What is Corten?
Corten is the general name for a material which forms a stable rust-like appearance after exposure to weather that was developed to be resistant to corrosion and to not need regular maintenance or painting. Many modern agricultural buildings are sheet metal clad and can be subject to significant amounts of rust. It provides character to the building and is a distinctive feature but due to the nature of rust, this needs to be stripped out in any conversions of a house. The rust-like appearance of the weathered Corten steel cladding provides a striking feature in barn conversions blending rust(ic) agricultural decay with modern design.