Wire mesh is a very popular option among agricultural field owners and gardeners for its adaptability, available options, and relatively low cost. The wire mesh fences are supported mainly by tension, being stretched between heavy strutted or guy-wired posts at ends, corners, and ideally at intervals in longer stretches. The application of wire mesh is majorly in fencing, poultry cages, machine guards, tree guards, motor guards, kitchen baskets and enclosures.
In fencing, wire mesh is commonly used for livestock enclosures for goats or pigs, or fence out unwanted wildlife. It is also used to define a farm’s property line or to create a home garden. Pet owners, livestock farmers or poultry owners have been successful in utilizing mesh to create cages and enclosures for birds, dogs, turtles, chickens, rabbits.
You will get numerous metal and alloy options to choose the material of the wire mesh. We, at Systematic, recommend our heavy coating Galvanized wire as the best material for wire mesh for fencing purposes. Galvanized wire is not some kind of metal or alloy; it is a process in which a protective zinc coating is applied to steel to prevent rusting. Galvanized welded wire mesh is in high demand due to its economical price and general availability in 100-foot rolls. Galvanized welded wire mesh is a preferred option when acres of the property need to be enclosed.
In the wire mesh industry, however, it is often treated as a separate category because of its widespread use.
Some advantages of Systematic’s Galvanized steel wire:
> Lower cost than stainless steel > Less and relatively low-cost maintenance > Long life expectancy > Coating life and performance are reliable > High resistance to mechanical damage > Protection to small areas of steel exposed through damage > No other coating can provide the same protection
The fencing wires are prone to sagging which raises the risk of entanglement or escape, therefore, the wire must be tensioned as much as the material will safely allow during construction by various means, including a hand-operated “wire stretcher” or other leverage devices or even by carefully pulling with a tractor or other vehicle.
Wire mesh gives various options when it comes to opening size and diameter wire. Depending upon the specific fencing or caging application, both woven and welded wire mesh can be configured to achieve the desired opening size.
For instance, small nuisances, like groundhogs, will require a smaller opening size and thinner diameter wire as opposed to a horse, which will likely require a larger opening size with a much larger diameter wire. For this reason, it is critical to know what you are seeking to cage in or keep out so that you can decide upon the appropriate mesh opening size and diameter wire.
Wire fences are typically fixed and run on wooden posts or steel T-posts, star posts are used, usually alternating every 2 to 5 steel posts with a more stable wood post. The non-electrified wire is attached to wooden posts using fencing staples (for intermediate posts, these are fitted loosely, not gripping the wire).
The non-electrified wire is held on T-posts using wire “clips” made of smooth galvanized wire that wraps around the back of the post and hooks onto the wire on either side of the post.
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