In an archeological park in the southeast Italian region of Puglia looms the ghost of Basilica di Siponto. Destroyed by earthquakes during the 1400s, the basilica stands again as a full-size, nearly transparent artist’s reconstruction created with architectural wire mesh.
In a way, this artwork symbolizes the growing role of wire mesh in the future of infrastructure construction and maintenance around the world. After all, cathedrals were part of the “infrastructure” that kept society going 600 years ago, just as schools, highways and power plants keep modern societies chugging along.
In the United States, infrastructure (and its crumbling state) is a hot topic, as is the cost of fixing what’s there and keeping up with growing needs. So how does wire mesh architecture fit into the equation?
With an eye to costs, products like stainless steel wire mesh, decorative wire mesh panels and architectural wire mesh panels meet some important criteria for economical infrastructure construction:
Considering all the factors influencing the cost of construction, wire mesh holds a strong position. It offers extended service life, low maintenance and enduring good looks.
Any metal that can be drawn into wire can be made into mesh, so the uses of wire mesh are as wide-ranging as a designer’s imagination. They can serve purposes including, among many others:
Today, architectural wire mesh can be manufactured using wire of diameters from an inch to less than a human hair. Mesh openings can be more than four inches down to one micron. These features allow a wide variety of weave types to meet the requirements of many applications.
For critical infrastructure needs that continue to expand every day, architectural wire mesh offers important benefits:
For more than 105 years, Newark Wire has specialized in fabricated wire mesh cloth parts and products, both standard and custom. Contact the company for more information about wire mesh and its infrastructure applications.