Using perforated metal around the home

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Perforated metal brings a whole new industrial quality to design and now is making its way into residential design. Its characteristics make it ideal for both structural and decorative applications, because it shields and encloses spaces while allowing for light, ventilation and visual openness.

Perforated metal is a sheet of metal with holes of a particular shape and size that has a mesh-like look when viewed from a distance. The shape, size and pattern of the holes can be standardised or custom-designed. Standard perforation holes are typically circular and can range in size from 1 millimetre upwards, however, the bigger the hole, the thicker the metal sheet needs to be.

Custom perforated sheets are also available with holes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including squares, rectangles, diamonds, crosses, and more. Perforated metal can be used for structural and decorative applications in architecture and design, including balustrades, facades, stairs and screens, and its characteristics allow for creativity with light, sound and visual depth.

Perforated metal can be used for stair balustrades that are floor-to-ceiling, or used as a handrail. The strong and durable qualities of perforated metal make it a great choice for stair treads and risers, as its texture provides better resistance against slipping and it has a high load-bearing capacity for structural integrity.

Used outside, perforated steel balustrades provide both safety and privacy. A perforated metal facade can provide visual interest, as well as shade and protection.

Perforated metal can also be used for smaller design details such as this pendant, which adds an industrial quality to the wood and glass interior. Talk to your architect or building designer if you’d like a perforated-metal feature included in your plans, or speak to a fabricator if you’re interested in retro fitting.