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Metal roofing, particularly weathering steel roofing, offers several advantages when compared to other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shake, or clay and concrete tiles.   Metal roofing is durable, long-lasting, fire resistant, energy efficient and require minimal maintenance. In addition to these practical benefits, weathering...

In both residential and commercial landscapes, retaining walls can serve several purposes. A retaining wall can prevent soil erosion, assist with drainage issues, improve curb appeal and make a sloped area more functional to name a few. Retaining walls can be built from a range of materials, such as  brick, stone, wood and steel. When compared to other material options, weathering steel is an ideal choice for building a retaining wall

Since 1981, Central Steel Service, Inc. has distributed specialized, high strength weathering and abrasion resistant steel products for the most demanding industrial manufacturing applications. In fact, Central Steel Service began as a corrosion-resistant steel supplier for industrial equipment manufacturers. Now, several of our industrial equipment manufacturer customers utilize weathering steel, also known as Cor-Ten, as an enhancement to the quality of their end product.

It’s no secret that our country’s electric grid is outdated and rapidly aging. Fortunately, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which was signed into a law in November of 2021, included $65 billion for upgrading our country’s power infrastructure. When selecting material for replacing transmission and lighting poles, weathering steel, also referred to as COR-TEN steel, is an excellent choice. In fact, many utility owners prefer to use weathering steel because of its aesthetically-pleasing, orange-brown patina among other practical benefits. 

You know how “Kleenex” is used when referring to a “tissue?” Or “Chapstick” is used when referring to “lip balm?” Similarly, the terms “COR-TEN®,” “cor-ten,” “corten” and “weathering steel” are used interchangeably when referring to atmospheric, corrosion-resistant steel, which can be a tad confusing… Let’s be clear: COR-TEN® is the U.S. Steel’s trade name for atmospheric, corrosion resistant steel while weathering steel and corrosion-resistant steel are the generic terms. 

President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure plan signed in November of 2021 secured more than $1 trillion in federal funding to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges as well as fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives. As one of the largest infusions of federal investment into infrastructure projects in over a decade, the plan allots $110 billion for highways, roads and bridges. Plus, more recently, the Biden administration issued new guidance requiring that the construction material purchased for these infrastructure projects must be produced domestically.