Weathered steel, or Corten by its trademarked name, is a steel alloy containing copper, nickel, and chromium. Due to the combined properties of the metals, a corrosive barrier forms on the outside of the panel when exposed to weather conditions. This barrier has functional and aesthetic qualities. Not only does it protect the steel from further weathering and corrosion, it also creates a very natural rusted look.Weathered steel has many different uses for exterior cladding. Below are the top 10 questions we get from those in the AEC community about this product.