Painted Rusted Roofing

Pre-painted metal that looks like old rusted tin roofing. 12 colors to choose from and available in roofing, siding, flat sheets, and coil. The look of an authentic rusted metal roof, but without all of the problems. 


The look of blackened steel finish without any of the problems. Pre-painted metal panels that look like a blackened steel and other dark aged metals.


Why pay for an expensive copper roof ? Metal that has been pre-painted to look like patina'd copper is a growing favorite among architects and builders. Huge cost savings when compared to real copper. Available in metal roofing, siding, flat sheets, and coil.


Metal that has been pre-painted to look like old gray zinc roofing is a growing favorite among architects and builders. Huge cost savings when compared to real zinc. Available in metal roofing, siding, flat sheets, and coil.


VARI-Cool is a polychromatic paint system that will subtly shift colors depending upon the angle it's viewed from and the lighting conditions. Available in coil, flat sheets, metal roofing and siding. 


T-8 PlankWall® is a painted metal that offers architects and designers an alternative to real wood. Get the look of wood with all the benefits of metal!

Corten Components

Corten angle arrives unrusted and will develop a gorgeous patina after exposure to the weather. Corten angle is in stock and available for immediate shipment.


When you are looking to purchase Corten beams it will be referred to as ASTM A588. ASTM A588 covers high-strength low-alloy structural steel shapes, plates, and bars for welded, riveted, or bolted construction but intended primarily for use in welded bridges and buildings where savings in weight or added durability are important.


Corten channels in stock. Corten A588 weathering steel channels in 20 feet lengths.


Corten steel coils are in stock in a variety of gauges and widths. A606-4 coil can be split to any weight and slit to any size. Immediate delivery in most instances.


Corten flat bar arrives unrusted and will develop a gorgeous patina after exposure to the weather. A588 flat bar is in stock and available for immediate shipment.


Corten flat sheets arrive unrusted and will develop a gorgeous patina after exposure to the weather. A606-4 and A588 flats are in stock at 48" or 60" widths. Custom fabrication is available.


Pre-fabricated ASTM A606-4 landscape edging with stakes offer a great simple solution for that rustic look.


Shop a wide variety of perforated Corten® metal products in stock and have it shipped fast anywhere in the USA. We offer perforated Corten® metal in a variety of gauges and material types in various perforation patterns.


Corten pipe arrives unrusted and will develop a gorgeous patina after exposure to the weather. A847 pipe is in stock and available for immediate shipment.


4 Different sizes of planter boxes for sale. Sheet and plate cut to size for planter boxes.


Corten plate will arrive unrusted and will develop a gorgeous patina after exposure to the weather. A588 plate is in stock at 96" widths X 240" or 480" lengths. Custom fabrication is available.


Corten rounds in stock. Corten A588 weathering steel rounds in 20 feet lengths.


Corten squares in stock. Corten A588 weathering steel squares in 20 feet lengths.


When you are looking to purchase Corten tube it will be referred to as ASTM A847. ASTM A847 is a cold-formed high strength-low alloy steel that is welded and shaped into square tube and rectangular tube.


Welded wire mesh is constructed with two orthogonal wires that are joined together at their intersections using a resistance welding process to form a grid. 


Find fasteners, anchors, bolts, hardware and more. We are a leading provider of quality fastening products for metal roofing and siding


Flashing and trim available in steel with coordinating finishes and colors for your residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural metal roofing project.


Use sealant tape at the panel laps for metal roofs to increase weather tightness. Order yours today.


Self drilling metal roofing fasteners, rivets, and clips available. All types. Metal to Wood and Metal to Metal. Painted and Galvanized.


High Quality, Natural Illuminating FRP Panels that match our most popular metal roofing profiles. Immediate Availability - 8 OZ White.


Foam closures for metal roofing and metal decking. 7/8" Corrugated, PBR Panel, Western Rib (7.2 Panel). Shop a wide variety of foam closures and foam plugs.


Galvanized square tube in stock in 14 gauge at many different lengths. Galvanized tube used for metal fence posts, metal carports, deck posts, panic bar gates, or building supports.

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Metal Purlins and Cee Channel are in stock. Cee Purlins and Zee Purlins. Galvanized and Red Prime Painted. Immediate availability.


