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Welded wire mesh and fence that is Galvanized Before Weld (GBW) is economical and ideal for many uses. The wires used in the manufacturing process are galvanized before they are welded into a variety of mesh sizes. Different gauge wires are used. The gauge and mesh sizes are determined by the final use of the product. Smaller meshes made with lighter gauge wires are ideal for making cages for small animals. The heavier gauges and meshes with larger openings make good fences.

Durability:  Cost: 

GBW products have one disadvantage. During the welding process, the galvanizing at the weld spots, where the wires intersect, is burned away. This leaves places in the mesh that have lost the galvanizing protection against rust and corrosion. The weld locations are critical spots that tend to hold moisture longer than the individual wires. This can promote a more rapid decay, as rust eats into the unprotected steel. In interior locations, where the mesh or fence is not exposed to the elements, this is not as much of a problem. Heavier gauge wire will last longer due to the fact that it will take longer for rust to eat through the wire.

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16 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1/2" x 1"

1" x 1"

14 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1" x 1"

1" x 2"

2" x 4"

121/2 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

2" x  4"

Not needed 11 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1/2" x 1/2"

1/2" x 1"

1" x 1"

3" x 2"

Not needed 11 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1/2" x 1/2"

1/2" x 1"

1" x 1"

3" x 2"

Not needed 11 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1/2" x 1/2"

1/2" x 1"

1" x 1"

3" x 2"

Not needed 11 Gauge

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Mesh Openings:

1/2" x 1/2"

1/2" x 1"

1" x 1"

3" x 2"

Choosing the Best Wire

Key Considerations:

  • Do you want a temporary fence?
  • 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?

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