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Fencing, Caging & Enclosures

Perhaps the most recognizable use of wire mesh is in fencing, caging and enclosures. When it is used as fencing, wire mesh is commonly used to fence in livestock, like goats or pigs, or fence out unwanted wildlife, like deer. Also, when wire mesh is used as fencing it can be used to define a farm’s property line or to create a home garden.

Similarly, wire mesh is often used in caging and enclosure applications. Wire mesh is preferred by many of the country’s largest zoos to create cages for animals, like tigers and reptiles. Individuals have been successful in utilizing mesh to create cages and enclosures for dogs, turtles, birds, chickens, mink and rabbits.

Wire mesh proves to be an ideal product in these instances for a handful of reasons.

For starters, there are numerous metal and alloy options from which to choose. Many materials, like galvanized and stainless steel are in stock.

Secondly, wire mesh offers virtually unlimited options when it comes to opening size and diameter wire. Depending upon the specific fencing or caging application, both woven and welded wire mesh can be configured to achieve a desired opening size. For instance, small nuisances, like gophers or groundhogs, will require a smaller opening size and thinner diameter wire as opposed to a horse or hog, which will likely require a larger opening size with a much larger diameter wire.

For this reason, it is critical to know what you are seeking to cage in – or keep out – so that you can decide upon the appropriate mesh opening size and diameter wire.

A third reason why wire mesh is commonly used in fencing, caging and enclosure applications is affordability. Galvanized welded wire mesh is popular and in high demand due to its economical price and general availability in 100 foot rolls. Galvanized welded wire mesh is a preferred option when acres of property need to be enclosed.

Darby routinely offers custom manufacturing, when stock options will not meet your specific requirements. Please contact us with your special requirements, including special material or metal, uncommon opening size or a preferred manufacturing technique.

In order to better assist you, please see below a selection of our most commonly requested types of metals and alloys. After selecting the appropriate material for the application, please consider what mesh opening size will work best for you.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Galvanized wire mesh – and in particular, galvanized before welded wire mesh –remains the most popularly demanded material used in fencing, caging and enclosure applications.

T-304 Stainless Steel

Numerous T-304 SS wire mesh specifications are used in fencing, caging and enclosure applications. Darby stocks a wide array of popular options and routinely supplies custom manufactured specifications.

Stainless Steel Welded

Stainless steel welded wire mesh is extremely popular for caging and enclosure applications due to its clean appearance, uniformity and superior corrosion resistance. Darby offers a wide array of stainless steel welded wire mesh specifications, including both square and rectangular mesh opening sizes.

T-316 Stainless Steel

T-316 SS is often used in fencing, caging and enclosure applications that require a high level of corrosion resistance. Darby offers a handful of stock options and routinely manufactures custom sizes.

Plain Steel

When certain users are not concerned with corrosion and want a rusty look, plain steel is often requested. Plain steel is also a viable and economical option when a user wants to add an after-market coating.

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