Aluminum perforated panels are a popular material used to achieve light control, privacy, sound reduction, and aesthetic factors. Perforated panels can be used as design elements while providing various levels of visual and auditory privacy. American Metalcraft offers a wide range of perforated panel shapes including round and square, as well as straight, staggered, and random patterns. There are several guidelines to follow when selecting perforated panels for a project:
1. Design your perforations - The diameter of the perforations should greater than the material thickness. This will help to improve the visual aesthetic and flatness of the finished panels. It is also important to choose an appropriate spacing between perforations to achieve the desired look for the project.
2. Determine the bar width - The bar width is the portion of metal between perforations. Its width should be equal to or greater than the material thickness.
3. Chose the metal alloy and panel thickness - When using perforated metal panels, the metal alloy will affect the overall aesthetics of the finished panels. The panel thickness will depend on location, and thicker panels are more advisable for environments with high winds.
4. Specify panel details - For individual projects, it is important to decide if the perforated metal panels will be specified with or without a border, and which stiffeners are required.
5. Consult your fabricator - A fabricator can provide additional specifications that will help determine the best attachment method, steps to conceal any stiffeners, and how to add any structural components that are required.
Perforated Metal Panel Benefits
- Design Flexibility - Metal panels can be perforated in different ways to achieve diverse designs. The most common methods of perforation are with CNC and gang punches, which are used for high volume and repeating patterns. Waterjets or lasers are ideal for creating customized perforations and patterns, with the option to choose multiple-sized holes and unique shapes.
- Light Filtration - For curtainwall facades, perforated panels filter harsh daylight into diffuse rays that create a more comfortable interior for occupants. Thus, perforated panels can help create more conducive work environments and consistent interior temperatures.
- Aesthetic Appeal - Perforated panels can be used to clad parking garages, camouflage air units, ductwork, and plumbing, as well as create signage. This helps to improve visual appeal in different spaces while providing functional benefits like weather protection and temperature control.
- Sustainability - American Metalcraft's aluminum perforated panels are 100% recyclable. Panels are eco-friendly and can contribute to LEED certification. Perforated panels that are PVDF coated are highly resistant to oxidation and harsh exterior conditions.