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The Basics of a Longer Lasting Vinyl Coated Fencing

November 22, 2017 | by Debbie Page

vinyl coated welded wire fence on wood podt & rail

A Fence That Works for You

When you want fencing to last a long time choose vinyl coated fencing. There are many options of vinyl coated welded wire   
 
mesh fencing available to you that are long-lasting. In this blog post, I will cover all the basics you need to choose the vinyl
 
coated fence that is right for you.
 
Vinyl fencing that wears and wears
Vinyl coated wire mesh and fencing is the longest lasting mesh you can buy. There are welded as well as woven meshes available. After the mesh is welded or woven, it passes through the coating process. The PVC is tightly bonded to the wire by a heat process. The mesh is completely covered, including those areas most likely to rust first - the spots that are welded or woven.     
Moisture & Rust--not a problem
The vinyl coating is impervious to moisture and corrosives. The wire is thoroughly protected from rust and corrosion. Standard colors are black and green. Other colors are available on special order.
                                                                                                               

Tip: Black vinyl coated mesh fencing is more likely to blend into natural environments.

Choose High-Quality Vinyl

A high-quality vinyl coating is flexible and will not crack when bent. It gives the mesh a smooth finished look. There are no sharp edges. The PVC is not affected by extreme hot or cold temperatures. It is so well bonded to the wire that it stands up to scrapes and abrasions.

Coated meshes are tough, long-lasting, weather and chemical resistant and attractive. Any mesh or fence that is vinyl coated will have the longest lifetime. Some meshes are available with double protection - GAW wire that is galvanized after being welded or woven and then covered with a thick layer of vinyl.

Vinyl Coated Fence and Mesh Uses: 

  • yard fence
  • animal cages
  • chicken coops
  • crayfish traps
  • boundary fence
  • kennel flooring
  • game bird pens
  • deer fence barrier
  • greenhouse benches
  • children's play yards
  • swimming pool fence
  • lawn and garden fence
  • nuisance animal exclusion
  • backing for wood post and rail fence

Vinyl Coated Fence and Mesh Characteristics:

  • durable
  • longest lifetime
  • resistant to rust and corrosion
  • weather and chemical resistant
  • welded and woven mesh and fence
  • UV treated to protect against solar degradation                                                                                                     

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Everything You Need to Know About Wire Gauges Used In Welded & Woven Wire Mesh & Fence

July 14, 2017 | by Debbie Page

 
Wire Gauges, Those Numbers, and Numbers into Inches

Here is everything you need to know about the wire gauges used in welded and woven wire mesh fences. We cover what a wire gauge is, what do the different numbers mean and even provide a handy chart converting gauge numbers into inches.
 
Micrometer for meauring wire for welded wire fencing (Source: Britannica)

Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary defines wire gauge as any of various systems consisting of a series of standard sizes used in describing the diameter of wire.

The Rolling Mill

The process all starts with heavy coils of large diameter wire called rod made in a rolling mill. The rod is then shipped to a wire manufacturing mill. To make the wire used in wire fence and mesh, single strands are "drawn" through a series of increasingly smaller dies or plates and reduced to a specific gauge/diameter. The gauge is determined by the wire's final use - single strand wire, welded wire mesh or woven wire fence. Heating of the wire is not required in the drawing process. Here is a photo from a Riverdale Mill, one of the mills in the United States that supplies welded wire for us.

Welded WIre Fence Producer for Louis Page

There have been several different gauge designations since this process was introduced. Numbers have been used to designate wire diameter since 1735. They originally referred to the number of draws used in the process. The first draw was called 1 gauge, the second 2 gauge, the third 3 gauge, on down to the final draw of the thinnest wire being made. This is why thick wires have a lower gauge number than thin wires. 9 gauge wire is thicker than 14 gauge because it requires fewer "draws" than 14 gauge.

The Birmingham Wire Gauge

Stubs Wire Gauge for welded wire fencing source wikipedia

The Birmingham Wire Gauge, also known as the Stubs Iron Wire Gauge, was originally developed in early 19th-century England as a means of standardizing gauge sizes. It has been used in a medical setting (needles) since the early 20th century. In 1855, Brown and Sharpe established a formula-based progression of 39 steps - from 1 gauge through 40 gauge. This is now known as the American Wire Gauge and is used extensively in the United States.

The Most Common Gauges

The following values show in inches the most common gauges of wires used in welded and woven wire mesh and fence:

  •  8.5 gauge - 0.155 inch
  •  9 gauge - 0.1483 inch
  • 10.5 gauge - 0.128 inch
  • 11 gauge - 0.1205 inch
  • 12.5 gauge - 0.099 inch
  • 14 gauge - 0.080 inch
  • 16 gauge - 0.0625 inch
  • 18 gauge - 0.0475 inch
  • 20 gauge - 0.0348 inch
  • 21 gauge - 0.0317 inch
  • 23 gauge - 0.0258 inch
  • 27 gauge - 0.0173 inch

There are many different combinations of wire gauge and mesh size manufactured. You can select the right product for the requirements of your project.

 

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What You Need to Know About Yard Gard Fencing

March 20, 2017 | by Debbie Page

Vinyl Coating that Stands Up to the Elements 

2018GAWGBWpost_rail_vc_2x4_-_small-1-571697-editedYard Gard is a general term used for a type of fence that encloses a yard. Not all yard gard products are created equal.

We recommend black vinyl coated welded wire fencing, also known as yard gard. The vinyl coating helps the fence stand up to the elements so it doesn't rust as quickly which also ensures the fence will stay looking better longer. Aesthetically, the black color helps the fence blend into the surrounding environment. Black coating "hides" a fence better than green vinyl coating in most environments. The welds of the fence make the fence strong, so it doesn't bend. If you choose smaller openings, the fence will be more difficult to climb for critters. Also, there are no sharp edges to injure people or animals. 

