Maybe you’ve only encountered architectural woven wire mesh in a banging screen door. Or perhaps, like many others, you’ve noticed the increasing use of woven wire meshes, screens and perforated metal panels in architectural designs of all types.
The uses of woven wire mesh are myriad. One of its most traditional uses is as an essential screening and filtration product in a variety of industries — food preparation and processing, water treatment, chemical production, plastics, paints, aviation, and automotive, among others. But increasingly architects are using woven wire mesh as a visual design element with its own particular appeal and benefits. Those benefits include: as a safety or security barrier; as a solar shading device; as an enclosing material that permits the passage of breezes, daylight and sound; as a decorative finish conducive to dramatic lighting and visual effects; and as a surface appearing semi-solid, or transitional over time. Wire mesh applications can be used as building façades, as ceilings, as in-fill panels; as decorative overlay surfaces; as wall cladding; as sun shades; as partitions; as guard rails; as view screens around equipment or service areas; as signage or sign backing. The range of applications is limited only by the designer’s imagination.
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