Metal screens are at home both inside and outside of buildings.

5 unique things to do with metal screens

Metal screens have plenty of practical applications in residential and commercial structures. These screens can serve as a decoration, a functional component of the building or fulfil both roles at the same time.

Whether fabricated as a standard size panel or customised for unique projects, metal screens can address a wide range of widespread aesthetic and practical needs. There are also some less common applications in which these screens can be just as useful. Let's look at a few of them:

A metal screen facade on a car park.Metal screens can be deployed in a wide variety of shapes, colours, and orientations.

1. Branding and identification

Decorative metal screens may not be the first thing that comes to mind when your business starts to consider opportunities around branding your building or helping visitors identify it. But improvements in the tools and processes used to create screens have led to a variety of options on this front.

Our Pic Perf screens offer the opportunity to faithfully reproduce many logos, images and abstract patterns with a high degree of accuracy. There are few limits when it comes to implementing a custom design on a Pic Perf screen. Whether you want to use a wordmark or an image that makes your building's purpose clear, you can work with our team of experts to craft a solution that aligns with your goals.

With the right design factors taken into account, Pic Perf can also offer many of the practical benefits of metal screens. That includes benefits like protection from direct sun exposure and maximised airflow.

2. Privacy and protection

The need for privacy exists in settings ranging from restaurants and shopping centres to apartment buildings and office blocks. The right degree of separation from the outside world doesn't always require locked doors and windowless rooms, however.

Privacy screens can provide a happy medium between a bunker-like atmosphere and total exposure to the outside world. They limit visibility without completely cutting off the rest of an office floor or commercial space, creating a sense of openness that takes the aesthetics of a given area into account. When paired with a glass partition, screens can provide an effective barrier in terms of both visibility and sound.

Using metal screens for privacy isn't limited to internal applications, either. Facilities like medical centres, schools and many others can utilise laser-cut screen options to create a sense of separation without eliminating access to sunlight or visibility into the local area.

3. Balustrades

A balustrade is made up of a railing that's held securely in place by a support rising from the ground. While vertical columns are the first thought for many when it comes to balustrades, there are many options for decoration as well as functional support. Perforated screens can add a unique element to what is often simply a functional part of a building. Adding ornamentation to a transitional space like a stairwell can make the experience of moving through them a little more enjoyable.

4. Regulating temperature and sunlight exposure

Modern architectural screens tend to have an impressive appearance, whether they're made of expanded metal mesh, woven wire or a number of other materials. This is often the first thing an employee, visitor or passer-by will notice as they approach a structure. However, it's far from the only reason to include a screen in your construction or renovation plan.

Screens have a core practical function when placed outside exterior windows or in interior spaces that face substantial exposure to sunlight. By filtering sunlight without completely blocking it, metal screens can help to regulate temperature and exposure to sunlight. While some people who visit or work in a building may never notice the practical benefits of a metal screen used in this fashion, they'll more than likely enjoy the result.

5. Roofing

You wouldn't use a metal screen to cover the top of a building, of course. But what about an outdoor space for staff to enjoy their breaks, or an open green included in part of an outdoor shopping centre?

Using screens as roof replacements can offer practical and aesthetic benefits. Laser cut, perforated and many other types of metal screens can limit sun exposure without eliminating it, providing an enjoyable mix of light and shade. Pairing metal screens with a central walkway or seating area that includes a traditional roof structure can help protect employees, customers and visitors from the elements when needed, while offering a unique space on days with nicer weather.

Getting started with your own unique plans for metal screens

Whether you want to use the most traditional metal screen possible or have a truly unique idea for a design or application, you need a trustworthy provider who can assist you throughout the process. To learn more about your many options for metal screens, get in touch with our team of experts today.

Webforge FRP features a gritty non-skid surface as a standard feature.

Why FRP grating is so versatile

The right grating is vital for a safe and productive facility.

Businesses have to contend with a wide range of factors when it comes to the flooring that literally and figuratively supports their operations. Strong, dependable weight-bearing properties are crucial. Resistance to physical, chemical and other types of corrosion must be carefully considered. Limiting the effects of accidental or inadvertent electrical discharge is another central concern. General durability and resistance to wear and tear has to be considered as well.

