Corten weathering steel, also known as Corten resistant steel, or simply COR-TEN, is a combination of steel alloys that develop a protective, rust-colored coating when they are exposed to weather. This eliminates the need to paint the metal by giving it a natural and agreeable rustic appearance. The name Corten is a mashup of the metal’s properties: Cor for corrosion resistance, and Ten for tensile strength.
The Short Iron Store sells Corten resistant steel and other specialty metals for your use in art and construction projects. Just give us a call, and we’ll happily help you select the metal that best suits your needs. For outdoor sculptures and structures, Corten steel can be a good-looking and weather-resistant choice. The more it rusts, the better it looks, and the more protection it has from corrosion. Let’s take a closer look at this unique steel and its uses.