Corten is a trade name for a steel alloy material and is a weathering steel. The material is corrosion resistant steel and if left uncoated and exposed to the natural elements develops a very distinguishable rust patina, which is a protective oxide layer and protects the steel from additional corrosion. In other words, the steel is allowed to rust in order to protect itself. The protective surface layer continues to regenerate over years of exposure.
Corten steel is an attractive option for Architects, due to the dynamic aesthetics that rusting steel takes on depending on the weather, amount of sun light and age of the material. Its unique look and naturally oxidizing finish make it especially desirable for many architectural applications. However, there is a strong likelihood of bleeding at some time, so not necessarily the best choice on white walls and expensive tiles if it is exposed to the weather.
Weathering steel requires alternating wet and dry cycles to form a properly adhered protective layer. Areas that have salt laden air, high rainfall, humidity, or persistent fog are typically not the proper environment for weathering steel. Corten Steel may not be a suitable material to be used in Singapore’s weather, but Starcoat has the right solutions!
Starcoat’ Faux Corten deliver the desirable look and character of weather steel without the cost and other drawbacks which can be associated with genuine Corten Steel.