Why Metal Fabrics are a Flexible and Smart Design Solution

Mar 31, 2022


Be it around the contours of building or exterior panels, Metal fabrics have been creating aesthetically pleasing design solutions. The development in the design of metal fabric has widened the scope for functionality and efficiency.

Rolled Metal Fabric

Definition

It is termed as a barrier material that is produced from connected strands. These strands are made from fibers, metal, or any flexible material. A mesh is created with the connected threads and this can be used for varied applications in architecture

For an aesthetically pleasing yet sustainable design, metal fabric is an ideal fabric. With its flexibility and potential, it has a wide range of applications, depending on the purpose of design. It is available in inflexible as well as rigid patterns, some come in the tight weave but there are options with open pores as well. This gives metal fabrics a wider scope in the field of architecture.

Metal Fabric Ceiling design

Being such a flexible material, it can be utilized in varied facets of design. For usually unattractive purposes like parking garages, metal fabrics can create aesthetically pleasing structures. These fabrics provide shade as well as ensure safety. They give a sleek yet contemporary design solution to the building. They also have a role to play against vandalism from protecting architectural elements and can be used to project video displays.

It is resistant to high temperatures and hence can be used exposed outdoors. Ideal for facades, cladding, solar shading, partitions. Cultural, educational, sports, public, commercial, transportation as it offers flexibility. Improves air quality as it allows high visibility and optimum airflow. It can be used as an overhead sunshade to reduce a heat island effect and reduce glare from windows and glass doors. The stability of a structure is maintained far beyond its initial construction and hence can be used on stadiums, offices, schools, bridges, parks, and transportation venues and this makes metal fabrics today’s day solution.

Metal Fabric facade

Benefits of Using a Metal Fabric

Flexibility

All flexible curves, unusual structures as per the need of the project can be manufactured with Metal Fabric. It is possible to virtually match any type of design, customization and this makes it a sound choice for unique designs

Strength and Durability

It has the strength to resist damage caused by water and other conditions. This makes it last longer and more durable. Structural integrity is ensured with the use of Metal Fabrics

Appearance

A quality building façade can be achieved with Metal fabric that screens out sunlight and creates an ideal Daylight situation. It acts as a barrier and does not obstruct a view with its ideal thickness.

Maintenance

Metal Fabric panels can be removed and refitted easily which makes it an ideal choice for public spaces. Less maintenance gives the material a wider scope in architectural applications

Daylight

The metal fabric has the advantage of connecting occupants with indoor and outdoor spaces.  Undoubtedly, this results in improved productivity, increased airflow and shading, and a comparatively healthy environment.

Laying a Metal fabric for external facade finish

Other Architecture Advantages

Solar Management: Metal Fabric façade saves energy by reducing interior lighting and cooling needs s it offers ideal Daylight situations. This increases interior comfort levels and reduces power costs. Partly made from recycled material Metal fabrics can be recycled once it reaches the end of its lifecycle, this helps contribute to LEED goals in a number of areas.

Improving Air Quality for Parking Structures: Depending on the weave, a 50% open area allows for high visibility and optimum airflow. Because of the material’s transparent characteristic, no mechanical systems are required for ventilation– translating into energy and cost savings. The metal fabric effectively provides shelter from the elements including rain, wind, snow, creating an ideal environment and limiting access from trespassers.

Design Elements: As previously discussed, attaining sun shading and daylighting effect both are possible with Metal Fabrics. Its aesthetically pleasing quality creates beautiful facades and offers a sleek yet modern design. Metal fabrics can be used as a design trick to hide unsightly elements of a building such as support beams and exhaust vents that can be visually unappealing. The materials used for metal fabrics ensure durability and resist external temperatures and thus can unapologetically be used outdoors

Along with blocking excessive direct sun rays, the fabrics minimize temperature increases inside a building. Thereby, causing less use of energy and creating functional interior temperatures reducing dependency on air-conditioning. While not all projects require the benefits of sun shading, metal fabrics still provide sun screening benefits, acting as a screen to harsh sun rays and helping to reduce glare.

Interior view of Metal Fabric Facade

Pros & Cons

Advantages:

• Being metal these structures give better strength

• They are highly resistant to hearing as metals generally have higher melting points. Degradation of metal does not happen easily if the temperature rises.

• It can withstand external temperatures and it can go through a number of processes that include chipping, deep drawing, casting, forging welding, and soldering.

• It can be a cost-efficient solution but only in high-volume lines of production.

Disadvantages

• Metal Fabrication is a comparatively am expensive option

• Since metal has to go through a varied stage of processes like Deburring, finishing, and painting it can be time-consuming.

Conclusion

The benefits of using metal fabrics include design flexibility and solar management capabilities. The use of non-corroding materials can amplify sunshade thereby allowing an optimal amount of light to enter the building. To add to the benefit, the sub-structure requirements while using these fabrics are far less if compared with other suitable options. These fabrics don’t just act as a constructions accessory but they are a functional addition to any form of architecture. Relevant to today’s day architecture which is sustainable, attractive and high-performing metal fabrics can be called a smart tool to the construction sector.

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