Factors to Consider When Selecting Wire Mesh for Your Project
Stainless steel wire mesh is so versatile that many homeowners use it during home improvement projects, such as reinforcing concrete slabs and using it as an animal barrier. This article discusses some of the key considerations that you should have in mind when selecting stainless steel wire mesh for your project
Manufacturers of stainless steel wire mesh avail it in a variety of gauges so that buyers select the most appropriate kind for their needs. Gauge refers to how thick the wires used to make the mesh are. Thicker wires tend to support more weight when compared to thinner wires. Usually, smaller numbers denote a thicker wire. For instance, gauge-5 wire is likely to be thicker than gauge-7 wire. However, you should confirm that this general rule applies to the specific brand of stainless steel wire by reading the product information given to you. Buy a mesh with a bigger gauge in case you want that mesh to last for a long time.
Thread count refers to how many wire threads are in a square inch of that mesh. Wire mesh with more threads in each square inch leaves less space when compared to wire mesh with fewer threads in each square. Your project needs should influence the thread count that you select. For instance, you should pick a stainless steel wire mesh with many threads in each square inch if you would like to use that mesh as a termite barrier for the foundation of your home. Conversely, you should select a mesh with fewer threads in each square inch in case you want to use that mesh as temporary fencing around a jobsite.
Flat or Rolled
Stainless steel wire mesh can be bought as flat sheets or as rolls. Each variety has its own pros and cons. For instance, flat sheets are ideal for small projects, such as when you are making a slab to cover your septic tank. This is because you will cut costs by buying just the quantity that you need for your project. Flat sheets are also less demanding during a project because you won't use a lot of energy to stretch or apply tension on them during the installation. However, the rigidity of those flat mesh sheets makes them unsuitable for projects where the mesh has to be installed on irregularly shaped structures, such as pillars. Consider your installation needs and select what will address those needs.
Talk to stainless steel wire mesh suppliers for additional advice on how you can get the best from your mesh, such as advice on what kind of support to anchor the mesh onto during your project.