Wire mesh can be found all over Pennsylvania, including places that you might never suspect. Wire mesh, also called wire cloth, is used for many purposes and comes in many varieties.
What is wire mesh?
Wire mesh is basically metal screen material, but much thicker than window screen. It usually has square or rectangular holes that range in sizes from 1/4 to 1/2 inches square. It can be made of many materials, such as steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper. Different materials are required for different uses.
How is wire mesh used?
Wire mesh is used extensively in construction. It is an excellent reinforcing material for masonry work such as stucco, the swirled coating found on exterior walls of homes. Wire mesh is first placed on the wall where the stucco is to be applied. A layer of mortar mix is then applied to the wire mesh. The holes in the mesh hold the mortar in place until it dries. It is also used as a reinforcing agent in other masonry work.
Wire mesh is also used to keep birds, rats, and other pests out of commercial buildings and homes. Wire mesh is used to block off ductwork and drain pipes that protrude from buildings. This helps to prevent animals from nesting or entering buildings to seek shelter. It can also be used for the same purpose to protect garden plants from animals. Wire mesh can be seen encircling young trees that are vulnerable to deer.
It can also be used to block rodent holes in the walls of a home because it cannot be destroyed by chewing as a wooden barrier. Attic vents can be blocked with wire mesh to keep birds and bats out, with no loss of ventilation.
Perhaps the most unsuspecting place that wire mesh is used is in the human body. Special wire mesh made of polypropylene (a type of plastic) is used to hold hernias in place after surgery. Hernias are caused by an organ pushing through a weak spot in the muscle that supports it. Once the organ is put back into place, wire mesh screen is added to support the muscle while it heals. Because wire mesh is both flexible and thin, yet strong and durable, it is the best material for the job.
There are also decorative varieties of wire mesh that both offer protection and beauty in a perfect blend of form and function. Talk to your local wire mesh experts, such as Hanover Concrete Company, for more information.