Corten Steel

Why use Corten Steel from Tubeco, Inc.?

  • High strength-to-weight ratio. This gives the designer the ability to reduce costs thru using lighter sections for your project.
  • Superior corrosion resistance over regular carbon steel. Allows this weathering steel to naturally conform to the environment.
  • Reduction of maintenance cost. Since Corten does not have to be painted in a regular maintenance program, the lifetime cost of the project is much less than a painted steel project. Also, corten can have a longer life when exposure to the elements will be a factor.
  • Corten or self-weathering steel can be used in environmentally sensitive areas where leaded paint can present problems for wildlife.
  • Corten or self-weathering steel is a favorite of artists looking for a metal to blend in with the outdoor environment for sculptures or fountains.


  • Weathering steel has many advantages over mild steel for structures that are outside and exposed to the elements.
  • Environment – weathers to natural brown which blends with the surrounding environment.
  • Strength – increased strength allows for weight savings vs mild carbon steel.
  • Cost savings – saves the cost of initially painting or coating the steel and the subsequent maintenance cost over its lifetime. Costs less than mild steel that has been coated.
  • Protection – develops its own protective coating which slows the rate of corrosion
  • Appearance – weathering steel changes and improves with age giving it great curbside appeal.

Common uses of Corten Steel:

  • Pedestrian Bridges
  • Ladders
  • Light Poles
  • Sign Poles
  • Sculptures
  • Blower Boxes

Corten comes in most common sizes & shapes of steel:

  • Square & Rectangular Tube
  • Steel Pipe & Round Tube
  • Plate
  • Angles
  • Channels
  • Beams
  • Flat, Square & Round Bars