Metal siding has been used across ranches, countryside homes, and mountain homes for years. The most popular panel styles have traditionally been corrugated, panel siding often seen used as barn steel. However, the classic use of barn steel has made its way into both residential and commercial builds because of its stunning style and incredible strength.
One of the biggest factors in achieving a rustic appearance is the choice of color or finish. As a more traditional alternative to painted metals, many people opt for Weathering Steel siding, which creates a unique, rusted and perfectly aged appearance.
Choosing the right metal panel to achieve a rustic look often comes down to the color options. In the hands of a creative designer, almost any panel can give off a rustic look with the right finish.
For a barn steel feel, homeowners find red siding with white trim very popular. Lighter shades of browns and tans are also a very popular option. Paint choices vary greatly depending on region. If you need inspiration, take a trip into the countryside and use your phone to snap pictures of older buildings to get some color inspiration!
Two of our most popular color choices for a rustic metal siding style is Galvanized or Weathered Steel.
Galvanized siding has its rustic roots dating back to resourceful homeowners in the 1800s, who would take empty cans and roll them into small sheets. The owners found that the metal held up wonderfully, and the tin siding gave off a warm glow as an added bonus. This style of siding has evolved into using corrugated metal panels to achieve the same look with innovative finishes that stand the tests of time and tough weather conditions.
Weathering Steel is becoming one of the most sought after finishes for residential and commercial projects because of its unique, one-of-a-kind aged finish. When exposed to the elements, the top layer will eventually weather into a beautiful rusted finish. You can learn more about how this stunning finish works here.
When people think of rustic designs, one of the first things that comes to mind is corrugated metal. These panels provide a traditional rustic look and work well as siding. The classic look of corrugated metal has been used as barn steel for decades, and continues to work extremely well as a style of siding today.
From Galvanized metal that replicates original metal siding to colorful accents, corrugated metal is a durable and reliable choice for siding. The ribs of corrugated metal were designed to shed water like a pro to keep the interior and exterior of your home or building protected.
One of the most popular choices for dramatic accents or beautiful wainscoting is the 7/8" Corrugated metal panel in Weathering Steel. On the other hand, the 1/4" Corrugated metal panel used with a textured finish is more popular for subtle accents.
Popular Finishes for Rustic Metal Siding – Galvanized, A606 Weathering Steel, and Rustic Rawhide
Whether you're building a mountain retreat or going for that Texas Rustic look, achieving a rustic aesthetic through metal siding is often about your choice of color or natural finish.
One popular choice for these homes and buildings is a vertically run Ultra Batten panel. When used with Weathering Steel, this panel mimics the traditional board and batten look found in many mountain communities.
If you want the rustic look now without the wait, choose from our selection of painted products like Vintage or Rustic Rawhide that are specially crafted to resemble bare or aged metal without waiting for the patina.
Popular Finishes for Rustic Metal Siding – Weathered Copper, A606 Weathering Steel, Rustic Rawhide, and Vintage
Rustic designs combine wood, stone, and other natural elements to blend into the surrounding environment. To break up the different textures of wood and stone, builders and architects often use custom flat panels for beautiful accents.
Bridger Steel can create custom fabricate metal panel systems to fit specific builds. Our manufacturing equipment allows for limitless possibilities.