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Q&A: How To Design & Buy Perforated Metal Sheet

Carrington Aged Care - Riverview apt bespoke perforated metal screen

Is perforated metal on your project materials lists this year?

Arrow Metal manufactures, designs, and delivers perforated metal Australia-wide. Here’s your useful Q&A guide all about us, what we do, and how you can create and buy perforated metal sheet with us for your contracts.

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Who is Arrow Metal?

Australia’s perforated metal experts

Arrow Metal is an Australian-owned and operated perforated metal manufacturer. From our Silverwater factory in New South Wales, we produce and supply quality, Australian-made perforated metal to the architecture, design, building, and construction industries.

With nearly three decades of expertise in metal perforation, we have the technology and know-how to create perforated metal for every type of project, from stunning custom-made installations in your own design to functional and decorative perforated metal solutions that meet your contract and tender briefs.

Carrington Age Care bespoke perforated metal facade

Bespoke perforated metal balcony screens, Riverview Apartments

Who do we work with?

Perforated metal partners for architecture & design

We work across all Australian architecture and design sectors, collaborating with:

  • Small to large-scale architecture studios and practices
  • Interior designers
  • Building and construction companies
  • Project managers
  • Fit-out firms
  • Trade specialists – balustrade, metal fabricators, and facade installers
  • Artists and creative professionals

If you need to specify and buy perforated metal in any form, we can help – just contact our friendly team on (02) 9748 2200.

What types of projects have we worked on?

Public and private sector expertise

Arrow Metal perforated metal has been used for many key public and private sector projects across Australia, from multi-million-dollar commercial CBD complexes and residential developments to retail schemes, transport and infrastructure upgrades, hospitality, hotels, and public buildings.

Notable projects include:

Look through our Projects page for more details and explore some of our other completed works for ideas and inspiration.

Como Trane Station underpass by Arrow Metal

Perforated metal underpass, Como train station, Sydney

What types of metal do we perforate?

We perforate an extensive range of metals, including the most common types of metal used in construction, architecture, and interior design:

  • Mild steel
  • Pre-galvanised steel
  • Galvanneal
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Brass

Our team can advise on the right metal grades for your installation, to ensure performance and longevity.

What are the pattern options?

Standard and exclusive ranges

Whatever your project requirements, we have a pattern to suit. Choose from classic and cost-effective round perforations, square, hexagon, geometric or round-end slot, made to your exact specifications in open area percentage, pitch, and size.

Responsive to the latest trends in architecture and design, we also produce our own designs in-house, using our specialised tooling machinery to create high-end, impactful, and innovative designs that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our exclusive in-house designs are part of our made-to-order range, giving you even more creative scope for your budget when you collaborate with us.

How do I get a custom perforated metal design made? 

Bespoke orders and briefs 

If you have your own architectural design or a challenging brief to achieve, we can make it happen.

We have the expertise and the specialised tooling machinery to produce even the most complex perforated metal patterns on a single sheet, without compromising on quality or performance.

Through CAD drawing, we can produce panels that feature imagery, words, illustrations, or branding, custom made in sizes up to 5000mm in length for an exact fit on site.

From giant, poetry-themed building facades to logo and JPEG photo replication, our highly skilled manufacturing team can replicate your design down to the tiniest detail, working with you throughout every stage of production to ensure that your custom panels perform, look, and seamlessly fit exactly as you need them to.

Cowper Street, Granville: Perforated metal artwork

What finishes and effects are available?

Colours, effects, and folding

You can further customise your perforated panels with a wide range of finishes and effects. A coloured or metallic finish is a cost-effective and popular way to upgrade standard perforation profiles when the project budget is limited.

You can also specify a finish that protects your metal panels, ideal for harsh environmental conditions. We can also fold, bend, and curve your panels, depending on the pattern specification.


What are typical delivery timescales?

Buy perforated metal for Australia-wide delivery

How soon your perforated metal panels are ready depends on:

  • Whether you’re ordering an in-stock, made-to-order, or customised product
  • The size of your order
  • Profile specifications
  • Any required finishes such as colours or durable coatings

We will always do what we can to fulfil last-minute orders and meet tight timescales. Ordering in-stock, ready-made panels is the fastest option if you have a short lead time and need quick delivery. Your product will be dispatched the next working day from our Silverwater factory if your order is received and paid for before midday.

For made-to-order and custom panels, we will advise current lead times when you order.

Who do I contact about an order?

Customer service and communication 

You’ll always know how your perforated metal is progressing, through regular updates from one of our team.

When you order from us, your job is assigned its own project coordinator, who oversees every stage and keeps you informed. From initial enquiry to on-site delivery, we manage it all, giving you expert guidance at every stage for project success.

Work with Arrow Metal

If you have an idea for a perforated metal design, need costs for a tender pitch, or want to work with us for your next project, get in touch with our team to chat through your design brief on (02) 9748 2200. Or send us an online enquiry here and we’ll get back to you promptly.

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Posted: January 21, 2022

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