Anvil Expanded & Perforated Mesh Systems
Expanded mesh screens are extremely versatile, ideal for creating a contemporary facade and offer an instant transformation on refurbishments and new developments.
The cladding system is usually constructed from 3-5mm thick metal sheets, 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. Expanded mesh is available in a variety of weights and aperture sizes to suit your project design requirements.
The expanded mesh manufacturing process provides the 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 mesh screens are extremely strong and flexible enough to be used for metalwork fabrication and metal structures. Our specialists can provide expert advice and guidance to assist you in selecting the appropriate format of expanded mesh panel. We can assist with advice regarding acoustics, light transmission and ventilation requirements and offer suggestions to suit individual budgets, designs and installation requirements.
Perforated mesh panels are produced by punching holes of different shapes and sizes into cold sheets of metal to create various patterns. Available in a large variety of finishes including powder coated and anodised, perforated mesh provides designers and architects with the freedom to create a diverse range of patterns and designs.
The amount and size of the perforations are a critical factor for consideration in the design process. We can supply round, square or special-shaped perforated systems as well as bespoke perforated or embossed patterns to suit your project design requirements.
A range of tools can be utilised alongside punching machines to create different perforations or emboss patterns, that can be either convex or concave. The material work hardening properties that result from the embossing process create a much stronger panel solution. As well as the aesthetic properties, perforated panel systems are an effective method of satisfying ventilation and solar shading requirements.
Our specialists can provide expert advice and guidance to assist you in selecting the appropriate format of perforated mesh panel. We can assist with advice regarding acoustics, light transmission and ventilation requirements and offer suggestions to suit individual budgets, designs and installation requirements.
The design of the mesh pattern ultimately depends on the shape of the tool utilised in the expansion or perforation 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 cost-effective solution. 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
Mesh panels are a sustainable and environmentally friendly product. At the end of its long working life, expanded mesh can easily be disposed of and is 100% recyclable.