Reinforcing steel mesh is typically made of steel wire which is then welded together.
The mesh, when added to concrete gives it strength and support, which prevents it from cracking.
It’s very similar to the way regular reinforcing steel bar is used to add strength to concrete structures.
Steel mesh usually comes in precut sizes, but that isn’t always suitable, especially when you need a large number of sheets cut into various sizes.
In this case, the sheets can be cut and fabricated to fit the specific need before it arrives on site, which saves a lot of time trying to cut and bend mesh during construction.
The engineer specifies what kind of steel reinforcing is required, but the site team will then determine if it’s more economical to use custom mesh instead of standard steel mesh sheets.
Reinforcing Steel Mesh
Reinforcing steel mesh is a crucial element in concrete construction.
While it is impossible to prevent cracks in concrete all the time, with the addition of steel mesh, you can effectively control the appearances of cracks with a uniform steel distribution and added strength in the structure.
The ribs in the mesh hold on to the concrete to allow for proper bonding and prevent movement.
It is quicker and easier to install than reinforcing steel bar, being that it is prefabricated in large sheets.
This in turn translates into savings in time and money in construction projects.
The most common types of reinforcing mesh are:
- Square Mesh – Made from ribbed steel wire that is welded together, the square mesh spacings are equal in both directions. It is widely used in many modern concrete structures, bridges, highways, housing, etc.
- Rectangular Mesh – It has unequal wire spacings to form a rectangular shape. It is usually used to reinforce walls and floor slabs where the concrete needs more strength.
- Trench Mesh – Long and narrow and ideal for trenches, brick walls, paths, footings, etc.
- Ute Mesh – A special reinforcing steel mesh made in a smaller size of 4m x 2m. It is the choice of DIY builders and small contractors and is used in pavements, driveways, small slabs, etc.
Though reinforcing steel mesh comes in various sizes, it may not be viable when it comes to large scale construction projects with a specific requirement, or projects with unusually shaped structures.
For such requirements, builders often prefer having their steel prefabricated, cut and bent according to their measurements.
Since this doesn’t happen on-site, there is no disruption of work.
Once the production is complete, the mesh sheets are transported to the construction site, ready for site preparations.
Why Custom Mesh?
The manufacturing of custom mesh allows for the fabrication of any shape and size without halting onsite construction work.
The project can continue as planned with a majority of the steel fabrication happening off-site at your reinforcing steel supplier’s facilities.
Custom mesh is a reinforcing steel mesh that is cut to an engineer’s specifications and specific site requirements.
It’s cut and bent to shape off-site and then transported to the worksite which allows construction to proceed without being disrupted which creates faster, more cost effective building projects.