Shipping Container: Weathered Steel Siding

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Exterior Finishes with InSoFast: Architectural Weathered Steel Siding

On this page we bullet out the highlights from the how-to video. The video is a quick tutorial on how to install steel siding on to a shipping container conversion. This is a basic primer, outline for how to fasten most siding materials.

The weathered steel we chose is heavier than most available material siding. Weathered steel, often referred to as *(Cor-Ten). Corten develops a light rust layer that once formed, will protect the underlying material and prevent further corrosion. That is why we chose it for this InSoFast project we are hoping for a dramatic yet rustic finished shipping container.

We do get bored just doing the insulation and framing. The steel siding is widely used by professional building contractors and is often specified by architects. *Although it is correct to say that only US Steel can make Cor-Ten, many other steel mills make a similar product and the correct designation would be ASTM A588 (weathering plate) Cor-Ten is actually the trademarked named for a weathering steel developed by US Steel.

  1. For cutting the metal panel use a 14-gauge swivel head shear or other appropriate cutting tools.
  2. Attach the Cor-ten steel panel with corrosion resistant fasteners.
  3. Follow the metal panel manufacturer's recommended fastening space pattern. *See pull-out screw testing for technical weight and shear limitations.
  4. An aluminum oxide cut-off disc was used to trim the heavy gauge metal accent piece.
  5. The 18' long heavy gauge lower accent trim was pre-drilled to speed the trim's application.
  6. Also, it is best to pre-drill the heavy gauge vertical trim. A carpenter's square was used to true the vertical accent pieces.

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