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Architectural Cladding >> Corten Cladding


Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN steel or Xlerplate®. This product exhibits superior corrosion resistance over regular carbon steel as a result of the development of a protective oxide film on the surface that provides a unique rustic appearance. The layer protecting the surface develops and regenerates continuously when subjected to the influence of the weather. Thus Corten does not need to be treated in any way prior to installation for longevity.

Corten steel has become increasingly popular with sculptors and as a unique architectural feature. When used correctly it blends with and compliments it’s natural surroundings. Shades of red, brown and orange become more texturally interesting as rain and sun exposure adds runs and lines, creating deeper or lighter tones to the rust effect.

Corten Cladding

Corten external cladding is most prominent in Diversaclad, Standing Seam and Areava panel. As a cladding material it is a cost effective and durable choice. Using Corten in an Interlocking panel or Standing Seam panel provides a significant advantage to installers due to its lightweight properties and ease of handling.

In contemporary architecture Corten steel can lend itself to all kinds of designs, perfect for both urban and rural contexts. Due to it’s industrial appearance it is expected that Corten will conintue to increase in popularity among those searching for distinctive features and facades on their projects.

Corten steel is not rustproof in itself. If water is allowed to accumulate in pockets, those areas will experience higher corrosion rates, so provision for drainage must be made. The normal surface weathering of Coren steel can lead to rust stains on nearby surfaces. Staining can be prevented if the structure can be detailed so that water does not drain from the steel onto concrete where stains would be visible.

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Metal wall cladding made from COLORBOND® steel delivers a beautiful design option for an exterior façade or as an internal feature walling to match any mood or environment. The extensive array of attractive colours and variety of systems coupled with the ability to curve and shape COLORBOND® Metal Cladding add an abundance of design freedom. It also delivers a lot of practical benefits. It is easy to maintain, long lasting, extremely durable, lightweight and it's fast and easy to erect - reducing construction time and keeping labour costs to a minimum. COLORBOND® steel comes in over 28 different colors encompassing 5 standard ranges to suit a range of locations, environments and building applications. Standard COLORBOND® steel will suit most environments and building applications.