To sum up: Vinyl Coated Welded Wire Yard and Garden Fencing are Better for the following reasons:

  1. Vinyl protects against the elements.
  2. Black vinyl helps the fence blend into the environment.
  3. Welds help create a very strong fence.
  4. Smaller openings prevent fence climbing.
  5. No sharp edges keep people and animals protected.

In other words, high-quality vinyl coated wire meshes are strong and durable - perfect for lawn and garden fencing, pet enclosures, boundary fence, children's play areas and many other uses. The heavy, resilient, flexible black PVC coating is permanently bonded to the galvanized core wire. It will not crack or peel and is unaffected by extreme temperatures. UV inhibitors retard degradation from sunlight. The black color is very unobtrusive when installed. With the double protection of galvanized core wires and vinyl coating, these lawn and garden fence meshes will withstand the elements for many years. Be forewarned: often, big box stores will supply the cheapest quality fencing with vinyl coating that is substandard. 

Three mesh sizes are available: 2" x 2", 1-1/2" x 4" and 2" x 4". The narrow mesh openings discourage fence climbing. We also offer different gauges: 11, 12 1/2, 14 and 16. Check out our Lawn & Garden fences.

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Louis Page Fencing for Lawns and Gardens

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Spring Garden Preparation Advice

March 6, 2017 | by Debbie Page


garden fence with flowers

Looking Ahead...

Are you in the process of creating a garden? Do you already have a garden that you are getting ready for the upcoming season? Do you need to protect your plants from being consumed by visiting animals? Build a fence with welded or woven wire mesh - either galvanized or vinyl coated!

Our Recommendation: Use Woven Wire Mesh Underground & Welded Wire Fencing Above Ground

At Louis Page we are partial to woven wire and welded wire fences because they are products that are sturdy and long lasting. These are our most popular bullet points for this season and the next!

Here is our top advice for keeping your plants safe from animals that think you planted tasty items just for them AND ways to keep your plants healthy so they can grow big and strong.

  • Use a smaller mesh, especially at the bottom of the fence, to keep smaller animals from getting into your garden.
  • Bury 12" or more of the fence underground to discourage burrowing.
  • Bend 12" or more of the fence to the outside of your garden laying it on top of the ground for an effective protecting apron.

1" hexagonal chicken wire netting makes excellent barrier fencing.

  • Black vinyl coated 1" hex is ideal - black blends with the background making the fence virtually invisible.
  • PVC coating adds years of life to the fence.
  • The wire is easy to work with.
  • Rolls are available in different widths to suit your needs - from 12" through 90".

This is what black vinyl coated hexagonal wire looks like:

galv after hex netting

When you need smaller openings - Hardware Cloth is available in 1/2" square mesh. 

  • Vinyl coated 19 gauge wire welded into 1/2" x 1/2" mesh will discourage the smallest animals.
  • Vinyl coated extends the lifetime of the fence.
  • Rolls are 100' in length.
  • Three heights are available: 24", 36" and 48".

This is what hardware cloth looks like:

hardware cloth

Use larger mesh fences - 2" x 2", 2" x 3" and 2" x 4" - in combination with smaller mesh "ground wire".

  • The smaller mesh gives protection where it's really needed.
  • You have greater strength in the higher sections.

This is what a mesh fence with larger spaced openings looks like in a garden:

welded wire garden fence

Plan ahead and be prepared! There are many possibilities that allow you to be creative in your solutions. Feel free to call us for additional advice, we love hearing your ideas and recommending the right solution for you! We will even provide a free quote so you can determine if your fence fits your budget.

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Uses for Welded Wire & Woven Mesh Fencing

February 27, 2017 | by Debbie Page

Vinyl coated welded wire

Welded Wire Mesh and Fence

So what are welded wire meshes and fences?

  • As the name implies, welded wire mesh fences are made from wires that have been welded into a mesh.
  • In most cases, the same gauge of wire is used throughout the roll.
  • Welded joints are rigid and have little flexibility.
  • Many welded products with larger openings are used as fencing on ranches, farms, in parks and on construction sites.
  • Mesh sizes can range from 1/2" x 1/2" up to 6" x 6".
  • Meshes with smaller openings are usually made with lighter gauge wires.
  • These are mostly used for screening.
  • Some specifications of welded meshes are vinyl coated.

And how can you use them?

Welded fencing is ideal to use on flat terrain where little flexibility is necessary. Some examples of uses:

    -Swimming pool fences

    -Emu and Ostrich Fences

    - Garden Fences

    - Dog kennels

    Sheep and Goat Fences

     -Railing safety panel inserts

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Woven Wire Mesh and Fence

What are woven wire meshes and fences?

  • Fences made by weaving the wires into a mesh.
  • Different gauge wires are sometimes used in the same roll.
  • Woven joints are flexible yet very strong.
  • There are a wide variety of mesh size openings available.
  • Hexagonal netting (chicken wire), field and farm fence, deer and wildlife fence and ornamental fence are some examples.

woven wire fence closeup

And what are their uses?

Woven wire fences are ideal to use in situations where the ground is uneven. The inherent flexibility allows the fence to adjust more easily to grade changes. Some examples of uses:

    - Garden Fences

    - Horse Paddocks

    - Boundary Fence

    - Orchard Fence

    - Farm Fence

Keep these differences in mind when you are planning to install a fence. Which type do you want to use? Or maybe you need expert advice on what products to use?

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