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How to Choose the Right Mesh for Residential Fencing

Mesh fencing can be a good choice for any residential property, as tight mesh doesn't offer much of a toehold for someone who wants to climb the fence, and it is also harder for someone to cut with bolt cutters or another snipping tool. Mesh fencing is also good for erecting around shrubbery or vegetation that may need some added support, as it still allows light and air to pass through the mesh and feed the vegetation. Because there are so many different types of mesh fencing available, you might note some differences between them so you can make the right choice for your home.


The fabric of a mesh fence refers to the material; you can usually choose between metal, nylon, or plastic. Nylon and plastic may actually be more durable than metal, as these materials are very difficult to cut through and won't rust or corrode. Plastic and nylon may also be healthier for vegetation and shrubbery, as they won't hold any corrosion or rust next to that vegetation's surface.

However, plastic and nylon may also have an artificial look and feel that isn't as attractive as natural metal. Additionally, metal may be more rigid, so it will be stronger against high winds and strong storms, whereas a lightweight plastic may tend to sway in heavy winds. Note your typical climate and choose a fence that will withstand inclement weather.

Size of mesh

The size of mesh you choose will depend on the purpose of the fence. If you need a fence for privacy and security, choose a very small mesh that cuts off the view of your property and which doesn't provide a toehold for climbers, as mentioned. Mesh that you add around a brush fence should also be very dense so as to hold that brush in place and not allow it to poke through. Very small mesh will also make the fence more rigid, so this is the best choice for holding up sagging shrubbery. Smaller mesh will also mean less chance of wildlife or the family dogs chewing at vegetation or brush on the other side of the fence.

If vegetation on your property only needs slight support, choose a larger mesh for more sunlight and air circulation and to ensure the fence doesn't actually choke that vegetation and stifle its growth. This is also important if you want vegetation to grow through that mesh, such as for flowering bushes or climbing vines; choose a mesh size that can easily accommodate the offshoots of the shrubbery or bushes.

Contact mesh suppliers in your area for more information.