5 Inspiring Ways to Use the Weathering Steel Look

Corten (weathering steel) was developed to eradicate the need to maintain or coat steel. For designers and architects, Corten’s primary appeal is its unique aesthetic. Corten is typically used for landscaping and outdoor applications due to the patina (appearance) that the steel develops, which pairs well with plants, wood and stone.

While Corten is popular for being a sturdy and versatile material, there are other alternatives available such as aluminium which can allow you to achieve the same effect. Rust-look aluminium provides a lighter option for faster installation and gives you the instant rust look with no runoff staining.

Below are our top aluminium alternatives for weathered steel applications.

Privacy Screening

Perforated screens provide privacy while allowing breezes and light into the space. When looking for an effective yet visually appealing way to create privacy and style in your backyard, you can’t go wrong with a rust-look screen.

DECO’s perforated aluminium screens are available in a range of sizes with a maximum sheet size of 3600 x 1500 mm.



The earthy, industrial aesthetic of weathering steel is what makes it such a striking material choice for cladding. Pleasing to the eye, this look has become popular with many high profile architects in Australia. Enjoy a lighter and more durable solution than Corten weathered steel by using DecoClad solid aluminium cladding finished in one of DECO’s unique instant rust-look powder coat colours.



Australian homeowners love nothing more than relaxing and entertaining in their backyards and are often looking for the next development that will further enhance their outdoor space. If you are considering adding a new standout design feature, why not build a pergola?

Replicating the look of weathered steel, DecoVogue’s rust-look finish on aluminium is a flexible design solution offering limitless design opportunities to create the perfect pergola for your space.

Batten Fencing

If you’ve been spending time researching home designs and building products, you’ll know that battens are becoming a very popular feature both inside and out.

Battens are perfect for adding depth and contrast to your landscape design and when installed in an authentic rust-look finish, they add a unique warmth that blends perfectly with plants, stone and other natural elements. 

For more information on DECO’s rust-look finishes for aluminium or to order a sample, please click here



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