Cloth vs. Mesh

Though many people may be unaware or even confused, the terms wire cloth and wire mesh are synonymous in the industry to describe the same product. However, since there are thousands of combinations of metals, wire diameters, and openings to choose from this may become problematic at times. In response, we here at UWC, like to make the distinction between the two as we find it helpful when guiding our customers to make the proper selection for their project goals.

Wire Cloth has a smooth cloth-like consistency and is flexible. It incorporates thinner wire diameters and has very small to small micronic openings. As a result, this material is a perfect medium for screening and filtration applications.

We maintain an extensive inventory of Wire Cloth specifications available in a variety of metals and alloys. These are available in standard size rolls, and can also be fabricated into a number of items including partial rolls, sheets, pieces, discs, screens, etc.

Wire Mesh, on the other hand, is generally coarser and more rigid in nature. It is defined by thicker wire diameters and larger openings.  These attributes make it ideal for aggregate operations & security solutions.

As a matter of fact, we manufacture Wire Mesh right here at our Morrisville, Pa location. This material is available in Welded as well as numerous Woven varieties. Click here to learn more!

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Wire Cloth

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Comprehensive Inventory

Our comprehensive inventory of both wire cloth and wire mesh spans from a sizable 4” opening to an ultra-fine 635 cloth with everything in between. Encompassing nearly 30,000 sq. ft of our main headquarters in Morrisville, Pennsylvania we warehouse countless rack space of various superior metals and alloys in a wide range of mesh styles, mesh counts and openings. If you are looking for an item in Market Grade, Filter Grade, Mill Grade, Tensile Bolting Cloth, Space Cloth or something larger woven or welded we likely carry it or can source it for you!

Filter Grade wire cloth

Space Cloth Wire Mesh

Market Grade Wire Mesh


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Filtration & Separation
Food & Beverage
Insect & Critter Control

Wire Cloth FAQs

230 mesh can be used for a variety of sizing, sifiting and filteration applications. More specifically Type 316 stainless steel 230×230 wire mesh.0014″ diameter wire is a popular specifiction that falls within the Tensil Bolting Cloth grade. This group consists of plain weave stainless steel specs that have thinner wire diameters allowing for a higher open area percentage.