What kind of grating can fit the bill for the many demands of modern industrial facilities? Fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) – also sometimes called fibreglass reinforced plastic – is often the answer.

FRP grating used in an outdoor industrial facility.FRP grating reliably supports a variety of industrial applications and needs.

What is FRP?

FRP brings together two core substances that support and strengthen each other when properly designed and fabricated: Plastic and fibre reinforcements. The strength of FRP is recognised and utilised in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive to construction and boat building. Its use in ballistic armour by militaries and security forces is especially notable in terms of demonstrating FRP's strength, resilience and durability.

While a range of fibre reinforcements can be used depending on specific applications, FRP is generally constructed using fibreglass. This is a cost-effective alternative to carbon fibre and doesn't sacrifice the key attributes that are so important when used as as grating in an industrial context.

The fibre reinforcements used to formulate FRP provides additional strength to the final product while also boosting elasticity. This means FRP is better able to consistently support loads and distribute that weight without permanently deforming, cracking or otherwise breaking. When it comes to safe flooring and grating, this is an especially important concern.

FRP has existed in one form or another since the early 20th century. Initial development occurred in the 1930s, driven in part by the growing use and clear potential of the aviation industry. Years of improvement and fine-tuning led to widespread FRP manufacturing by the 1950s. More options and further positive changes and additions to the process have occurred since, with the current product proving even more dependable and useful in a variety of use cases.

Why is FRP so versatile?

FRP's versatility is clear when considering the many applications where it plays a critical role. When it comes to industrial flooring and grating applications specifically, there are a few key considerations to assess.

Customisability to meet individual needs

FRP grating can be can be produced on a standardised basis, addressing many common needs for high-strength flooring in industrial applications. It can also be fabricated according to custom specifications, allowing businesses to ensure each and every walkway and other grating application can be effectively addressed no matter the details.

While customisability is a common benefit across many types of industrial flooring, combining it with the many more distinct advantages of FRP makes this grating especially attractive for industrial facilities.

High strength and dependability

The strength of industrial flooring is one of its most important attributes. Businesses need grating that can support the specific processes and workflows that occur within a facility on a daily basis. By using glass fibre to enhance the plastic, FRP can offer higher strength than is seen in a variety of metal grating types.

The exceptional load-bearing ability of FRP comes from the substances used to form it as well as its design. The standard grid structure helps distribute loads across a wider surface area, reducing the stress on any given point.

The right flooring means individual staff members and the company as a whole can both be more confident in the ability of the grating to offer safe, dependable surface in the long term.

Durability and ease of maintenance

Strength is critical for industrial grating, but it can only go so far if the material used regularly requires intensive maintenance and replacement. It's much easier to select and use a type of grating that can provide the needed support as well as reduce the time, effort and spending associated with repair efforts.

The process used to create FRP offers superior durability, both in terms of the strength of the final product and the general lack of complicated upkeep. FRP grating is produced in large, single pieces, which reduces opportunities for wear and tear in fasteners and similar hardware used to connect or link other types of grating together. This makes it simple to maintain – occasional cleaning may be all that's required for many years of use.

Resistance to corrosion and deterioration

FRP's resistance to the effects of chemical corrosion makes it uniquely suited to many industrial applications where other materials can be damaged and degrade in a significantly shorter period of time. It is similarly resistant to damage caused by exposure to the elements. While no substance is totally resistant to every form of corrosion, FRP offers excellent all-around durability in this context. When businesses choose to use FRP grating, they can be confident that its long life span won't be drastically shortened by chemical splashing, contact with vapours and similar concerns.

Slip resistance and ease of clearing debris

Debris can cause a variety of slip and fall hazards in industrial areas. FRP's standard construction includes 70% open surface area, allowing liquids and small objects to easily fall through and remove themselves as potential obstacles or causes of an accident.

Similarly, general slip resistance is a core need for a safe workplace. The anti-skid surfacing used in Webforge FRP grating helps workers stay safe and on their feet in all conditions.

