What Metal is Best for my Architectural Project?

Direct Metals® is your go-to supplier for Architectural Metals. We offer a variety of wire mesh, perforated metal, expanded metal, and bar grating. When it comes to deciding what type of metal is best for your application, we will assist to customize it to fit your needs. To get a sense for what each type of metal is recommended here are some brief overviews.

Wire Mesh

Lightweight and versatile, architectural wire mesh is a functional material that can be used for almost any architectural project. High open area wire mesh wire mesh can tolerate high winds and creates barriers without sharp edges. One of its many uses is solar shading, but it can also be a great addition to high traffic areas for creating a unique visual appearance.

Applications for Architectural Visual Mesh

This metal is best for—any architectural project looking for a maintenance free, strong metal that adds a striking visual appeal. Wire mesh is a unique feature that adds a flare of style to any project. It is great for areas such as lobbies, showrooms, concert halls, stadiums, and arenas.

Perforated Metal

Perforated metal varies in finishes, thicknesses, hole size, and patterns. This architectural metal is great for commercial applications. Extremely durable, lightweight, and economical, perforated metal can be customized to fit your specific needs. It allows for passage of air, light, sound, and gases, making it suitable for uses like benches and drain covers.

Applications for Architectural Perforated Metal

  • Metal Screens
  • Metal Guards
  • Metal Diffusers
  • Metal Privacy Panels
  • Metal Facades
  • Metal In-Fill Panels
  • Metal Trash Receptacles
  • Metal Benches
  • Metal Drain Covers

This metal is best for—highly customized architectural and commercial applications. Able to filter air, light, sound, and gases, this metal is extremely versatile. Perforated metal comes in many types, including round hole, square hole, slotted hole and hexagon perforated.

Expanded Metal

Strong and rigid, expanded metal is suitable for both decorative and functional purposes. Whether it is needed for security purposes or to add an architectural flare to a project, this metal is great for multiple uses. Different from perforated metal, this metal has diamond shape openings. For a more attractive flare, this can be used for sunshades and for a bit of privacy.

Applications for Architectural Expanded Metal

  • Metal Sunscreens
  • Metal Room Dividers and Panels
  • Metal Sign Panels
  • Metal Ceiling Tiles
  • Metal Display Units
  • Metal Walkways
  • Metal Grilles
  • Metal Columns
  • Metal Building Facades

This metal is best for—creating visually attractive architectural projects with the expanded metal’s unique shape. This metal can be used for just about anything. It comes in multiple sizes and metals, making it a good choice for adding an aesthetically appealing element to a project.

Bar Grating

Designed for industrial and architectural uses, this is a good choice for sunshades, fencing, walkways, and more. Bar gratings have become an important part of modern industrial plants such as being used for decks, landings, and stair treads. Architectural uses include gates, sunscreens, and fencing. Metal grating is perfect for screening unwanted items from most environments and will not interfere with a sprinkler system.

Applications for Architectural Bar Grating

  • Metal Public Walkways
  • Metal Stair Treads
  • Metal Driveway Drains
  • Metal Stormwater and Trench Drains
  • Metal Industrial Decks
  • Metal Fountain Grates
  • Metal Vents
  • Metal Flooring
  • Metal Fencing

This metal is best for—applications requiring some level of structural strength. This metal is corrosion resistant, versatile, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio meaning it can withstand heavy objects. To create a more visually appealing project, this product is not limited to just industrial applications.

Direct Metals® is an expert Architectural Metal supplier. Depending on your project, we have a variety of options for each of the specialty metals listed above to fit your specific needs. For more information regarding architectural metals as well as examples please view our catalog.

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