Welded wire mesh fence

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Welded wire mesh fence is a steel fence consisting of wire strands electronically welded together to form a high strength mesh. The systems are available is two formats; either Rolled mesh or Rigid mesh; over the last 30 years Rigid Mesh Fencing has become the system of choice for demarcation across the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Across Europe; Betafence were the first company to manufacture a Rigid Mesh panel in the form of the Paladin fencing system that utilised a variable mesh aperture. In the mid 90s CLD Fencing Systems was the first United Kingdom manufacturer to introduce the Rigid Mesh system. The system has proven popular over the years and is now featured as a first choice on a wide number of projects from Construction, Civil, Utilities and in a Temporary Works capacity with the likes of Heras Ready Fence and FenceSafe.

Welded wire mesh fences are used predominantly as high security barriers where visibility through the fence is necessary or desirable. It is also used for animal enclosures in zoos.[1]

The largest single stretch of Rigid Mesh Fencing in the United Kingdom is located on the Norton Bridge Flyover that sees a continuous fence line of 5.5kms.



  • Profiled Rigid Mesh Panels
  • Double-Wire Rigid Mesh Panels (also known as Twin Wire)
  • 358 Prison Mesh Panels


By gauge[edit]

  • Wire thickness, typically wire from 2mm to 8mm is used
  • Horizontal wire pitch, this is the distance between two horizontal wire strands, typically 12.7mm to 200mm
  • Vertical wire pitch, this is the distance between two vertical wire strands, typically 10mm to 76.2mm


  • Around Public buildings, such as the Union Buildings in Pretoria
  • Around private offices, where visibility is desirable
    Welded wire mesh fence around an office building
  • Residential perimeter fence
  • Around prisons, secure hospitals and military installations
  • Country borders
  • In parks, zoos and nature reserves
    Welded wire mesh fence used in a park to prevent people entering a restricted zone


  1. ^ Vergilis, Cheryl. "Everything You Need to Know About Welded Wire Mesh Fence Panels". Retrieved 2017-02-21.