There are several steps that you should take in and consider before ordering a piece or roll of wire cloth.
First and foremost, you must decide what mesh you are looking for. Mesh size is based off of how many wires are within 1 inch of the material. For examples, there are 4 wires in one inch 4 x 4 wire cloth material. Mesh Count is identified as the number of openings per linear inch.
The next thing you must decide is the wire diameter that you are looking for. How strong/wide do you want the wires used in your mesh to be? Remember, with woven wire cloth, your diameter will be doubled at every intersection where the mesh intersects itself. This dimension can be measured using a micrometer.
Next you need to decide which alloy you need this material made of. The most common alloys used are: Stainless Steel, Plain Steel, Nickel, Monel, Copper, Bronze, and Brass. All of these alloys have different qualities, some withstand higher temperatures while others may be stronger and last longer for other industrial uses.
Finally, you have to decide how much of this material that you are going to need. Do you need 48' width by 100'? This material will likely come in a roll. If you need cut pieces, what size do you need? And how many of these pieces will you need to complete the project that you are performing?
If you follow this guide step by step, then you should have no problem finding exactly the material that you are looking for. You may also want to reach out to suppliers of this material and ask for some samples before you go ahead and place a large order. This way you get to feel and see the wire cloth that you need before you actually place a large order and go spending money.
The main things to remember when dealing with this kind of material, is that if you are looking for something very specific, then you should speak to a manufacturer before you go out and just place an order. Be sure that the material you are ordering will fulfill the specifications that you are going to need to fulfill the project that you are trying to complete.
The most common sizes ordered are generally either 100 feet or 200 feet in length and standard widths are generally either 36 inches or or 48 inches.