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6 Ways to Use Perforated Metal

Perforated Metal has a variety of applications including heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), filtration, aesthetics, and more. Learn how McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal can fill the hole in your next project!

Using Perforated Metal

Perforated Metal offers endless possibilities with its wide range of materials, styles, patterns, and sizes. Perforated Metal is a special type of sheet metal that has punched holes in a variety of patterns — or as we like to call it, design, character, and functionality! Perforated Metal has a variety of applications in heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), filtration, aesthetics, and more. Many industries can benefit from using Perforated Metal in their projects such as architecture, engineering, and construction to name a few.

Today, we will be covering some of the top ways to use Perforated Metal in your next project.

1. Perforated Metal Allows Ventilation & Airflow

You may use Perforated Metal for your HVAC system to improve its overall appearance and ensure occupants benefit from heating or cooling without the bothersome noise of a loud system.

In HVAC units, Perforated Metal is used in diffusion systems and air ducts in HVAC systems to distribute air consistently and evenly. It acts as a silencer, allowing a system to run quietly. It's also aesthetically pleasing, giving someone the benefit of a high-functioning system that looks just as good as it functions. Oftentimes, Perforated Metal helps to lightly conceal or distract from unsightly electrical equipment or internal components.

A diffuser is one component of an HVAC system that may use Perforated Metal. The diffuser allows air to disperse evenly throughout creating a comfortable environment. It also ensures that the home or building doesn't have temperature changes that go from one extreme to another, and makes sure inhabitants are breathing fresh clean air!

Another piece of an HVAC system that uses Perforated Metal is a silencer. Without this part, the noise from the fan and other components of the HVAC would move throughout the building, creating a bothersome environment for residents.

2. Perforated Metal Filters Particles

Because you can customize the hole size for your preference and purpose, you may use this metal to filter an assortment of materials. In fact, various industries use Perforated Metal filtration, including the food service, petrochemical, and pharmaceutical industries, to name a few.

Perforated Metal, when used for filtration, prevents dust and other particles from entering a system or the goods being made. You may use these to ensure safety and quality and prevent contamination.

Aggregated sorting is another purpose of Perforated Metal. For instance, you may opt for Perforated Metal solutions if you need to sort items, like peanuts, small fruits, pills, or rocks to name a few. It's also useful in mining, manufacturing, and agriculture to hold or sort materials.

Perforated metal is versatile for making custom sifters, baskets, and screens, similar to Wire Mesh products. We can customize the Perforated Metal to your desired hole size.

3. Perforated Metal can Provide Light Filtration & Privacy

A Perforated Metal sheet can serve the purpose of filtering light and help with privacy. Keeping peeping eyes from getting a solid view! In a public space, you can use it to create privacy indoors or outdoors. This guarantees a more private dining experience for your customers.

When used for this purpose, the metal lets air pass through, so you still have ventilation whenever you place it. Plus, you may choose the design, spacing, and sizing of the holes. Decorative Perforated Metal may be a great option for these types of specific interior, recreational establishments.

You can also use perforated metal as a partition inside a building or even outdoors. Instead of adding a new wall, you can utilize this metal to partition large indoor or outdoor areas. Outside, you may use it like a fence and it works great as Railing Infill Panels for this reason!

4. Perforated Metal Filters & Absorbs Sound

A loud environment can cause headaches and anxiety, and inadequate acoustics in concert venues might not reach the whole audience. However, Perforated Metal is a method to alter both.

Some materials absorb sound waves and bounce them around. It's not until the waves diffuse on their own that they stop. This can create a very noisy environment in some locations. Perforated surfaces can disperse the soundwaves quickly, making the space less noisy.

It's possible to use Perforated Metal indoors or outdoors for this application. Use Perforated Metal near a building in proximity to a busy road to drown out the noise of the highway. It changes the loud noise to ambient white noise inside the building.

In facilities where equipment is operational, the overall atmosphere can turn quite boisterous The metal can reduce this noise and create a better environment for workers.

When you use them in concert halls and meeting venues, the metal can contain a noisy area from the quieter sections surrounding it. Perforated Metal can help spread sound in places where people need to hear a speaker or musician. As a result, it'll improve the overall sound quality, allowing the audience to hear the performer more clearly.

5. Perforated Metal offers Design Appeal

This type of metal is anything but boring since you may use it to add a pop of color or texture.

Because of a Perforated Metal sheet's versatility and customizability, it can be aesthetically appealing in any setting. You can choose everything from the color to the size and position of the holes. Perforated Metal offers a unique way to display your business’ brand and style that is visible from afar. Incorporate elements with Perforated Metal to add texture or shape to the design.

Besides standard Perforated Metal, we also offer Perforated Designer Metal for aesthetic purposes. Choose from a wide variety of options like Designer Perforated Metal, Designer Expanded Metal, Designer Wire Mesh, and Designer Textured Metal. All of these feature unique patterns and construction types to help make your project or space like none other.

Screens, wall panels, suspended ceilings, awnings, facades, and more utilize it.

6. Perforated Metal for Utility Purposes

Choosing this metal for practical utility is wise because it's durable and can serve organizational needs.

Perforated Metal can be practical when used in a shed, cellar, or professional workspace. Rather than cork, pegboard, or another similar wall panel material that will degrade over time, metal is long-lasting. Consider using perforated plastic sheets or metal for wall panels in your workspace or play area.

In conclusion, Perforated Metal offers countless features and benefits. Common uses include incorporating it into HVAC systems for ventilation and airflow, as well as for sound diffusion. The custom hole size in Perforated Metal makes it ideal for sorting and filtering particles of all sizes.

Perforated Metal also allows for privacy within rooms and buildings while still maintaining an open space and an aesthetically pleasing design. These are just some of the reasons thousands of customers choose to incorporate McNICHOLS® Perforated Metal in their projects each year!

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