Weathering Steel: Architectural Metal for Art & Architecture
Weathering steel is a category of steel metals which contain copper as an alloying constituent. Also known as copper-bearing steel—or by the genericized tradename Corten—these alloys will develop a rust-like oxide layer when exposed to weather. This oxide layer typically takes years to develop. Once developed, the oxide layer protects the metal from further corrosion and rusting. The long-term performance and aesthetics of weathering steel makes it an attractive option for architects and artists. However, there are some caveats to using weathering steel, and these are described in the article below.
Note: Zahner provides high-end engineered metal systems through design assist procurement for applications in art and architecture. To use weathering steel as part of your design, please establish a budget for your project and share your project's information with the Zahner sales team.