cheesed metals

Swamp-landia

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NYC
Mandarin; Shanghainese
There's a line from Swamplandia by Karren Russell,

The next thing I knew light was pouring through all the holes in Stiltsville: dawn light screaming through the doorways that hung on their hinges, the broken windows that birds could fly through, the plank lace, the cheesed metals.

How can I understant 'cheesed metals' here in the quote? Thank anybody who can help.
 
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    What comes to my mind is metal so rusted or corroded that holes have formed like the holes in Swiss cheese.
     
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