Tips for Choosing a Stainless Steel Mesh Fencing Material

Stainless steel mesh actually makes a very good fencing material for any application, whether that's for your commercial property borders or for use around a stairwell. The stainless steel is very durable and strong, yet very attractive and clean looking. If galvanized with a zinc or other similar coating, it also shouldn't rust or corrode over time. Note a few tips for choosing stainless steel mesh for fencing so you're happy with your choice for years to come.

1. Gauge

The gauge of any chain link used for fencing refers to its overall thickness, and oddly enough, the higher the gauge, the thinner the chain. When choosing stainless steel mesh, note the gauge of the material; a higher gauge will be easier to cut with snips, even though it's made of steel. A lower gauge, meaning thicker metal, will be stronger and more durable.

2. Mesh

Large mesh might provide a toehold for those who want to climb a fence, and rounded mesh may look very industrial. You might opt for small, square mesh for a more updated, modern design to your fence. Smaller mesh will also add more privacy as it's more difficult to see through a small mesh design.

That being said, note that smaller mesh for your fence also means that leaves, twigs, and even snow might pile up onto your fence rather than being allowed to blow through. Note if this might be a risk factor, given the location of the fence and your overall climate, when choosing a mesh size.

3. Wire

Stainless steel mesh is often made into wires that are looped to create fencing material, and this can often be a preferred choice for safety, such as for a fence barricade around a stairwell. The flexibility or "give" of the wiring can absorb some impact if a person were to fall against the fence itself, which might actually reduce their risk of injury. It can also keep the fencing material from suddenly pulling on the connectors, allowing it to stay in place more readily. Consider opting for a wire mesh rather than solid steel mesh when erecting fencing material around tall stairwells, either inside or outside a building.

 4. Powder coating

Powder coating adds a layer of color to a fence; for a less industrial look, consider having your fence powder coated black or green. Yellow might be more visible for your fence at night if you're putting up a fence around delivery areas that get trucks in after dark.