The Differences Between Types Of Fabric Reinforcement Mesh
There are several options available, from structural to wrapping mesh. So, if you want to find out what the differences are, read on.
Fabric reinforcement mesh is metallic wires that are weaved together. It is used to boost the strength of construction, including walls.
Square mesh is created when the wires are arranged where the long diagonal is similar to the short diagonal.
Wire size can vary from 6mm to 10mm, covering up to 393 square mm for both longitudinal and transverse bars.
Structural reinforcement mesh differs in that it is specifically used for structural applications. Instead of being square, it has longer longitudinal wires compared with cross wires.
This means the pitch size is smaller than with the square mesh. The surface area is also larger, measuring up to 1,131 square mm for a structural mesh with 12mm wire size.
Long mesh is a particularly popular choice on house foundations, while it can also be used for paths, driveways, and ground beams.
Its pitch size is 100mm, which is smaller than the square mesh but the same as the structural mesh. However, its surface area goes up to 785 square mm for 10mm wires.
Wrapping mesh is often used for reinforcing screed floors, as it is good at preventing cracks in the flooring and reduces the risk of shrinkage, which screed is known for.
If the screed shrinks, it can crack during the drying process. So having reinforcement to protect it from changing size is very important.
Its wire size is much smaller, at 2.5mm or 5mm, and, therefore, it only goes up to 98 square mm.