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Welded Wire Mesh & Fence - Galvanized After Weld (GAW)

Welded wire mesh and fence that is Galvanized After Weld (GAW) is strong and durable. These products are made by dipping previously welded mesh into a bath of molten zinc. The entire fence or mesh, including the welded areas, is thoroughly sealed and protected against rust and corrosion. Because it is covered with so much more zinc than GBW galvanized before welded wire fencing, it will last years longer. GAW welded meshes and fences are available in a wide variety of gauges and mesh sizes. These determine the final use of the product. Smaller meshes made with lighter gauge wires are ideal for making long lasting cages for small animals. The heavier gauges and meshes with larger openings make durable fences for animals. They have many uses around the home.

In deciding which kind of mesh to use, take the following into consideration:

  • Do you want the fence or mesh to last a long time?
  • Are there requirements that determine the mesh size that you want to use?
  • What environmental factors exist that could potentially shorten the lifetime of the wire?
  • Does your project require a lot of labor and expense that will need to be repeated if you use a less costly product and the wires rust through and need to be replaced?
  • Does it make sense to use a more expensive product with a longer lifetime?
  • Is the appearance of fence or mesh important?

The alternatives to Galvanized After Welded products are Galvanized Before Weld (GBW)Vinyl Coated (VC) and Stainless Steel (SS) fences and meshes. GBW items are less expensive and have a shorter lifetime. VC materials have a more attractive finish.


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 The more common specifications of Galvanized After welded wire fencing and meshes are are shown below.

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23 gauge

  •  1/4" x 1/4" mesh

19 gauge

  • 1/2" x 1/2" mesh

16 gauge

  • 1/2" x 1/2" mesh
  • 1/2" x 1" mesh
  • 1" x 1" mesh
  • 1" x 2" mesh

14 gauge

  • 1" x 1" mesh
  • 1" x 2" mesh
  • 2" x 2" mesh
  • 2" x 4" mesh

12-1/2 gauge

  • 1/2" x 3" mesh
  • 1" x 1" mesh
  • 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" mesh
  • 1" x 2" mesh

11 gauge

  • 2" x 4" mesh
  • 3" x 3" mesh