Corrugated tin house ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Corrugated tin is used in and around many homes; it's durability, flexibility and nontoxic properties make it a favourite choice for homeowners. Corrugated tin has a wide variety of uses, such as roofs, skirting, siding and decorative yard art pieces. Corrugated tin can be hazardous to use; due to its sharp edges, precautions must be taken when handling. Corrugated tin can be cut with tin snips or shears and bent to fit curved areas.


Many home builders have used corrugated tin as siding on homes. Choosing this type of siding is ideal for homeowners who want a home that stands out among the other home designs in their neighbourhoods. Corrugated tin offers another dimension of strength and durability that other metal sidings lack. Some of the advantages of using corrugated tin for siding are minimal maintenance, fire resistance, termite resistance, durability and it is often cheaper than other building materials such as brick or stucco. Corrugated tin has been used for siding on houses, sheds and industrial buildings. Corrugated tin siding is often referred to as architectural siding and is most often associated with industrial buildings and older homes.


Many mobile homeowners and conventional homeowners have used corrugated tin for skirting around their homes. Corrugated tin is easier and can take less time to install than other skirting materials. Mobile homeowners might use corrugated tin to skirt their homes to prevent animals and pests from invading their homes and to mask the axles and wheels of the home. Corrugated tin that is used for skirting will block cold winds from entering the underside of the home, which will prevent freezing water pipes. Owners of conventional homes can use corrugated tin as an alternative skirting material around decks. It can be painted to match the existing decor of the home or painted a colour of choice.


Corrugated tin has been used as a roofing material on homes, sheds, greenhouses and barns. Many homeowners have used tin as a roofing material for its durability, heat-reflecting characteristics and for ability to withstand strong winds. Corrugated tin metal is ideal for use in coastal areas because it holds up against salt and moisture better than materials such as shingles. This is also a good roofing material in rural areas and with homeowners who prefer country and primitive decorating styles. The grooves and ridges of corrugated tin encourage water to flow off the roof, which makes roof damage from water less likely.

Other Projects

Cut sections of tin, and glue them to the inside of a bookshelf to give it that modern industrial look. Achieve a similar industrial look in the kitchen with a corrugated metal backsplash. Cut the tin into equal squares and install them with grooves running in opposite directions to add some variation to the design. Cover radiators with corrugated tin sheets to hide the radiator, and decorate the covers with intricate designs or paint them a wide range of colours to match the home's decor. Corrugated tin sheets can be used in place of wall panelling and also work well for shower walls. Leave the original silver colour or paint it to brighten up a dull room. Cut the corrugated tin to different sizes and paint different pictures on them to display on walls and shelves.

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A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.