Architectural Uses For Perforated Metal Panels

November 30, 2016

Modern architecture values flair and functionality. Few materials achieve both, as well as decorative sheet metal. Including perforated metal in architecture is an intelligent way to provide shading, noise control, and more while also being a stunning visual feature. Building designers can use various materials and styles to serve countless architectural purposes.

Following are some key benefits of architectural perforated metal and tips to make the most of its potential uses.

Aesthetic Benefits

Architectural metal panels are eye-catching. For years, metal in architecture has served the purpose of inspiring distinguished designs. Perforated metal is even more dominant as a feature, allowing a designer to make more creative use of light, sound, and visual depth. Designs can include perforated metal for decorative pillars, ceilings, and walls, not to mention standalone art. It is also commonly used as a screen or building facade.

If the goal is to be visually appealing, a designer can use a range of hole shapes and patterns — such as round or hexagonal. In terms of material, a designer also can be more flexible, depending on whether the material will be used inside or outside. Lastly, while functional perforated metal might have a load to bear, metal panels that are strictly decorative can be made from weaker materials.

Functional Design

Of course, functionality is also crucial in building design. Perforated metal can be incorporated in this area, as well. Here are just a few uses for functional perforated metal in architecture:

  • Sound absorption. Perforated metal is an excellent option for diffusing sound. For example, perforated metal panels can be installed along a ceiling to prevent echoes. This function is standard in commercial buildings and office spaces, where high sound levels can be distracting.

  • Privacy. You often want a material that shields you but does not block all light. Perforated metal can be customized in a way that allows just the right amount of light flow while effectively keeping you out of view.
  • Drainage. Stairs and treads, benches, and more are commonly made with perforated metal because it doesn’t allow water to pool. This is useful for outdoor design or indoor spaces — such as factories — where spills can be hazardous.

For functional design — especially in applications that require the panels to hold weight — you should consider more robust materials, such as perforated aluminum, perforated stainless steel, or perforated galvanized metal. Likewise, some materials are better than others for sound absorption. Accurate Perforating Company would be happy to walk you through the pros and cons of every type of material we offer.

Why You Should Rely on Accurate Perforating Company

Accurate Perforating Company is a top choice for innovative building designers. We offer a wide range of options for both aesthetic and functional design. With nearly 75 years of experience, our team can help you make the best decision possible regarding perforated metal, depending on your specific application.

We also put our customers first. Our team takes a personal approach to providing custom options that suit your needs. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.