Posted April 4th, 2014 by Christy Serafini
Perforated metal panels can be used alone, as a single layer to enclose open-air structures, or installed over weatherproof insulation or glass. The way you use it in your construction project depends on the type of project you’re building and the look you’d like to achieve. Below are several reasons to incorporate perforated metal into your next construction project.
During the design and preparation stages of any large building project, many factors must be considered. All buildings are designed to be visually appealing, and perforated metal adds to the appearance of an exterior façade. Products are available in a range of colors and perforation patterns. Perforated metal panels can even be enhanced by the addition of graphic designs and artwork. The quantities, costs and shipping weight of materials needed for a project must also be taken into account in the construction preparation process. Perforated metal panel systems are competitively priced when compared to other types of architectural metal, and the perforations can translate to reduced overall shipping costs.
Building with perforated metal panels is made easy by the use of specially designed connection systems developed by the various product manufacturers. Perforated metal will arrive at a construction site pre-finished and ready to install. The panels can be easily cut on-site to fit even the most awkward areas and may be installed horizontally, vertically or at any angle for an entirely distinctive look. Perforated metal generally weighs less than a solid metal panel of similar dimensions, so less external structural support is required. A smaller number of personnel are also required to safely handle perforated metal during installation than are needed to manage solid metal panels.
The visual attractiveness of a structure that employs perforated metal is unique. If installed over glass windows, the panels can allow light to pass through at night while providing complete privacy during daylight hours. Perforated metal cladding is easy to care for and allows a building to remain cooler in the summer by reflecting a portion of the solar radiation striking the surface. In winter, perforated metal cladding also provides a moderate level of protection from the cold by partially containing a warm envelope of air around the building. Condensation between exterior cladding and interior building walls can be a problem for some large structures but is virtually eliminated when perforated metal is used. Like all metal products, perforated metal is also recyclable when the building is remodeled or demolished.
Finding Perforated Metal Panels at a Local Supplier
Wade Architectural Systems offers several popular lines of perforated metal panels to contractors and construction professionals throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Two of our most popular manufacturers are Dri-Design and Centria. Both companies offer a range of options, including different sizes, finishes and perforation densities. Dri-Design offers panels that have been treated with weather-resistant zinc, while Centria’s EcoScreen products are available in lengths up to 30 feet. For more information about the benefits of each product line, detailed product specifications and pricing information are available from Wade Architectural Systems.
Whether you’re the person in charge of arranging the purchase and shipping of building materials, the contractor who attaches exterior metal panel systems to a building or the manager responsible for the operation of a building after construction, perforated metal panels are a great choice. To learn more about the many uses of perforated metal, contact Wade Architectural Systems today. We’ll be glad to work with you to select the product that’s right for your project.