Perforated Screens / Pic-Perf

Perforated metal screens for residential and professional projects
At Urban Metal, we want to elevate experience through creativity and design, elevating spaces to bring people together. Back in 2010 when Urban Metal first opened it’s doors, Perforated Screens were the core product of our business. Versatile, easy to install and suitable for a large range of projects meant that Perforated Metal Screens were a popular architectural choice predominantly for commercial projects. Just as Urban Metal as a business has evolved over the past 10 years, so too have our Perforated Screens. Today, savvy  builders, designers and home owners are using our perforated screens to enhance spaces, allowing them to create and enhance their experiences within these spaces.

We can transform your space instantly with our Perforated Decorative Screens (also known within the industry as Pic-Perf screens).

Urban Metal specializes in the custom design and supply of perforated metal screens for residential and professional projects. All designs are built through a creative, innovative process, based on years of experience and collaboration – working closely with people and their desired space to enhance the overall enjoyment, aesthetic and feel.

We can work with your design or we offer a custom design service for those who require something unique. Decorative, perforated designs are by far the most complex projects as there are many factors to be considered. Each element of scale, colour, viewing distances and light play an essential part in the outcome of the project and every aspect requires careful consideration to achieve an optimal result.

Most homeowners who adore their homes and enjoy spending time in their own private sanctuary invest in a variety of options to increase the aesthetics and feel of these spaces for maximum usability and enjoyment.

Graeme Spender—Davis Sommerville Architects  PH0411451 369  

Why Do I Need Perforated Decorative Screening

Let’s first understand the concept and the functionality of perforated screens by looking at a few ways in which you could incorporate perforated or pic-perf screening into your home to enhance your lifestyle and elevate your experiences within those spaces.

  • Build a private haven in your outdoor space
  • Shield your patio from prying eyes
  • Add a feature panel to your deck where your enjoy social get togethers with friends and family
  • Turn outdoor play areas into sun safe zones for your kids that are functional and stylish
  • Hide unsightly, yet functional home items by covering air conditioner units, bins, pool pumps and other landscaping eyesores with a well-placed and thoughtfully considered screen or enclosure.
  • Functional and decorative perforated screens to section carports and garages from entry landscaping to define areas
  • Feature panels for pool fences which also comply with safety regulations
  • Decorative panels for alfresco areas
  • Roofing panels for outdoor patios and gazebos add impact and throw stunning shadows which add the feeling of texture and depth
  • Perforated Balustrade Panels – compliant with regulations ensuring panels are not deemed ‘climbable’.
  • Stairwell screens providing a decorative yet safety conscious alternative to solid walls

For more examples, view our Perforated Screening Portfolio here.

Types Of Perforated Screens

Traditional Perforated Metal Screens are available in many options. There are a variety of hole sizes and shapes to choose from with options available to suit most project requirements. At Urban Metal, we do supply off-the-shelf, standard perforated sheets, however, where possible,  we concentrate on our area of expertise – ‘decorative’ perforated metal screens, a perfect blend of design and technology with features to ensure longevity under Australian conditions. What is the difference? Standard perforated sheets are generally punched with a cluster, perforating the same hole size and pitch over the entire sheet. Decorative Perforated Screens are custom designed patterns, created with a single hole punch which allows us to elevate the perforated experience through a creative design approach, whilst maintaining all of the benefits that perforated panels offer. It also allows for our designs to be detailed in design, a variety of hole sizes can be used, and the perforated material makes a perfect base of the inclusion of colour.

The many choices available when it comes to choosing which decorative perforated screening option is right for you means this process can be overwhelming. Powder coated aluminium screens are great for gardens, fences, courtyards and outdoor dining areas. They are also the perfect choice for creating private spaces in pool areas or for blocking the view of neighbours. They are light weight, easy to install, long lasting and require very minimal maintenance. Likewise for stainless steel. Available in two finishes, brushed satin or mill finish, they are an incredibly stylish choice, however they do require a certain amount of maintenance in comparison to other materials. Need additional help with material selection and to gain a better understanding of the pros and cons? Click here for additional information.

Decorative Perforated Screen Designs

At Urban Metal Decorative Screening, we thrive on challenging creativity and what is expected when designing for a space. We don’t like cookie-cutter,done before techniques, and when designing specifically for privacy screening there are many additional factors which require important consideration. We challenge you to think outside-the-box. We can customize the outdoor screen, depending on your design ideas, budget, placement choices, requirements and choice of material. Will your decorative screen become the focal point to enhance and elevate the aesthetics in your own sanctuary or do you require a perforated screen which blends in and becomes a functional, yet less obvious, addition to your home. How much privacy is required and is this a consideration for your Urban Metal Perforated Screen? Do you need almost full coverage with minimal open areas providing less visibility through the perforated screen or would you like more open area so that the screen is not to enclosed and allows the breeze to flow through, however also creates enough of a distraction to become a feature or statement piece. Whatever your requirements, we collaborate and work with you to ensure that the outdoor screening solution we provide goes above and beyond your expectations.

Choose from one of our standard Studio Designs or we will create a custom perforated design specifically for your requirements. To find out more about our custom design work, click here.

CBC Metal Fabrication / Designed by: Kate Cunningham

Fixtures & Framework

Our decorative screens are tailored to suit your needs and where required, fixtures and framework, posts or pre drilled holes can be provided, so DIY installation is made easy. To compliment our range of customised screen designs, available in multiple sizes, materials and colors, Urban Metal Decorative Screening also offers a multitude of fixture and framing options. Stand off screws to allow panels to be offset from the wall; framework with rounded edges, framework with square edges and framework whereby the panels can sit mid frame, meaning they look the same from both the front and the rear. Fixtures can also be colour-matched to your panel. Click here from more fixture and framework options, information and examples.


Careful consideration should be given to the installation of your Urban Metal Decorative Screen at the beginning of your project. During the design phase, we will spend time gaining an understanding of exactly where and how your panel will be installed. We offer a great range of fixtures and framework which can be included if required. For our Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clients, we also offer a full Design-Consultation-Completion service and if required, we can also include for the installation of your decorative screen. For additional information on our installation services, click here.

Cleaning & Maintenance

To ensure your newly installed Urban Metal Decorative Screen is long-lasting and looking beautiful for years to come, it is important to understand the maintenance requirements.

Stainless Steel: A speciality finish which does require a certain amount of maintenance. As to the frequency, most suppliers would agree that stainless steel should be cleaned on an “as needed” basis. Regardless of the grade of material, all stainless steel can be prone to ‘tea staining’. Stainless Steel should be kept clean and free of dirt and grime to ensure its natural and original appearance.

Weathering Steel: A high strength steel which develops a protective rusted ‘patina’ which inhibits further corrosion. Originally designed for architectural use on bridge construction and shipping containers, weathering steel has been known to achieve a 100+ year life span.

Powder Coated Aluminium or Steel: For the majority of our powder coated panels, the brand we choose to use is DULUX. They recommend that a simple, regular maintenance program should be implemented. The effects of ultra violet light, atmospheric pollution, dirt grime and airborne salt deposits can all accurate over time and should be removed at regular intervals. As a general rule, cleaning should take place every three months. For additional tips to maintaining your powder coated products, please click here.


To request a quote or to speak to us about your upcoming project, please click here, or call 0731027130.

Ready To Discuss Your Project?

We’d love to hear more about your ideas and to see if we would be a good fit for your decorative screening project.