Australia’s climate is frequently impacted by droughts, floods, strong winds, coastal salinity, fires and extremes of temperature. Stainless steel wire mesh can withstand harsh environmental conditions, and is an ideal material where a barrier or screen is required.
Here are several reasons to consider stainless steel wire mesh for your next project.
Weather and corrosion resistance
Stainless steel has very high durability and resistance to weathering, especially compared to materials prone to degradation, such as timber or plastic.
The material used in Jakob’s wire mesh systems is 316-grade stainless steel – often utilised in industrial projects due to its strong resistance to corrosion.
Longevity and durability
Stainless steel wire mesh offers one of the highest levels of durability when it comes to construction materials.
When used in outdoor projects, it is expected to last at least 25 years – which is why we provide a 25yrs warranty on our mesh barrier installations.
Stainless steel wire mesh is non-flammable
Stainless steel’s non-flammable nature can make it an ideal material for Australia’s fire-prone environment.
Stainless steel mesh has very low requirements when it comes to maintenance, and the need for ongoing cleaning is close to nil.
Eliminates the risks from climbing
When used for fall protection, stainless steel mesh of no more than 40mm aperture opening is virtually impossible to climb – making it great for protecting children (or adults).
Wire mesh can be great for use over roadways as it can prevent objects being thrown at passing cars, other vehicles or people.
An added benefit is that it is impossible for graffiti artists to use stainless steel wire mesh as a canvas!
Where stainless steel wire mesh is being utilised for barriers
Stainless steel mesh is used in many projects across Australia where fall protection and barrier systems are required. Here are some examples.
Tibby Cotter Bridge, Sydney
Stainless steel wire mesh was the material of choice for the screen on the Tibby Cotter Bridge – a shared pedestrian and cycle pathway in Sydney’s Moore Park.
As well as the benefits of non-climbability, weather resistance and so on, the barrier offers an elegance of design along with sufficient transparency to ensure views are maintained.
The barrier is sufficiently durable that NSW Roads and Maritime Services does a once-a-year inspection, and so far no maintenance action has been required. In fact, after seeing how well the mesh has performed, the agency has specified its use on all pedestrian bridges in NSW under its control.
Sails in the Desert, Yulara
Tensile is currently involved in the refurbishment of this popular hotel, which is situated near Uluru in Australia’s hot and dry red centre. The resort refurbishment focuses on a light and calming décor and an emphasis on panoramic views.
Tensile’s role in the hotel refurbishment is installation of steel mesh balustrades. The use of stainless steel mesh means that safety and fall protection are assured, the balustrades are strong enough to withstand the desert environment, and views are not impeded.
Need more information?
If you would like to know more about the use of stainless steel wire mesh for barriers, screens or balustrades, or you already have a project in mind, feel free to get in touch with our team for a discussion.