Buy Metal Roof Sealant. Available In A Variety Of Colors And Sizes. NovaFlex Construction Silicone Colored Caulk for Metal Roofing Applications.


We offer a wide range of pipe flashings in both square and round. Shop now.


Proper metal roof ventilation is essential for a healthy indoor environment. Our ProfileVent ventilation products are an intelligent solution for your roof.


Find high strength moisture protective covering for the underlayment of your metal roof.


All of S-5!’s snow guard retention systems dramatically reduce these risks associated with rooftop avalanches while maintaining the clean lines of the roof. With multiple options to choose from, you can browse our selection of metal roof snow stops to see which product will work the best for your metal roof.


S-5! provides the easiest, most cost-effective way to install solar panels directly to standing seam metal roofs.

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Rusted Roofing: Three Products To Make Your Roof Look 100 Years Old
Paul Rubio

By: Paul Rubio on September 4th, 2019

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Rusted Roofing: Three Products To Make Your Roof Look 100 Years Old

Corten Roofing | Rusted Roofing

One of the more recent trends in architecture has been new roofs and walls that look 100 years old. This type of metal is especially popular in desert and mountain communities for both residential and commercial applications. There are three ways to accomplish this look: bare cold rolled steel, Corten®, and Paint Prints.

Bare Cold Rolled Steelbare-cold-rolled-standing-seam-roof

Bare cold rolled steel is simply uncoated steel. It does not have a galvanized or galvalume substrate. When the steel arrives onsite it has a dull gray appearance and it will weather with exposure to the weather. Bare steel will start rusting immediately when it gets wet. After about three months it will have a fair amount of patina. It will continue to rust throughout the lifespan of the product and the patina will develop further. There is also an option to pre-rust the panel prior to installation. This is especially useful for interior applications and customers who want instant results. There are chemicals sold that will rust the steel quickly, but it is a labor-intensive process. The chemicals can also decrease the lifespan of the steel depending upon the method used to pre-rust it. Letting the steel patina naturally is the best method for a beautiful rusted roof.


rusted-metal-roofingCor-Ten Steel

Weathering steel, best-known under the trademark COR-TEN® steel or ASTM A606-4, is a group of steel alloys which were developed to eliminate the need for painting, and form a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather. Weathering steel has increased resistance to atmospheric corrosion when compared to bare cold rolled steel. COR-TEN® resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other meteorological conditions by forming a coating of dark brown oxidation over the metal, which inhibits deeper penetration and negates the need for painting and costly rust-prevention maintenance over the years. In simple terms the steel is allowed to rust and that rust forms a protective coating that slows the rate of future corrosion. COR-TEN® steel will have a substantially longer lifespan than bare cold rolled steel.


Metal Roofing Panels Painted to Look Rusted

Painted products that look old and weathered are the best alternative for an instant rustic appearance. Also known as " Paint Prints, " it is a product that has been painted repeatedly giving the finish depth and uniqueness.



The paint line applies a base coat of solid color on the coil and then the coil runs through a second time with a different color using a special engraved paint roller that creates a pattern on the coil. In many instances, a paint print will try to replicate a naturally occurring patina. Paint Prints normally consist of painted panels that try and replicate an orange/brown rusted appearance, a faded dull galvanized appearance, or a patina'd copper.

Advantages & Disadvantages

These three products each have unique advantages and disadvantages. Paint Prints arrive looking weathered, there are no rust stains, and there is a paint warranty. The trade off is that they cost a little more and they may not look as authentic as the real thing. COR-TEN® and bare cold rolled cost less and normally look nicer. However, there is NO warranty and anything that rust equals rust stains. In addition, when using COR-TEN® or bare cold rolled steel it is important to use a minimum of 22 gauge steel. Areas that have salt laden air, high rainfall, humidity, or persistent fog are typically not the proper environment for COR-TEN® and even less so for Bare Steel.

Article submitted by Paul Rubio, Owner and Operator of Western States Metal Roofing in Phoenix, Arizona. Additional material can be found at Original article featured in Metal Construction News, October 2018.

About Paul Rubio

Paul Rubio is the Vice President and one of the owners of Western States Metal Roofing. He has been in the metal roofing industry for 25 years. WSMR is a manufacturer of metal roofing, wall panels, and metal siding. We have colors and finishes that nobody else has with nearly 100 different colors in stock. Our selection of color options and finishes is likely the largest in the industry.