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What is Wire Mesh?

Wire Mesh is one of the Specialty Metals offered by McNICHOLS®. It has many uses and can be found across numerous industries. Keep reading to learn more.

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Wire Mesh is a common material found across a large number of different industries. It’s also something that people may use for personal hobbies or home improvement.

However, everybody may not have a strong understanding of what Wire Mesh is or the potential applications it can have.

We’ve created a brief guide with some of the more important details that you need to know about. Keep reading to discover how Wire Mesh can be implemented into your next project.

What Is It?

Also referred to as wire fabric, wire cloth or hardware mesh, Wire Mesh is a material that has a wide variety of uses. As the name suggests, it’s created out of wire that is woven or welded into a screen-like product.

Woven Wire Mesh is more flexible, easier to shape and is available in smaller openings. Welded Wire Mesh provides a flatter, cleaner appearance that maintains its shape and integrity when cut.

Woven Wire Mesh used as cabinet inserts
Woven Wire Mesh used as cabinet inserts

The size and numbers of the openings will often dictate their intended and applicable uses. Wire Mesh with smaller openings can be used in filtration or mining settings to ensure only the smallest substances, such as water or fine minerals, pass through the metal. Wire Mesh with larger openings can be used in infill panels for railings to allow light and air to pass through, while also providing safety.

As you might guess, it’s a common sight to behold in many different industries. These include the machining, mining, security, and automotive spaces just to name a few!

How Is Wire Mesh Made?

The way Wire Mesh is made is dependent on whether it is Woven Wire Mesh or Welded Wire Mesh. Woven Wire Mesh is made by weaving strands of metal wire over and under each other. Welded Wire Mesh is made by welding the strands of metal at points of intersection. The end result is a screen that has either rectangular or square gaps between the wires. It should also be pointed out that decorative Wire Mesh is also available and can have more intricate woven patterns, producing openings in a variety of shapes and total open area.

Popular material types for Wire Mesh include Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Galvanized Steel and Aluminum. You can also find a wide range of non-ferrous and other specialty metals in the Wire Mesh construction type.

The type of material used will depend on the desired application for the mesh.

Wire Mesh display in a McNICHOLS® showroom
Wire Mesh display in a McNICHOLS® showroom

Common Applications for Wire Mesh

As previously mentioned, there’s a large number of different applications for Wire Mesh. In most cases, it can prove to be one of the most integral parts of a particular project.

Let’s explore some of the most notable uses.

Infill Panels

Infill panels are non-load-bearing walls or dividers used to create railings, risers, fencing, cabinets, partitions, and more. They create a modern and sophisticated look and bring functionality to any project.

Infill panels typically act as a barrier of some sort that allows light and air to pass through, which offers security without completely blocking sight or sound.

The benefits that Wire Mesh has over other railing alternatives or materials is that it is lightweight and easy to handle during installation. Due to the extensive selection of mesh and opening sizes, wire diameters, patterns, and materials, Wire Mesh offers a superior set of qualities for a variety of construction, manufacturing, or design projects.

Welded Wire Mesh being used to create a safety gate
Welded Wire Mesh being used to create a safety gate


It should come as no surprise that Wire Mesh is a versatile material in a wide array of signage applications. Above offering plenty of utility, it can also help increase aesthetic appeal.

For instance, it's possible to create an entire sign solely out of Wire Mesh.

Or, this material could be incorporated in alternative ways, such as being used to enclose the sign itself. Regardless of how Wire Mesh is used within signs, it serves as an eye-catching and unique way to convey a message through signage.


Windows and doors are also common structures that incorporate Wire Mesh. In this context, Wire Mesh often serves as an additional security measure. This function is similar to metal bars over these structures without giving off such an industrial appearance.

Another usage of wire mesh is to replace screens, oftentimes made from plastic. As long as the openings are relatively small, it creates an appearance similar to that of a common screen that you would find on a door or window. As you might assume, this is a great option for keeping unwanted pests out of your home during the warmer months of the year.

Wire Mesh Has Plenty of Useful Applications

The guide above will help ensure that you understand a little more about Wire Mesh and how it is used. Be on the lookout for our more extensive dive into Wire Mesh through our official Wire Mesh Guide coming soon!

To see what McNICHOLS® Wire Mesh can bring to your next project, we invite you to visit our main website. We carry a wide variety of Hole Products to meet your metal needs, from Perforated and Expanded Metals to Wire Mesh, Bar Grating, Plank Grating and Fiberglass Grating. If you would like more information, our Customer Service Specialists are ready and eager to serve you at 855.318.8791, sales@mcnichols.com, or via Live Chat!

What is Wire Mesh?
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