Perforated metal is an incredibly broad category in terms of construction materials. With so many base materials and options for perforating, coating and adding borders, folds and notches, perforated metal can be a welcome addition to the aesthetics of a wide variety of structures while also offering practical benefits.
What do I need to know about perforated metal?
One of the key qualities of perforated metal is how easily it can be used to transform the visual appearance of part or all of a building.
An incredible variety of shapes are possible with perforated metal, from rounded edges and sloping curves that evoke clouds and waves to sharp angles and flat surfaces that combine to create complex yet pleasing geometric designs. Whether limited to windows, applied to the front of a structure or surrounding much or all of the building, Perforated metal also has a number of functional qualities that can be difficult to achieve with other materials, including:
- Heat regulation: Perforated metal can limit the amount of sunlight that reaches the underlying structure or specific areas where this material is installed. That helps protect against excess heat, lowering cooling costs and maintaining a more stable temperature, and reduces the potential for the long-term affects of sun exposure.
- Sound absorption: Excess noise can be a distraction or even a safety concern, depending on the setting. The right screen can effectively dampen these unwanted noises.
- Improved visibility: The perforations in metal make it easy for those within a structure to see outside while keeping their eyes shaded from the sun.
What are some innovative uses of perforated metal?
Perforated Metal can serve many architectural functions in a cost effective manner. Perforated metal is used in everything from acoustical applications, outdoor furniture, balustrades, and many more. Once you know where to look, you’ll find that perforated metal is a commonplace element in the construction and development of entire buildings. Consider using perforated metal for the following, key architectural applications in your next building design.
In acoustical applications, perforated metal can be utilized in two different ways. It can serve as a facing for acoustic material, or as a part of a tuned resonant absorber.
Perforated metal is commonly used to build outdoor furniture, such as benches, picnic tables and garbage cans.
Aesthetically, perforated metal has a modern appeal and does not visually obscure surrounding scenery. Practically, the perforations allow rain and fine debris to drain away, rather than collect on the surface. Perforated metal is durable, so it can endure harsh environmental conditions and strong winds. It does not require yearly maintenance to prevent warping.
Many building façades and staircases are also built from perforated metal. As a façade, perforated metal is an efficient sun protection system. The metal delivers UV protection while permitting light and air to filter through.
Like perforated metal furniture, staircases built from this material are ideal for outdoor use because they allow rainwater to drain away. This is especially desirable from a safety perspective, as puddles of water can cause people to slip and injure themselves.
Perforated metal panels provide an ideal ventilation filter for HVAC systems. The gauge, size, and hole pattern of a perforated metal vent will vary based on the specific application. Perforated metal vents distribute air evenly for uniform room temperatures, reduce noise pollution from fans by breaking up airflow, and conceal filtered media in a visually pleasing container.
Suspended ceilings made from perforated metal are available in a variety of designs, textures, and colors. Lightweight and durable, suspended ceilings made of perforated metal are commonly installed in commercial buildings and residential homes to add value to an interior space.
Perforated metal panels are also used to make eye-catching and durable balustrades. Designer balustrades made of corrosion-resistant perforated metal improve the safety of balconies and stairwells. They also provide some degree of privacy while allowing sunlight and air to pass through.
As the examples above suggest, there are a myriad of uses for perforated metal in the architectural space. Perforated metal is not only practical, but also visually appealing. It can be used to shield everything from the sun’s harsh rays in an office building, to dust and debris in an HVAC system. It can be an elegant design solution for the home, and a durable material for outdoor and recreational spaces. For more information about perforated metal for your specific project, please contact the sales experts at Al Miqat Hardware today.