Corten – The sad truth.
So before I get into the nitty-gritty of corten, I want to show you a snippet taken from Wikipedia.
~Using weathering steel (corten) in construction presents several challenges. Ensuring that weld-points weather at the same rate as the other materials may require special welding techniques or material. Weathering steel is not rustproof in itself. If water can accumulate in pockets, those areas will experience higher corrosion rates. Provision for drainage must be made. Weathering steel is sensitive to humid subtropical climates. In such environments, it is possible that the protective patina may not stabilize but instead continue to corrode. For example, the former Omni Coliseum, built in 1972 in Atlanta, never stopped rusting, and eventually, large holes appeared in the structure.
source – wikipedia
Reading that alone has made me stay right away from the rusty material. why would you want yo slowly watch your expensive piece of art or decorative garden screen slowly deteriorate over time
Apart from the deterioration, there is also the horrid fact that at bleeds and runs on the surface below. Never get too close or you will be left with a rusty orange stain on your clothes or skin. Have a look at a few of the photos below. A perfect example of bleeding corten.
Another bad example of corten use in architecture is the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, America. I read the below from a local article in America.
The corten on the Barclays Center, weathered before it ever made it to Brooklyn. Gregg Pasquarelli, a principal at SHoP Architects, which designed the arena, said the steel components spent about four months at an Indianapolis plant where they were put through more than a dozen wet-and-dry cycles a day. …The process put about six years of weathering onto the steel.
However, these photos taken by Norman Oder of the Atlantic Yards Report show that it is still quietly rusting away.
Dawn of a new Day
With all that down talking of corten, and we all know its a popular product. we have come up with a brand new material, only recently released and set to take the industry by storm. its a fraction of the cost and, No it won’t bleed, NO it won’t deteriorate. and yes it looks just as good, if not better. Have a look at the pictures below to see for yourself. If you’re still not satisfied, feel free to drop by and have a proper up-close look, we now have samples and completed work.