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Perforated Metal Infill Panels Modernize 1970s Apartment

An outdated apartment achieves a new, open look with the help of McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal balconies.

The Hole Objective

The customer wanted to revitalize the exterior of an aging 1970s apartment building in Schaumburg, IL. The goal was to create a new look to take the building well into the 21st century. Additionally, the exterior should invite potential buyers to explore the interior.

Years before, safety balconies on this brick apartment were made using painted plywood panels and aluminum railings. These balconies resulted in a dated outer shell that blocked sunlight from reaching the apartment interiors.

Another challenge was to update the balconies within budget with minimal disruption to the residents. McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal Infill Panels proved to be the solution.

Aluminum Perforated Metal panels used on balconies of a brick apartment building.
Apartment building balconies updated with McNICHOLS® Aluminum Perforated Metal infill panels.

The Hole Solution

To create a compliant and open appearance, we fabricated panels from 0.125 gauge 5005 aluminum using Perforated Metal with 3/16" round holes arranged in a 1/2" staggered pattern. The design includes large solid borders, meeting the project's budget while ensuring safety and aesthetics.

A clear anodized finish was applied to prevent corrosion, peeling, or fading while still showcasing the beauty of the aluminum. By incorporating Perforated Metal Infill Panels, a nondescript brick building has transformed into a stylish set of high-end homes in one of Chicago's sought-after suburbs.

Featured Product & Benefits

McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal, Round, Aluminum, Type 5005, .1250" Thick (8 Gauge), 3/16" Round on 1/2" Staggered Centers

  • Aesthetics
  • Security/safety
  • Light filtration to the interiors
  • Air ventilation
  • Privacy requirements (small holes)
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Low maintenance
  • Strong and durable
  • Easy to fabricate

We invite you to learn more about McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal. Our expert associates are ready and Inspired to Serve® you at 855.318.8791, [email protected], or via Live Chat on