Originally designed as a steel that did not require paint to seal it from the weather, Corten steel has become a popular option for aesthetic reasons in recent years. The term "Corten" is short for the terms corrosion resistance and tensile strength. The principle behind Corten steel is that the rusting process seals in and protects the base layer of steel beneath it.
A popular trend that has been occurring in mountain retreats and ranch style homes, a Corten roof offers a unique appeal to many homeowners. In modern metal roofing applications, the trend tends to be using a weathering steel on a standing seam roofing panel. In more rustic styled designs, we see it used more with corrugated metal panels.
At Bridger Steel, we needed a product that would act like A606 Corten, but provided us with a more even and rapid patina. After testing a number of recipes, we created a slight variation to the traditional A606 Corten with our own Truten™️A606. Truten™️ has a faster patina, quickly locking in and protecting the base steel layer, while also providing a more uniformed final product. We now offer both Corten and Truten™️ in all of our panel profiles.