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Mill Aluminium for Urban Chic!

One of the first materials that come to mind when thinking of industrial style design is sheet metal.

When visualising cool, funky and edgy interior spaces, untreated aluminium sheet seamlessly integrates with exposed structural elements, brick walls and raw cement surfaces.

Perforated Sheet

Aluminium in the mill (natural) finish compliments many facets of urban and industrial style interiors. Balustrade panels, column enclosures, cladding of vertical bar/counter surfaces are all good application examples for this hygienic and low maintenance metal.

With a variety of aluminium sheet patterns and textures available from our online stock range you can select a particular look that will satisfy specific style needs.

Textured Aluminium

Perforated sheet, with its minimalist credentials, also fits in perfectly with modernist design schemes. Perforated sheets are easy to manipulate and are often used as architectural accents, screening panels and also widely as diffusers to create softened lighting effects.

One of its principal advantages over ferrous metals is that, without the risk of surface corrosion, aluminium’s raw silvery finish will, through wear and tear, develop its own appealing patina.

You can be assured that  among the aluminium sheets on our website you are likely to find some pattern or texture that will help to enhance the look of your next industrial style project.

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Perforated Aluminium Sheet: Useful Things to Know

It was none other than Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the creator of the Barcelona Pavillion, (which is often described as one of the most beautiful 20th century buildings), who coined the phrase ‘less is more’. Van der Rohe could have been talking about perforated aluminium sheet!

What other material simultaneously provides so many design opportunities to combine its inherent strength to weight ratio and corrosion resistant qualities with a widely appreciated aesthetic appeal? By virtue of these outstanding attributes, perforated aluminium sheet is often incorporated into many architectural components as the primary element. These products would include balustrade infils, bar/counter fascias, ceiling panels, column casings, radiator/vent covers, wall cladding and so on.

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It is often desirable to custom make perforated aluminium panels rather than fabricate from stock size sheets. This way the specifier retains much greater design flexibility by being able to incorporate plain borders and other unpunched areas, as well as, cut outs for lighting, vent ducts, etc. With the majority of round hole patterns being arranged on a 60 degree triangular pitch the plain borders are normally lost once pre-punched sheets are cut to size. Unless covered with a safety edge or hidden by some other component the resulting raw edge is a health and safety no no.

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Aluminium Fabrication: Helpful Specifying Tips

Being both lightweight and ductile, aluminium readily lends itself to fabrication.

However the un-initiated should tread carefully as there is no substitute for experience in specifying fabricated aluminium. It might, therefore, prove helpful if I share some key pointers with you, and these are;

ProductionTolerances: How long is a piece of string? There is no such thing in aluminium fabrication as an exact dimension. Every measurement is subject to a production tolerance. If sizing is critical, make sure you agree specifics with us before fabrication commences. If requested and to ensure a satisfactory ‘fit’, we can normally provide measurements that are ‘no greater than’ or ‘no less than’.

Aesthetics: To quote from Shakespeare ‘Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye’. Workshop processes will literally leave their mark on all metal surfaces. If aesthetics are important, and they often are, consider the intended location of the fabricated items. Lighting conditions, viewing distance and angle, etc., are among the elements that need to be taken into account.

Working from the premise that ‘prevention is better than cure’, sheet materials can be covered with a peelable protective film prior to production. This best practice precaution certainly assists in reducing, but not necessarily completely eliminating, surface marking.  Sheets are normally supplied with one good side (unless otherwise specified). It is also sometimes possible to ‘hide’ surfaces liable to workshop abrasions, as long as the visible faces are identified to us prior to fabrication.

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