Why Corten Cladding On Facade Is A Win Win Solution

by Corten Steel Products

Posted on July 15, 2021 at 10:05 AM

Corten cladding on facade

When you want to create an architectural masterpiece for your next roofing or cladding project, new, doesn’t always mean better.

But when you can combine the best of the old with modern innovation you can create something truly special. And now, Cor-Ten A weather resistant steel opens up a vision of the future with a backward glance at the time-tested strength of the past.

Cor-ten A weather resistant steel offers an age-old rustic look that provides a stunning contrast to modern design elements yet without sacrificing longevity or structural strength.

Cor-ten has been around for a long time and proven its worth. Read on and find out what makes it so special and so perfect for your next building project.

Corten Steel Cladding, Roofing, and Panels, Where Can I Use It?

Cor-ten A weather resistant steel can be used in a wide variety of roofing and cladding applications including:
  • Roofing
  • Wall cladding
  • Structural beams and supports

The colour, texture, and weather resistant qualities make Corten cladding and roofing products perfectly suited for any project that demands a spectacular visual statement. Its core strength and flexible applications make it ideal for:

  • Industrial roofing and cladding for warehouses
  • Architectural Panels for Commercial premises
  • Rural sheds and stores
  • Wall cladding or roofing for architecturally designed houses​

From vineyards to office buildings, and sheds to mansions or holiday homes Corten Steel Panels delivers image and function in one amazing package.

What Corten Steel Cladding Profiles are Available?

Corten Steel cladding and roofing options feature a range of profiles including:

  • ​Interlocking Panel - Strong architectural lines, outstanding weathertight design for buildings that deserve to be noticed.
  • Standing seam — Eye-catching profile, the advanced seam sealing design, and wide span coverage makes standing seam one of the most popular profiles around.
  • Traditional Corrugated — The rich earth-colored patina adds a depth of charm to a true classic.
  • Snaplock — Combines the strong lineal rib pattern with rapid installation and superior weather-tight seams

Why Corten is A Weather Resistant Steel?

Weathering Steel (or Weather resistant steel) is a cold-rolled steel alloy that forms its own protective layer. Whereas the galvanizing process adds a zinc anode to steel during production Cor-ten A steel builds up a protective anti corrosion patina over time and under the influence of the weather.

This protective patina takes on a rich reddish-brown rusted weathered look that will provide a real point of difference and transform your building project into a deeply satisfying iconic masterpiece.

The colourful protective layer forms as a result of various alloys in the steel reacting with the cyclic wet/dry action of the weather and the resulting corrosion products protect the steel from further corrosion for many years.

These anti-corrosion properties are even superior to those of ordinary steel in many applications including industrial settings exposed to exhaust fumes from sulphur content fuels or scaling at high temperatures.

Originally developed by the United States Steel Corporation, the Cor-ten A is made under licence by Ruukki, a Finnish company committed to the care and protection of the environment.

What are corten steel Special Qualities?

Cor-ten A weather resistant steel retains a special ability to change with time. Within 18-36 months the steel will take on its distinctive rustic appearance.

Although its structural integrity remains intact the patina colour will darken as time goes on. Some variation in colour can be expected but this adds to its eye-catching appeal.

Image is so important these days and whether you want your project to blend in with the environment such as a new house design for an environmentally sensitive site or to stand out from the crowd with an iconoclastic juxtaposition of rustic steel and glass or timber Cor-ten A promises to deliver a visual feast of colour.

Cor-ten is a natural work of art with its deep red, brown, and orange colouring and patterns in constant transformation as the light changes throughout the day.

And when night falls, Cor-ten remains alive as the perfect backdrop for artificial lighting effects.Whatever the weather and time of day Cor-ten A will continue to attract attention and impress.

A clever combination of old rustic appearance, stunning natural colourings, superb strength to weight properties, and corrosion resistance will ensure people talk about your building for many years to come.

Cor-ten A weather resistant steel offers those traditional values of hard wearing rugged endurance and old world visual appeal alloyed with an extraordinary vision of modernity and an environmentally friendly future.

Why corten cladding is a win-win solution?

Corten steel, which was invented in 1933, has been utilized to create some of the most amazing structures in the modern environment. Corten steel is distinguished by its rusty, orange-brown appearance. Corten steel is commonly used for buildings, bridges, and walls, but in recent years, it has become more common in gardens.

Corten steel consists of iron, copper, phosphorus, silicon, nickel, and chromium-based metal alloy. Oxidation ensures that the top layer of the alloy rusts and that oxygen cannot enter through otherwise. Corten steel is resistant to the sun, snow, and ice, allowing it to survive up to ten times longer than steel. It also doesn't require any additional upkeep and thus it’s a win-win scenario!

The unique feature of it is that conjoined joints will fuse via surface rust, this special steel allows for particular design styles. This fact makes the steel popular among sculptors, who profit from the capacity to create unique new shapes. However, the fusing quality of CorTen can benefit even simple constructions.

If you built a steel structure out of this material, it would become one solid piece from end to end, ceiling to floor, within a year or two, making it highly stiff and durable.

   Difference Between Corten Steel and Mild Steel
Difference Between Corten Steel and Mild Steel

Mild steel, also known as carbon steel, is the most prevalent type of steel today. Mild steel is less expensive and, once sealed, will keep a naturally rusty appearance.

What is Weathering Steel?
What is Weathering Steel?

Weathering steel is a family of low-carbon steels that have other elements mixed in with the carbon and iron. Because of these alloying elements.

Benefits And Rusting Capabilities Of Corten Steel
Benefits And Rusting Capabilities Of Corten Steel

Corten steel commonly known as weathering steel, is highly resistant to rusting and pitting when exposed to the elements.