COR-TEN is actually named for two of its properties corrosion resistance (COR) and tensile strength (TEN). 

    For COR-TEN to become fully corrosion-resistant, it needs to go through a patina process. During this process the steel changes from a raw metal look (in which the color of the steel is gray) to patina (where the metal turns the color of orange-brown).

    To patina, the planter does need to be placed in the elements. This means that COR-TEN weathering steel should only be used outdoors and the planter should not be covered. It is important to note that when the planter is going through the patina process, the metal can bleed onto the surrounding surface. 

    Once this change has occurred, the weathering process of COR-TEN is complete. This means that the steel is now resistant to corrosion and is perfect for many outdoor climates. (Note: COR-TEN weathering steel planters need to be at least two kilometers away from large bodies of saltwater, as saltwater can erode this material. I.e., you wouldn’t want to use COR-TEN in a cafe located next to a saltwater beach).

    If you love the look of COR-TEN weathering steel but do not think the material will work for your needs, we recommend using powder-coated aluminum planters in weathered rust. This is a commercial alternative that mimics the look of COR-TEN weathering steel. 

    In addition to COR-TEN, we also offer a product line of fiberglass planters with a metal-infused finish that will patina.

    Can I order product samples even though I am not ordering a product right now?


    When you order PureModern’s free samples*, you can see the color and texture**, and placing the samples in the right lighting will allow you to determine, with confidence, the correct option for you and your client.

    *Planter color samples are complimentary. Fire pit swatches require a down payment that is credited upon return.

    **Only our Modern Elite Planter and concrete fire pit color samples come in the same product color and texture. Our PurePots color samples come on a heavy plastic that emulates the texture of our fiberglass planters.

    Custom Products

    Do you make custom planters?

    Yes, we specialize in custom commercial planters.

    For example, our Modern Elite Aluminum Planters, which are made of marine-grade aluminum, and then powder-coated, can be fabricated in as little as 1 week.

    However, we don't think that you should have to settle for something other than what your project space demands. After all, our tag line is "Your vision. Our containers." We care about making your vision come to life. 

    This is why we are very proud to offer custom planters to help you meet your project needs. We can customize the size, color, and shape of your planter. 

    Specifically, we offer both aluminum and fiberglass planter customization. Aluminum provides us the most flexibility as we are able to create custom shapes with short lead times. 

    We can also customize the shape of fiberglass planters. However, due to additional steps that have to be taken for fiberglass planters, the lead time will be longer. 

    To get started on your custom planter, click here to fill out our quote form.

    How do I achieve the look of one long, continuous planter?

    At PureModern, we are big fans of this look, and we have helped many clients create it. 

    To accomplish this high-impact look, we recommend using our modular bolted planter system. This design provides a continuous open trough on the interior.

    The planter sections will have tight vertical joints on the sides every several feet. It is fully customizable to fit your exact project specifications. Please contact us to learn more.

    Wholesale & Trade

    Do you provide trade discounts and wholesale pricing?
    We do offer trade discounts. To apply to our trade discount program, please click here to learn more and fill out the form. Once the form is filled out, you can expect to hear back from us within 24 hours.

    Concrete Fire Pits

    Can I order product samples even though I am not ordering a product right now?


    When you order PureModern’s free samples*, you can see the color and texture**, and placing the samples in the right lighting will allow you to determine, with confidence, the correct option for you and your client.

    *Planter color samples are complimentary. Fire pit swatches require a down payment that is credited upon return.

    **Only our Modern Elite Planter and concrete fire pit color samples come in the same product color and texture. Our PurePots color samples come on a heavy plastic that emulates the texture of our fiberglass planters.