Wire Cloth

Marco Wire Cloth Wire Cloth Products

Wire cloth, also known as wire mesh or wire fabric, is renowned for its remarkable versatility. The distinguishing characteristic of wire mesh is the matrix of wires that are arranged at 90-degree angles. Wire cloth products can be made from virtually any type of metal, including stainless steel, copper, aluminum, nickel, molybdenum and many others. Marco stocks a wide variety of wire mesh products that work well for applications ranging from catalyst support grids to architectural infill panels; wire mesh is so versatile, it has virtually unlimited applications.

Woven Wire
Woven Wire
Welded Wire
Welded Wire

Woven vs. Welded Wire Mesh Products

The two most common types of wire mesh used in manufacturing include woven and welded. Woven wire mesh is more difficult to produce, as it requires a careful arrangement of the wires in an interlocking pattern and the use of a weaving loom ram to crimp them into place. This results in a higher quality — and somewhat more expensive — wire cloth product. Welded wire mesh products consist of a series of parallel wires that are welded together at the point of intersection. Welded wire offers added strength and versatility — it can easily be formed in various shapes via cutting or bending without causing the wires to separate. You can view all of our crimp and weave styles in our documents & specs section.

Marco Specialty Steel: The Top Wire Mesh Supplier in Houston, TX and Beyond

As one of the leading industrial wire cloth suppliers, Marco Specialty Steel is proud to offer an extensive selection of premium woven and welded wire mesh products for any application. Whether you desire copper, aluminum, nickel or stainless steel wire mesh, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in our stock inventory. Our product lineup includes:

Market-Grade

Market-grade is a woven wire mesh product featuring a wide range of commonly-used diameter and mesh wire combinations. Wire mesh cloth manufacturers can use various types of metals to create market-grade mesh products in a large assortment of openings per linear inch. Examples of typical wire-grade cloth applications include filtration and separation, food processing and preparation, building and construction, and heat treating. Read more…

Space Cloth

Space cloth is amenable to both woven and welded wire mesh manufacturing/fabrication processes. Space cloth features larger openings that are well-suited for screening sand, gravel and similar materials. Space cloth gets its name from the specified space between wire strands that characterizes its design and construction. We offer space cloth products in a wide range of open area percentages to meet your screening, sifting or filtering requirements. Read more…

Refinery-Grade

Specifically designed for the petroleum industry, woven and welded refinery-grade mesh can meet the stringent requirements of oil, natural gas and sugar refineries where reliable performance is an absolute necessity. Examples of products that can benefit from refinery-grade mesh include pipe fittings, manway covers and catalyst support grids. Key refinery-grade mesh characteristics include a rigid, flat design and a continuous slot construction that minimizes the risk of plugging. Read more…

Galvanized Hardware Cloth

Welded or woven galvanized hardware cloth is manufactured with a hot-dip galvanization process that applies a corrosion-resistant zinc coating. This makes galvanized hardware cloth a great choice for outdoor applications to minimize damage from exposure to moisture and other elements. This light gauge product is frequently used for outdoor fencing, various building and construction applications, pest control solutions and more. Read more…

Mill-Grade

Mill-grade wire cloth is essentially a lightweight version of market-grade cloth. Typically made from stainless steel — although aluminum, brass and copper are often used as well — mill-grade cloth features thinner, lighter wire diameters and a reduced amount of open area. Common mill-grade applications include flour sifting and milling, seed and feed sifting and other screening processes involving lighter materials. Read more…

Filter Cloth

Filter cloth is a woven wire mesh product known for its remarkable durability. Filter cloth consists of a strong, heavy warp wire that is ideally suited for demanding screening and filtering applications. It’s also an excellent choice for separating slurry and liquid materials. Marco offers filter cloth in numerous weave styles including Plain Dutch, Twilled Dutch and Reverse Plain Dutch. Read more…

Bolting Wire Cloth

Stainless steel bolting wire cloth is super-strong mesh material featuring smooth, resilient wires that provide enhanced screening capabilities and faster bolting action. Key bolting wire cloth characteristics include a square weave pattern, a smooth flat surface and a thin structure. The stainless steel material provides excellent protection against corrosion.

Bolting wire cloth is a popular choice for sifting and screening applications in industries such as Aerospace, Mining, Chemical Manufacturing, Electronics and Paper Manufacturing. Read more…

Other Considerations When Choosing Wire Cloth Products

In addition to the choice of woven or welded wire mesh, other factors to consider when choosing wire cloth products include:

  • Mesh size: Mesh size indicates the diameter of the openings in the mesh, which affects its ability to screen the materials that pass through it. The mesh size can range from a few microns to several inches in diameter. See our Wire Diameter Tables here.
  • Mesh count: The mesh count is the number of wires found within one linear inch. The higher the mesh count, the smaller the openings in the mesh will be.
  • Weave type: If you choose woven wire cloth, you will need to determine the appropriate weave type, as this will also have an impact on filtering ability. The weave type is a function of the pattern of the warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) wire. The warp and weave wires can feature the same or differing diameters, depending on the application.

If you’re not sure what some of these terms mean, refer to our convenient wire cloth definitions glossary for clarification.

When measuring wire cloth, it is important to understand the difference between “mesh” and “opening”:

Mesh: Mesh indicates the number of openings per lineal inch. To calculate mesh, measure from the center of a wire to a point 1” distant, and count the number of openings. The diagram below shows four openings in 1″, which indicates a 4 mesh wire. Mesh may also be expressed in inches. For example, a measurement of 1/4” from center to center is a 1/4” mesh.

Opening: The opening is the measurement of the clear open space between the parallel wires. When this measurement is used its called space cloth that is pre-crimped woven wire.

Wire Mesh, Center to Cente
Mesh, Center to Center Measurement
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Opening Measurement

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Marco Specialty Steel: The Best Choice in Wire Mesh Suppliers

Marco offers a wide assortment of high-quality woven and welded wire mesh products, as well as related products such as space cloth and filter cloth. In addition to our stock offerings, we can provide custom wire cloth products for your specific applications. We also include a wide variety of value-added wire cloth services such as calendaring, shearing, slitting, bending and many others. Use our gallery for any wire cloth accessories you may require to complete your project.

We Make Customer Service Our Top Priority

In addition to our superior products and extensive customization capabilities, what makes Marco Specialty Steel one of the leading wire cloth suppliers in Houston, TX and beyond is our focus on providing the best possible service to our customers. We’re known throughout the industry for fast turnaround times that help our customers maintain their tight production schedules, as well as our detail-oriented business approach.

Contact us today to learn more about our complete selection of wire cloth products and services and how they can benefit your manufacturing operation. We’ll also be happy to provide a no-obligation quote.

Learn how Marco Specialty Steel can be of service! Follow our guide on how to order wire cloth products and specify custom fabrication.

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