Anvil Expanded & Perforated Mesh Systems
Expanded & perforated mesh
Expanded and perforated mesh screens are extremely versatile and ideal for creating a contemporary facade, offering an instant transformation on refurbishments and new builds.
The cladding is usually constructed from 3-5mm thick metal sheet, with the individual design of the panel being shaped by the selected material. The amount and size of perforations, or the 'eyes' of the expanded mesh, are a critical factor for consideration in the design process.
These flexible metal patterns can be used to enhance the shape of a building and can be manipulated to achieve unusual and striking visual effects. Transparency and shafts of light caught in the perforations can produce spectacular enhancements to the facade.
The expanded mesh manufacturing process provides a material with a three-dimensional quality. It can be completely opaque when viewed from one direction, and transparent when viewed from an alternative angle.
In addition to its aesthetic qualities, expanded and perforated mesh screens are very strong, and flexible enough to be used for metalwork fabrication and metal structures.
The design of the mesh pattern ultimately depends on the shape of the tool utilised in the expansion process. The shape may be square, diamond or hexagonal, and each eyelet has its own visual features for use in design and architecture.
Translucence or transparency is the key function of expanded mesh. A mesh pattern with larger apertures can create visual effects that provide a glimpse of the underlying surface. Mesh patterns with smaller apertures are frequently used as brise soleil, to shield buildings from the sun.
— Shading & aeration
Expanded metal panels can provide "smart" solar blinds to reduce the heat and glare generated by the sun. Movable screens allow you to adjust the shading to suit the requirements of the building at different times of the day.
Aluminium remains widely used across a myriad of architectural applications. Carbon steel can be utilised where tensile strength is a primary factor, for example, walkways. The selection of the appropriate thickness will depend on the intended usage and the loads it is expected to support.
An extensive range of mesh patterns are available. These can be bordered, curved and folded in a number of different finishes including mill, powder coated or anodised. Send us a drawing or image of what you are trying to achieve, and we will work with you to design the optimum solution.
There is very little waste product when manufacturing expanded mesh, thus it is a more cost-effective solution than a punched perforated sheet metal. The intrinsic structure of the mesh (being a single piece) makes it lightweight, but simultaneously stronger than other materials of the same weight.
— Recyclable & sustainable
At the end of its long working life, expanded mesh can easily be disposed of and is 100% recyclable.
Being easy to work with and with a wide choice of shapes available, expanded mesh can be adapted to suit most applications, and easily combines with other materials, such as glass, wrought iron or natural stone.