Perforated Metal

With hundreds of tooling options available, we can offer round holes, square holes, slots, hexagonal perforations as well as many other decorative options.

Using multiple techniques enables us to create almost any shape and pattern including multiple die punching, single punch, CNC, laser cutting, plasma CNC and more.

Material thickness ranges from 28 gauge to 1″ thick plate in stainless steel, galvanized, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, and exotic nickel alloys such as the Monel® series.

Hole sizes range from .020″ to over 3-1/2″.


  • Perforating sheets, coils, and blanks
  • Shearing to exact sizes
  • Leveling to original flatness
  • Degreasing and deburring to a smooth, dry surface
  • Polishing
  • Slitting
  • Forming and bending
  • Notching corners
  • Adding bolt holes
  • Spot welding
  • Heat treating
  • Powder coating

Intended Applications for Perforated Metal

  • Railing Infill Panels
  • Strainers
  • Architectural Accents
  • Equipment & Machine Guards
  • Sterilizer Trays
  • Degradations Screens
  • Duct Liner
  • Security Screens
  • Interior / Exterior Signs
  • Grills
  • Acoustical Ceiling Panels
  • Diffusers
  • Guardrails
  • RFI/EMI Shielding
  • Conveyor Flights
  • Tobacco Screens
  • Dryer Flights
  • Speaker Grills
  • Filter Baskets
  • Sound Abatement
  • Peanut Screens
  • Lighting Accessories
  • Hammermill Screens
  • Vanity Screens
  • Pharmaceutical Trays

How to Order Perforated Metals

Quantity – Pieces of full sheets.

Gauge – Thickness in inches.

Size – Width and length.

Perforation size – Diameter of holes.

Perforations centers – Staggered, straight, or percentage of open area.

Hole shape – Round, square, or slotted.

Material – Stainless, cold rolled, hot rolled, aluminum, or special alloys.

Margins – Minimum side, no end, or custom margin requirements.

Argus Steel offers many ways to order perforated metal, depending on quantity price and lead time:

  • The quickest and often times the cheapest is to buy standard, stock size sheets: 3’ x 8’, 3’ x10’, 4 ’x 8’, and 4’ x 10’. We stock different gauges in different sizes, depending on demand and tool width, but the most common size for 20 gauges and heavier is 4’X 10’. We can usually ship a stock size sheet the same day as ordered if we receive the order before noon.
  • Drops or cut pieces offer you the ability to purchase your requirement in less than full sheets. If you need four square feet of 18 ga. Stainless to make a basket, strainer or filter, you do not have to buy a whole sheet. This saves you a lot of money in both material and shipping, because most of the time your order can be shipped by UPS rather than motor freight. Drops can also be shipped same day; if we have to cut a piece it may take 24 hours.
  • Custom perforating offers you the exact size and quantity you need for your job. There is usually a set up charge involved, but if there is any quantity this is the best way to buy perforated metal. The lead time for a custom size and perforation runs from five days to three weeks, depending on raw material and current backlog. If you have the time you will get the exact size you need without any additional shearing or scrap.
  • A blanket order offers you the ability of ordering a large quantity of your requirements – perhaps a six month supply – which we can release on demand.

Perforated Metal - How to Guidelines

Follow Our Specification Guidelines

  • Quantity
  • Gauge or Thickness
  • Size, Width & Length
  • Perforations & Centers
  • Hole Shape (Round, Square, Slot)
  • Type of Material (S/S , CRS, HRS, Alum, Plastic)
  • Special Borders or Margins
  • Secondary Operations = Bolt Holes, Forming, Painting, Notching, etc.

How to Order