Welded Wire Mesh - Vinyl Coated (VC)

Vinyl Coated - VC - welded wire fencing and meshes are both long lasting and attractive. Galvanized welded mesh is coated with a thick layer of PVC which is tightly bonded to the wire by a heat process. The coating is flexible and will not crack when the wire is bent. It is stable over a wide temperature range, maintaining its qualities in extremes of both hot and cold temperatures. UV inhibitors are in the vinyl to retard degradation from sunlight. The coating is also very resistant to scraping and abrasion. Vinyl coated welded wire mesh and fence, sometimes referred to as plastic coated wire products, are very strong and durable. They are long lasting and rust resistant. They have double protection. Not only does the vinyl coating seal the wire from water and other corrosive elements, but the underlying mesh is also protected by a zinc coating.

There are many uses for these attractive, long lasting and durable meshes including, but not limited to -

  • lobster traps
  • greenhouse benches
  • attractive home and garden fences
  • animal cages
  • panel inserts for deck and stair railings & handrails 

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 Vinyl Coated welded wire fencing products are Galvanized Before Weld (GBW)Galvanized After Weld (GAW) and Stainless Steel (SS) fences and meshes. GBW items are less expensive and have a shorter lifetime. GAW materials will last a long time but have a less attractive finish.

 The more common specifications of Vinyl Coated welded wire fencing and meshes are as follows:

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
  • 3" x 2" mesh

14 gauge

  • 1/2" x 3" mesh
  • 3/4" x3/4" mesh
  • 1" x 1" mesh
  • 1" x 2" mesh
  • 1-1/2" x 4" 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
  • 2" x 2" mesh
  • 2" x 4" mesh

11 gauge

  • 2" x 4" mesh
  • 3" x 3" mesh

10-1/2 gauge

  • 2" x 2" mesh
  • 2" x 4" mesh