Perforated metal can be used in a variety of industries including construction, automotive, agricultural, mining, medical, and even culinary. Whether it is a perforated steel sunshade or a perforated aluminum pizza pan, varying metals can be perforated for a wide range of uses. Metal fabricators have created perforated metal products for many different applications.
When considering a perforated metal, it is best to choose the material based on its use, functionality, and performance. Many companies choose to implement materials that are environmentally friendly and reusable such as aluminum. Others, such as a marina, know that the material must withstand corrosive elements. Manufacturing companies often will perforate a wide variety of metals, including:
- Perforated stainless steel is highly functional and long lasting, as it avoids corrosion that other metals may not. Because better grades of stainless steel resist corrosion, extended exposure to natural elements such as rain, snow, or wind will not affect its functionality. Requiring less maintenance and upkeep from the user, stainless steel will remain reliable in the long term. Offering a modern appearance, stainless steel is easy to clean, especially important in sanitary conditions such as a kitchen or hospital. While some architects or designers may miscalculate the use of stainless steel because of a higher initial cost, it is important to consider the long term benefits, which often offer the best value. Also, stainless steel is 100% recyclable.
- As one of the most abundant raw materials available in the earth’s crust, aluminum is 100% recyclable without any decline in performance or quality. Aluminum can be a lightweight solution that is durable, strong, and long lasting. It is also resistant to corrosion or extreme temperatures. Aluminum does not require a protective coating and will not rust, chip, or swell. Perforated aluminum panels or cladding can offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance and functionality.
- Carbon steel is a type of steel in which the main alloy component is carbon. The greater the content of carbon, the harder the piece of steel will be. Carbon steel is greatly used because it is cheaper and a wider variety of options with different properties are available. Carbon steel is stiffer, stronger, and also magnetic. However, carbon steel is more susceptible to corrosion and rust, so should not be used in a corrosive environment.
- Galvanized metal is basically steel in which protective layers of zinc have been permanently bonded together by a chemical process. Because the zinc layers offer additional protection against corrosion, it is greatly used in outdoor environments. Aside from being cheaper and extremely effective in an outdoor environment, galvanized steel is reusable and recyclable.
- Perforated copper is highly sustainable and long lasting. Often produced from recycled material, copper is also reusable when its use is over. Copper, ductile and malleable, is also a good conductor of heat and electricity. With a powder coat protective layer, copper is often used for stylish, functional elements.
- Perforated plastic can be used in many of the same ways of perforated steel. However, it is more lightweight, economical, and corrosive resistant. It can be designed for acoustical wall or ceilings, railings, sunshades, or other decorative elements.
When considering your many material options, talk to an expert. The material of your choice can be perforated to your specifications. The material type and thickness, and hole shape, size, and pattern will be customized to your specific application.