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 metal fabric suppliers, Marco Specialty Steel is proud to offer an extensive selection of premium woven and welded wire mesh products for any application. No matter what material grade you are looking for; 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 Wire Cloth
Market-grade is a woven wire mesh product that features 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. We have a wide variety of market grade mesh. See stock list
Space Cloth Wire Mesh
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. Our wire mesh inventory includes a wide variety of space cloth. See stock list
Refinery-Grade Wire Mesh
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.
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, building and construction applications, pest control solutions and more. See stock list
Mill-Grade Wire Cloth
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 — 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. See stock list
Wire 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. See stock list
Bolting Wire Cloth
Stainless steel bolting wire cloth is super-strong mesh material featuring thin, smooth, flexible, resilient wires precisely woven group of meshes that provide enhanced screening capabilities and faster bolting action. 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 and is a popular choice for sifting and screening applications. See stock list
Architectural Wire Cloth
Architectural wire mesh is a good source for design professionals and architects. It is functional and has an aesthetic appeal that designers appreciate. We have a ton of beautiful wire, created specifically for architectural uses which are considered architectural wire. And sometimes our clients use standard, market grade wire in their buildings or schools. See stock list
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.
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.