Perforated sheet metal is sheer style
You wouldn’t expect to hear the words ‘sheer’ and ‘delicate’ when describing perforated sheet metal. But that’s exactly what can be achieved if you want a softer effect – and it’s easier than you think.
If you want to make perforated metal more transparent and sheer in appearance, it’s all down to the pattern – and sometimes even the colour finish – that you choose.
Here’s your quick guide to which patterns are best for sheer perforated sheet styles.
How to choose perforation patterns for sheer-style perforated sheet
When you’re planning for perforated metal transparent aesthetics, you don’t just need to think about hole size. There’s pitch and open area percentage to consider, too. All these factors determine how ‘see-through’ the finished perforated sheet will be:
- Pitch: Pitch is the distance between hole centres in adjacent rows and is measured in millimetres. Essentially it means how close the holes are to each other. Pitch can have different directions, such as straight or staggered. For a transparent effect, you need the holes close to each other.
- Hole size: Hole size is also measured in millimetre diameter. For delicate transparent effects, smaller holes work much better than larger ones.
- Open area percentage: This is the amount of area, calculated as a %, that is made up of holes on each perforated sheet. You can read all about open area percentage and how it’s used on our blog
Sheer perforated sheet best designs
Transparent-style perforated metal is easy to achieve with our profile 244 , with which is in-stock for Australia-wide delivery now. P244 has is our larger-sized hole option of 9.5mm diameter, and has an open area percentage of 51%.
You can see profile P244 in use in our project for Gosford Hospital. We created panels for the site’s staff walkway, that combine privacy with visibility.
Another great example of a sheer-style perforated metal project are the custom shutters we made for the prestigious Infinity Apartments in Canterbury. The shutters are a delicate veil covering the apartment windows, instead of large and imposing screens.
How to order sheer style perforated sheet
Download our perforated metal brochure to explore our full range of in-stock and made-to-order perforated metal profiles. We can also custom-make perforated sheet to your exact specification, in any style of perforation, finished in a colour of your choice.
Call us on (02) 9748 2200 to discuss your project. Or make an online enquiry here.Posted: July 10, 2020