Get the Look: COR-TEN Steel Cladding

Get the Look: COR-TEN Steel Cladding

While metal cladding has been around for decades, it is making a big comeback in architectural design. Many architects say that the biggest driver of metal cladding is its versatility, resiliency and simplicity for custom fabrication.

What is cladding? 

Cladding is a type of exterior layer that covers the outside of a building or home and offers protection, much like siding. In fact, many refer to cladding as siding and vice versa. Cladding panels perform both a functional and aesthetic purpose by protecting the structure from exterior elements, while also providing the desired finish for the building or residence. Cladding can be made of a wide range of materials, such as wood, metal, brick, and vinyl. Metal cladding, particularly COR-TEN steel cladding, offers unique benefits.  

Benefits of COR-TEN steel cladding

COR-TEN steel, also referred to as weathering steel, offers various benefits over other metals and materials for cladding. In summary, weathering steel provides the necessary strength, resists corrosion, requires minimal maintenance, and blends well in a variety of environments. 

The most practical benefits of COR-TEN steel cladding are its strength and ability to resist corrosion. When exposed to moisture, air, and other elements, most low alloy steels have the tendency to rust. With COR-TEN steel, the rusting process still occurs, but the steel produces a stable rust layer, called a “patina,” which serves as a protective, corrosion-resistant barrier. This naturally-developed protective patina regenerates continuously when exposed to weather and stops further access of oxygen, moisture and pollutants. Plus, the earthy, rustic look of the patina brings texture, clean lines and warmth to any building or home.

COR-TEN steel cladding applications

COR-TEN steel cladding can be used for commercial buildings, retail spaces and residential homes. Here are a few examples of how our customers have used weathering steel cladding. 

Corten Cladding

Weathering Steel Office Building

Weathering Steel Siding on a House

Weathering Steel Siding

Contact Central Steel Service for ASTM A606-4 Weathering Steel 

Weathering steels are a family of ASTM specifications, as well as several trademarked specifications exhibiting similar corrosion resistant properties. The ASTM specifications are A588, A242, A606-4, A847, A871-65 and A709-50W

ASTM A606-4 is commonly used for cor-ten steel cladding. As a high strength, low alloy steel with improved atmospheric corrosion properties, ASTM A606-4 contains additional alloying elements and provides enhanced corrosion resistance. When it is properly designed and exposed to the atmosphere, A606-4 weathering steel can be used unpainted for many applications, including roof and wall panels, corrugated panels, building facades, planter boxes, landscape edging, air ducts, guard rails, and more. 

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