The versatility and utility of perforated metal cannot be overstated. Architects, designers, and those in construction use it for its versatility, aesthetic, and durability. The transformative ways it can be used for many types of projects, big and small, make it the best choice for those who need it for specific projects, such as facades.
With perforated metal, not only will you get durability and strength, but the design elements that can be made using it are next level, and it has many applications, big and small. This article will explore why perforated metal is beneficial as well as exceptional in the many avenues it is used for.
Perforated Metal: A Quick Instruction
Perforated metal, which can also be called a perforated sheet, perforated plate, or perforated screen, is sheet metal that has been stamped or punched by hand or machine using CNC technology or laser cutting to create different holes, patterns, and shapes in the metal to come up with different looks and uses. It is most commonly made from aluminum and steel, but other metals can be incorporated as well.
Advantages of Using Perforated Metal
One of, if not the most important, reasons that perforated metal is so highly regarded is that with all of its advantages, it is still incredibly kind to your budget when using it for projects in construction and design jobs. Many cities and public buildings use perforated metal in their designs as they are economical without losing out aesthetically.
The perforated metal look delivers a modern and unique look wherever it is used. Because of the almost endless options when it comes to the hole sizes, hole shapes, patterns, and finishes that you are able to do with perforated metal, it makes for the perfect material for whatever look the project calls for.
Perforated metal also allows the person designing the facade to control outside visibility. By changing the size of the perforated metal design, you can make it difficult for those on the outside to look in while still allowing for natural light and air to come through. It can be as open or as private as you would like, which makes perforated metal ideal for designing great-looking spaces that feel secure with the added benefit of being aesthetically pleasing.
The nature of perforated metal allows for it to be easily manipulated, bent, and changed to fit your design. Because of how versatile and easy it can be molded to your specifications, perforated metal can be used as decorative or structural. This gives designers many options when it comes to the use and application of perforated metal, from sunscreens that can filter light and heat to railing infills that can add to structure while reducing the mass.
The structure and strength of perforated metal makes it a cut above when comparing it to other materials and metals. It can withstand rough and varied weather elements with its strength-to-weight ratio making it formidable against the harshest weather Mother Nature has to dish out.
With this type of metal, the perforations lighten the metal and allow for it to be used in more applications and in more areas as it won’t weigh down the structure nearly as much as other metals. The durability of perforated metal is far better than fabric, mesh, or glass, as they can rip or break quite easily.
Perforated metal is difficult to damage and quite easy to clean, making it great for larger projects in big cities as well as smaller design projects for the facade of a small business.
Energy efficiency is becoming more and more important as we realize the toll and expense of using too much energy. Because perforated metal balances ventilation and light, it allows those designing with it to utilize and manage the heat from the sun within the facade and build.
When you deflect heat, less energy is used to cool the space, and thus, not only does it keep the building cooler but saves money as well. HVAC systems can overload breakers and cause brown and blackouts during high heat summers, so using perforated metal to keep the sun at bay can really be a help when needed most.
Coinciding with energy efficiency is the eco-friendliness of this type of metal. Perforated metal is a fantastic “green” material because it is very recyclable, it reduces energy, as we have learned, as well as promotes sustainability and innovation when it comes to the use of the material.
Because of the perforations in the metal, less metal is actually used, which reduces weight, and this reduction in weight can lower costs when building or even transporting the metal to the job site. Using eco-friendly metals helps the designer to explore the versatility and use while saving on budget and making a truly unique product.
Get Advice From the Metal Experts
MetalTech Global is the nation’s premier distributor and fabricator of coil, sheet, and finished architectural metals products. We promote the use of sustainable metal products in the buildings and are able to create custom perforated patterns and shapes as well. With high-tech tools and over 15 years of experience, our architectural support staff can realize an unlimited variety of folded and perforated panel designs.
Contact us today for all of your perforated metal, coil, panel, and fabrication needs! We hope to work with you today to realize your next architectural dream.