Friends may often hear wire mesh iron or iron netting? In this article we will discuss in more detail about wiremesh iron, its types and functions as a versatile building material.
What is Wire Mesh?
Wire Mesh is an iron net which is often used as reinforcement to strengthen concrete. Wire Mesh is a series of plain round iron woven in two opposite directions (vertically and horizontally) to form a mesh plane or square mesh where each meeting point is joined using a welding. Wire Mesh is often also called woven iron which is made using an automatic welding machine. With a welding system that is carried out in the factory, wire mesh has a precise size of webbing and is practical to use.
What are the functions of Wire Mesh?
Wiremesh is basically made as a pre-printed building material to replace any hand-made iron matting. The goal is to be more practical and faster construction work. Here are some of the functions and uses of wire mesh.
On site concrete reinforcement – wire mesh is often also used as concrete reinforcement that is printed manually such as floor plates for multi-storey buildings or bridges because it is practical and easy to install.
Precast concrete reinforcements – the first function of wire mesh is to become precast concrete reinforcement such as concrete roof cover, leak culvert etc.
Ground concrete reinforcements – wiremesh can also be used for concrete reinforcement that is placed on the ground such as rebate concrete or toll roads that also use concrete
Hanging concrete reinforcement – wire mesh is also used for hanging concrete reinforcement such as building decoration or drainage
iron mesh installation – wire mesh can also be used to make various iron installations such as pot hanger for vertical garden, vines, cage or fence filler
Wire Mesh Iron Type and Wire Mesh Size
Wire Mesh is produced in various types and sizes. We can divide the types of wire mesh based on many things, for example, the size of the iron diameter, the iron material used, the form of iron, the form of wire mesh, etc. The following is an explanation of the types of wire mesh sold in building shops.
The types of wire mesh are seen from the constituent iron
When viewed based on the iron used to make wire mesh, there are several types of wire mesh that we can find in building shops.
Regular iron wire mesh – wire mesh made with ordinary iron (standard finishing) is usually used for reinforcing concrete and has poor durability if stored for too long.
Galvanized wire mesh – wire mesh made with iron that has been galvanized so that it is more resistant to rust and is considered stronger than ordinary iron
The types of wire mesh are seen from their shape
The shape of wire mesh iron is not always mesh with square holes, there are also parallelograms and rectangles. However, the concrete reinforcement used is usually the type of wire mesh which has the same distance (square) and this distance must also be in accordance with the structural calculations being carried out.
The types of wire mesh are seen from the way of packaging
There are two ways of packing wire mesh iron that we can see in building shops, namely wire mesh sheets and wire mesh rolls. Check out the difference between the two below.
Wire Mesh sheet – sheet wire sheet is usually iron with a diameter large enough to make it impossible to roll. One wire mesh sheet has a size of 5.4mx 2.1 m, but there are also manufacturers who make different sizes so you should check first
Wire Mesh rolls (roll) – wire mesh rolls are usually made with smaller, more flexible iron so they can be rolled. Wire Mesh roll is usually used for fence or netting for animal cages
Type of wire mesh based on iron profile
When viewed from the iron profile used to make wire mesh, we will recognize two types of wire mesh, namely plain iron wire mesh and threaded iron wire mesh.
Plain iron wire mesh – made using regular round iron and has a lower price.
Threaded iron wire mesh – made using screw iron (spiral strokes) which are believed to be better used for concrete reinforcement because the threads on the iron can help grip the concrete tighter so that the quality of the concrete is stronger.
Wire Mesh installation
Wire Mesh installation for concrete reinforcement can be done by tying it with wire before casting. Wire Mesh can also be welded with other iron if needed. Installing wire mesh iron for reinforcing concrete floor slabs is much more practical and faster than making reinforcement manually with bars. Therefore, in a large-scale project, wire mesh iron is needed.
The advantages of using wire mesh iron for concrete reinforcement
Practical – wire mesh iron is more practical to use than making rebar with iron manually which will definitely take longer.
Precision – wire mesh irons are typically machine welded to give a more precise shape with less errors. This is important for making the concrete strong and evenly distributed the reinforcement.
Quick to Do – using wire mesh iron to reinforce floor slabs is much more practical than making reinforcement manually, especially for large-scale projects that require large floor slabs.
Cheap– If the total cost is calculated including the total processing time, it will certainly be cheaper. There is no need to spend the cost of paying for a manual reinforcing barman which may cost more
Disadvantages of using wire mesh iron for concrete reinforcement
Transportation – wiremesh iron needs to be transported using suitable means, especially for making floor slabs above. Of course, wire mesh iron will be much heavier than bars that can be transported individually.
Lack of flexibility – wire mesh iron is molded in such a way that unusual floor shapes still need to be reinforced manually.
Suppliers – the strength and quality of wire mesh irons really depends on the suppliers who make them and how they store them so they don’t rust.
Thus about wiremesh iron, its uses, functions and types. Hopefully this is useful and can add insight to all friends.