Wire Mesh: The Basics

Wire Mesh

Wire mesh (also commonly referred to as wire cloth or wire fabric) is a metal material that has countless applications across various industries. From fencing to ventilation, it seems like it can do it all. But what exactly is wire mesh? Read on to find out more.

What is Wire Mesh?

Wire mesh is essentially a type of screen of intersecting metal wires, which form a grid of uniform openings. Grid squares or rectangles can come in a wide range of sizes, depending on the wire diameter for the desired application. Wire mesh is extremely versatile and durable, making it ideal for countless uses in numerous industries. 

How is Wire Mesh Made?

Wire mesh is available in two main constructions:

  • Welded Wire Mesh is constructed with a series of straightened wires stacked across each other forming a grid. An industrial welding machine fuses each intersection creating the exact opening required.
  • Woven Wire Mesh employs industrial looms similar to those used with fabrics and may come in a variety of weaves and crimp types. This construction has wires that pass over & under each other forming a pattern.

Woven and welded mesh is available in various specifications, making them versatile for large and small projects.

Types of Woven Wire Mesh

There are several weave styles of woven wire mesh. These include:

  • Plain Weave
  • Intercrimp Weave
  • Lock Crimp Weave
  • Flat Top Weave

And some finer materials use:

  • Plain Dutch
  • Twill Dutch
  • Reverse Dutch
  • Twill Weave

A variety of metals are available to weave wire mesh. Depending on your desired application, one weave type may be more suitable than the other. A Lock Crimp weave consists of wires that are joined tightly to produce a sturdy piece of wire mesh. An intercrimp weave is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The standard plain weave is typically the most common, finer material perfect for sizing & separation.

What is Wire Mesh Used For?

Wire mesh has a huge range of applications, though its most common uses are generally in wire cloth screens, filtration devices, and railing and fencing. The material is prevalent in countless industries, some of which include:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Textiles
  • Plastics
  • Architectural
  • Mining
  • Automotive
  • Pharmaceuticals

Everything from animal facilities to filters in wastewater treatment plants can use wire mesh. Thanks to its extreme durability, it is a great material for windows and stairwells as a security measure. Grills, fireplace screens and concrete reinforcement are other everyday uses of wire mesh. 

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