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WEATHERING STEEL: RUSTY OR DESIGN?

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Walking around your city you can sight this particular rusty material. We are talking about the Weathering Steel.

This peculiar steel – also called CORTEN – is an outstanding strong material, used very often by architects and designers.

This type of steel forms a rusted protective layer on its surface under the influence of the weather. It produces a characteristic red brown covering, much appreciated by architects, designers and artist ( view Richard Serra’s works, for example).

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Because of its “fake decay’’ look, Corten steel is a cutting-edge widely used material. However, it is also a really expensive material. Architects and designers prefer to use a ceramic covering material that simply mimics the aesthetic aspect of the Corten. This ceramic compound is less resistant but it is a good compromise between quality and price.

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For its extraordinary resistance, Corten is widely used in exterior coverings.  With its high mechanical strength and its minimal thickness, Corten is the ideal material for external facades.

It also has an artistic purpose because it can be easily shaped into sculpture. In this case the steel becomes a thin metal foil that can be bended, cut and superimposed conferring to the products a sturdy and lightness look at the same time.

Here below some websites links about Corten coverigs :

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