Corten cladding is a form of weathering steel, also known as COR-TEN steel, if it’s not written with the hyphen. This type of steel is able to form a stable rust-like appearance after years of exposure. The weathering steel alloys were created to eliminate the need for paint.
Why Corten Steel Cladding on Facade Is A Win Win Solution
Corten cladding’s color is naturally changing, but you can control the rate of the oxidation process. This helps you reduce the cost of surface treatment by preventing rusting. If you choose to use Corten for internal applications, you can choose clear matt lacquer, which prevents rusting from being brushed or washed off during cleaning. NES has extensive experience in testing different lacquer treatments and can recommend a product that best suits your needs.
Corten Cladding is a durable option for cladding, but you must know about its maintenance. Although the material is fully recyclable, maintenance requires periodic exterior cleaning to remove dust and polluting residues. During these cleaning sessions, you should use rainwater, which also helps with cleaning the cladding and maintaining its protective properties.
Corten steel can be used to create stunning buildings. Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture is made of the material. It has also been used in an archaeological museum in Turkey. It can give a building an artefact-like feel.