More and more architects and organisations are realising how valuable, functional and effective prefabricated metal buildings, panels and profiles will be when trying to combine function and aesthetics for refurbishment, new extensions and new buildings. Architectural metal mesh, in particular, can help with challenges such as
Creating safe pedestrian walkways
Creating privacy in open spaces
Providing aesthetically attractive designs
Improving airflow and ventilation
Metalworking solutions combine these functions to provide valuable materials and tools for the construction industry. Architectural metal mesh provides the ideal solution for structural elements, decorative designs, panels and profiles.
The implementation of metal solutions in buildings can also lead to longer life and structural stability thanks to the corrosion resistance, low maintenance and structural properties required for architectural metal mesh and architectural perforated metal. In addition, these products are environmentally friendly, sustainable and provide shading and reflectivity. When efforts are made to increase ratings and exceed code requirements, metal solutions are often the answer.
Metal products are available in a variety of custom sizes and shapes.
Each metal has its own grade and a variety of beneficial mechanical properties that can solve problems in specific applications. Depending on your specific architectural design challenges, a metal mesh or perforated metal may further improve these properties when seeking solutions to architectural challenges. Perforated metals are non-destructive and can gain strength through the expansion process, whereas porous metals involve perforating the material.
Metal fabrication processes offer a variety of advantages. These include
Metal grades are generally stronger, harder and more durable than other materials. When incorporated into architectural designs, they offer high strength and stability, providing architects with more options
Given their high melting point, metals are less likely to degrade even at elevated temperatures.
Available in many styles, sizes, patterns and materials, fabricated metal is one of the most versatile options available for architectural use. Customised metals can be chosen to suit the specific needs of the application.
In many long-term, high-volume construction applications, metal offers a cost-effective option, especially for long-term projects or high-volume production.
Expanded metal is available in a variety of styles and materials for architectural applications. The openings that characterise expanded metal allow air, light and sound to pass through but can be customised to provide more or less of any of these aspects. The high level of customisation options makes expanded metal quite versatile and cost-effective.
Heavy Duty Grille
When choosing an expanded metal mesh style, hexagonal or square holes provide high aesthetic value for architectural applications, while diamond-shaped holes provide excellent strength and rigidity over time. Each of these options can be customised to keep the function and appearance of your architectural vision consistent
The flat profile and raised profile of metal mesh products provide texture and produce a desirable three-dimensional appearance. When used in conjunction with glass, concrete, plastic and other materials, expanded metal provides both functionality and modernity, as well as rigidity and strength. When used in outdoor applications, expanded metal is non-porous and resistant to corrosion and can withstand these elements. Expanded metal also results in little material waste, as the production process loses little to no metal for scrap.
Light to medium option
The most commonly used materials include steel, aluminium and copper, with each option offering different weight and strength specifications as well as different aesthetic effects.
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