Finding the best partner for your FRP needs

FRP grating plays a foundational role for many industrial facilities. Your business needs a dependable, proven partner to supply this grating and ensure that it's fit for installation and use. To learn more about Webforge's FRP production process and make an order, get in touch with our team today.

Woven mesh is one of many decorative metal options for buildings.

How decorative metal can add flair to any project

A successful construction or renovation project has to ensure structural integrity and general usability above everything else. But a perfectly functional and safe building will leave something to be desired without a strong visual identity.

Aesthetics are a vital consideration when engaging in new construction or managing a major overhaul of an existing building. The right approach can make your structure more recognisable and memorable to everyone who interacts with it, whether in passing or on a daily basis.

Decorative metal is an excellent option for project managers who want to address the need for strong aesthetics. There are many different choices available, from bespoke designs to standardised patterns, in a variety of materials. Decorative metal can be implemented across a structure's exterior as well as in various internal applications. Whether your project needs cladding, a unique facade, engaging interior design work, or a mix of these design elements, there are a wide variety of decorative metal applications to consider.

Let's look at a handful of dependable, flexible, and eye-catching ways you can add flair to your next project through decorative metal.


Laser-cut designs in a substrate metal allow for many abstract or representational images and patterns to be faithfully replicated. Recent advances in technology, tools and processes mean laser designs can go far beyond regular or repeated shapes and designs. There are still best practices to keep in mind for ensuring a design isn't so intricate that it causes issues with cutting or the long-term stability of the finished product. Locker is here to help you streamline complicated designs and imagery to ensure the end result is of the highest quality.

Whether your plan focuses on a handful of small panels in key areas or dozens of them stretching across an interior or exterior wall, laser cutting can create intricate images and clean, eye-pleasing shapes. Combined with the many options available for coating and painting laser-cut metal, you can realise a wide variety of results.

A series of mesh panels on a car park.Atmosphere panels bring together color, shape, and texture to support a building's aesthetic.


An intriguing facade makes a great first impression to visitors, guests, workers, and residents. These architectural elements also serve practical purposes. With the right facade, a building can reduce its exposure to sunlight and heat, lowering cooling costs and making areas from offices to car parks more comfortable for those that use them.

Decorative metal used as a facade can evoke a recognisable form or abstract concept through perforations in the substrate layer as well as larger three-dimensional shapes made by aligning panels at an angle or crafting panels with ridges. Colour and finish also play crucial roles. Our Atmosphere offering takes all of these design considerations into account, providing you with a facade that closely aligns with your vision and needs. And detailed work by our engineering teams allows for fast and dependable installation.

Pic Perf

Perforated metal offers a number of advantages in terms of practicality and design. Pic Perf maintains the functional advantages, like regulating exposure to sunlight, with a more complex and powerful visual component. Our Pic Perf process allows you to incorporate imagery into metal sheets through perforations. Our detailed approach allows you to essentially print your company wordmark or logo, a visual representation of the building's purpose, or an abstract design onto metal sheets. The scale at which Pic Perf is created means a high degree of detail is possible.

These panels can serve as a partial or complete facade or as an accent piece, wall, or partial barrier on the inside of a building. The many options available for utilising Pic Perf make it that much more valuable when choosing key design elements for a new project.

Woven Wire Mesh

Wire mesh may sound simple compared to the other options we've reviewed, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Woven wire is available in many different substrates and designs, from the most traditional grids to much more detailed and uncommon weaves and patterns. Mesh offers many of the practical benefits that perforated metal provides in terms of limiting visibility and regulating exposure to sunlight. Coating and painting options offer additional opportunities for customisation. Wire mesh is an effective way to make a new project or major renovation stand out from other structures in the area.

Adding flair to your next project with a top-notch partner

At Locker, we provide a variety of perforated metal and wire mesh products focused on boosting design aesthetics and introducing a sense of flair to new construction projects and major renovations. With our industry experience, skilled technicians, carefully calibrated processes, and end-to-end support, you have a partner you can count on. To learn more, get in touch with one of our experts today.