Architectural mesh and its uses in commercial interiors

Architectural mesh is an innovative cladding solution that is becoming more common in commercial interiors. Stylish, yet practical, these meshes come with numerous safety benefits as well as a wide range of aesthetic effects. Fabricated in a similar fashion to traditional textiles like clothes and rugs, architectural meshes are made on large weaving looms and come in two main types: architectural wire mesh and architectural metal mesh. But what exactly are architectural meshes used for, how are they implemented into commercial interiors, and what are their benefits? Continue reading to find out.

What is an architectural mesh?

Architectural mesh is a flexible, yet durable arrangement of thin metal strips or wires woven together to form a decorative screen. Seemingly any metal can be made into a mesh and with thousands of patterns and colours available, these meshes are fully customizable and can be fabricated for any bespoke application. No matter the aesthetic and style your particular commercial space is aiming for, there’s a mesh to suit it.

What is architectural mesh used for?

Being such a versatile material, the use of these meshes in commercial interiors – and exteriors too – is becoming more common. With a functional, yet contemporary appearance, it’s little wonder why more and more structures have begun to incorporate architectural meshes one way or another. While some meshes are used for practical purposes like stairway railings, others are intended for more aesthetic purposes such as accent walls.

Because the meshes can be made of practically any metal (from brass to stainless steel), they can come in a wide range of strengths. Some meshes are placed in situations where their own structural strength is critical. Such is the case for structures in ceilings that hide electrical wiring, sprinkler systems, and ventilation ducts or for the aforementioned stairway and bannister railings. In other cases, architectural meshes can be used for less load-bearing type applications like room partitions, privacy booths, or accent walls.

Regardless of the meshes’ specific uses, their chic look adds beauty to any structure. The practicality of these aesthetic meshes can go even more. An architectural mesh can be designed to moderate the level of light and airflow in the room. Additionally, some meshes can be used to aid in acoustical design, effectively absorbing and deflecting sound as needed.

What are some benefits of architectural mesh?

1) Acoustics

Architectural mesh offers a wide range of benefits to architects and designers alike. As mentioned, some meshes are intended purely for aesthetic purposes while others can aid in practical design solutions such as those found in acoustical engineering. When acoustics are a concern, many designers turn to acoustic panels to muffle sounds and stop resonance within a room. Unfortunately, these panels tend to be highly flammable. On the other hand, an architectural mesh can be used in place of these acoustic panels and offer the same benefits without the drawbacks. The metal wires that comprise the mesh are brilliant at absorbing sound while maintaining that elegant look.

2) Sun protection

Another neat aspect of architectural mesh is its ability to function as a sunshade. The wires of the mesh act as a barrier to sunlight which helps the associated building maintain comfortable interior temperatures while still giving visitors a chance to see the world outside. The specific design of the mesh determines how much sun protection it will offer.

3) Cost-effectiveness

Finally, perhaps the biggest benefits of architectural mesh are its low price and minimal maintenance requirements. A project using mesh is typically priced per unit area and is dependent on the type of material used and the desired pattern. The appropriate architectural mesh can be a cost-effective, durable, attractive, and safer alternative to using glass panes for shading, wood for railings, or standard acoustic panels for sound muffling.

Final thoughts

Architectural mesh is an excellent alternative to traditional materials used in railings, walls, and ceilings. Likewise, it offers functional benefits for both the interiors and exteriors of commercial facilities; it is an exceptional medium for blocking sunlight and is a quality alternative to traditional acoustic panels. Architectural mesh is both stylish and practical, so it should come as no surprise that it’s showing up more often in new construction. Contact a Ludwick Precision representative today to discuss your architectural mesh projects.