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What is Mesh Fencing & How to Install It?

03 August 2022Appears in Products
What is Mesh Fencing & How to Install It?
Mesh fencing is a reliable but stylish solution, offering the perfect combination of high security and high visibility. Read our latest blog going through our types of mesh fencing, and how to install it.

Mesh fencing is one of our most popular products to date. It not only has a stylish design, but it’s also an extremely reliable security fencing solution.

So, in this blog we’re going to cover:

  • What is Mesh Fencing?
  • Types of Mesh Fencing
  • Mesh Fencing Applications
  • How to Install Mesh Fencing?

What is Mesh Fencing?

Mesh fencing is considered to be a commonly used security fencing system. It’s made to be durable and secure, as well as to maintain an aesthetically pleasing design. Whilst not compromising on visibility – making it secure and easy to overlook through CCTV cameras.

The fencing is made from high-quality steel. Which has a galvanised zinc coating to prevent weather damage & rusting. It can also be coated in custom colours upon request.

Types of Mesh Fencing

The First Fence mesh range includes 5 primary types of fencing. In this section, we’re going to explain the difference between them.

V Mesh Fencing

V mesh security fencing stands apart due to its ‘V’ shapes that are part of the panels. The unique design makes the fencing more durable, increases stability, and makes it significantly harder to climb.

Not only does V mesh fencing possess high levels of strength and longevity, but it’s also designed for permanent installation. Meaning that it’s a cost-effective solution.

Additionally, due to its see-through design, it tends to be used in areas where security & visibility is a requirement. Not to mention that it’s made from high-quality galvanized steel, with zinc coating. Which protects the fencing from weather & rust.

V mesh is available in different heights from 1.2m to 3.0m. And each kit comes with:

  • 1 x mesh fencing post (either dig in or bolt down)
  • 1 x mesh fencing panel
  • 1 x mesh fencing ribbed insert
  • 6 x M8 x 40mm Bolts
  • 6 x Mesh fencing clips

Twin Mesh Fencing

Twin mesh fencing's main purpose is to resist attacks and vandalism. It offers high levels of security as well as leaving a clear line of sight – making it easy to observe the secure area. It’s also made out of pre-galvanised and powder-coated steel.

There are two main types of twin mesh fencing:

  • 656 Mesh – it consists of 5mm diameter vertical wires, which are secured between two twin 6mm diameter horizontal wires. Which run parallel to each other.
  • 868 Mesh – it’s made of 6mm vertical steel wires, which run in between two 8mm horizontal wires. Due to the larger diameters, the wires appear thicker and become extremely hard to cut through, without specialised tools.

Twin mesh fencing is perfect to use in areas that require a long-lasting security fencing system. For example, commercial buildings and industrial sites.

Prison Mesh Fencing

Prison mesh fencing, otherwise known as 358 mesh fencing, is a high-strength security fencing option. It’s probably the most comprehensive system on the market today. Not only does it have an anti-climb design, but it also doesn’t compromise visibility. So, using CCTV cameras is still a viable option.

The panels are made from horizontal and vertical mesh wires that are positioned close to each other. Making it almost impossible to fit fingers through, nevertheless, climb. It also can’t be cut without specialised equipment.

Prison mesh is a perfect solution for areas that require high levels of security & visibility. For example, prisons.

It can also be installed on both soft and hard ground, depending on your situation. Moreover, the fencing is sold with a polyester powder-coated finish, which gives the fencing a more aesthetically pleasing look as well as protection from weather and corrosion.

Safe Top Mesh Fencing

Safe top mesh fencing is best suited for low to medium levels of security. Considering its ‘rolled down’ top design – it has no sharp points or edges. Making it a safer fencing option, especially for places where children or members of the public will visit like playgrounds or parks.

The mesh wires are 5mm in diameter and are hard to cut without specialised cutting equipment. Due to the way the wires are positioned, the panels are strong and can withstand impact. It’s also climb resistant, as the gaps between wires are too narrow to gain a foothold.

868 Rebound Mesh Fencing

868 rebound mesh fencing is unique, as it was specifically designed for multiple-use games areas (MUGAs). It possesses high rebound properties, which means that it can withstand consistent impacts from a ball and deflect it back into play.

The lower area of the panel is reinforced with additional wires. Which in turn has high shock absorption and rebound properties. Since this area of the fence gets the most impact from games.

The fencing can come in a clipped or clamp bar fixing format. And is available in various heights (up to 6m).

What are Mesh Fencing Applications?

Mesh fencing has a variety of applications. Considering that there are different types of mesh fencing, each tends to be used in different scenarios.

Most commonly, mesh fencing is used to secure industrial sites, sports stadiums, schools, commercial buildings, and airports.

Whilst something like prison mesh fencing, as hinted in the name, is often used in prisons or high-security areas.

On the other hand, safe top mesh fencing tends to be used in low to medium security areas. Since it provides high visibility and doesn’t have any sharp points or edges – perfect for playgrounds where kids are going to be playing.

Additionally, 868 rebound mesh fencing tends to be used in multiple-use games areas (MUGAs). Due to its possession of high rebound properties, it’s perfect for areas where games are played with a ball.

V mesh and twin mesh fencing are usually used in properties with higher security requirements. Like commercial buildings and industrial sites.

How to Install Mesh Fencing?

Here are 4-step instructions on installing mesh fencing. Additionally, we’ve prepared a PDF installation guide.

Step 1: Install the Posts

There are two primary ways of installing fencing posts:

  • Dig-in Posts - Dig the foundation holes 500mm deep and 350 x 450mm wide for the posts. Ensure the holes are spaced a bay width apart. Now the posts can be set into the foundation holes.
  • Bolt Down Posts - Fix your Bolt Down Posts to the ground using the appropriate Through Bolts. Please note that the installer is responsible for choosing the right type of Through Bolts for Bolt Down Posts.

Step 2: Install the Mesh Panels

Place the mesh panel in front of the secured post and prepare the mesh clips for installation.

Step 3: Secure the Fencing

The clips are secured onto the fencing using the specialist bolt and Torque Screw.

Step 4: Final Checks

Check that all the bolts are correctly tightened. Your Mesh Fencing is now ready.

Final Thoughts

Mesh fencing is an excellent security solution. Perfect for areas that require a combination of high security and high visibility.

Due to its unique design, most mesh fencing types are climbing resistant & extremely durable.

Although, be careful when choosing which type of mesh fencing to order. Considering that applications for each type of mesh can vary significantly. For instance, rebound mesh is ideal for MUGAs, whilst twin mesh is more suited for commercial/industrial sites.

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