Mesh Fencing

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The industry term for mesh fence is “fabric fence” – a woven (not welded) wire product. Mesh fencing can be used in a multitude of applications; to keep pets in, small predators out (coyotes), to provide enclosures for goats and sheep, to contain high-value livestock, horses, lamas, or used as exclusion fencing for wildlife or biosecure facilities. We have developed tools and techniques to deliver top-quality mesh fence results.

Typical mesh heights are 36”, 48”, 60”, 72”, 84”, 96” with other specialized heights available, and mesh is available in various gauges (wire diameter).   The maximum height of a mesh fence using wooden posts is determined by the length of the post available.  Typically an 8′ post will give you a fence 5’ high.    We have overcome some of these restrictions by offering a drill pipe alternative.  We can pound a 13.5’’ pipe post 5.5’ in the ground, giving you an effective fence height of 8’ ft.  It is very important to have the posts installed to the correct depth and provide sturdy end bracing, as wind, snow and frost can add a significant load to the fence.  All the mesh we carry has a Class 3 galvanized coating

There are three types or agricultural of mesh available:


Hinge Joint – Often referred to as “page” wire. Each vertical strand is a single piece that is curled around the horizontal strands. Under any kind of vertical pressure it crumples, so it is truly for light duty. A top rail is a must for virtually any use of hinge joint mesh.


S-Knot – Our most versatile gauge is “13/48/04”. S-Knot has a continuous vertical strand with a small wire attaching the vertical to horizontal strands at each joint. The big advantage to the S knot is it allows the vertical spacing to get down to 2” which is needed to contain or exclude small mammals. There is a certain amount of rigidity to S-knot which makes it less suitable for undulating terrain, this must be taken into consideration as an offset to its other properties.


Solid-Lock/Stay-lock – This product typically is used in applications where height is an issue if your finished fence height is 6’ and over. It’s strong and takes pressure and abuse and can be installed without a top rail. It also comes in longer rolls, which speeds up installation. As it is a fairly rigid product following contours can be difficult with Solid-Lock, so there are instances in which it is not the best choice.

Mesh Specification Example for 13/47/06

13 | 47 | 06
Number of horizontal lines Total height in (inches) Space between verticals In (inches)

Horse fence/No Climb:

This is an excellent product to use in horse runs, smaller paddocks and in situations where there might be a lot of “across the fence conversations” between horses. The strength of the wire, plus the small spacings make it nearly impossible for a horse to get its foot caught in the fence. When using mesh for horses we put a rail (wooden or pipe) on the top to protect the mesh.

Dog mesh:

Keeping your dog safely fenced in at home, makes good neighbors and protects them from other marauding canines .  We have a selection of mesh available for different sized dogs.  If you have dogs that like to dig, we can add a bottom plank to deter them, or for the serious burrower, a buried mesh apron.  Pet enclosures typically involve close contact with buildings, requiring a layout that provides the right number of gates, placed in the right locations. We can help you with that.  Austech uses chain-link gates for the access points.

  • We roll out mesh from a purpose-built mesh trailer equipped with an automatic tensioning device. The mesh is never laid on the ground, nor does it require a large crew to physically roll it out and lift it up.
  • By being rolled-out in tension and remaining upright, our mesh can be immediately stapled.
  • We attach mesh with 1 ¾” barbed staples using an automatic fuel-cell stapler, which is fast and accurate to maintain the required offset from the post.
  • By understanding the load the mesh will carry, we know when a top rail is critical, when it’s a nice-to-have, and when you won’t need it.
  • With tension being so critical, mesh fences are highly dependent on the integrity of corner and end-stays. We use steel posts driven 6’ into the ground that will maintain fence tension for the long term.
  • At corners, we run the mesh on the outside of the steel posts, so the mesh floats allow to flex under load, and then rebound.
  • For easy re-tensioning and/or repair in the event of a breach (e.g., a tree falling or a vehicle strike), sections of mesh are joined with Gripples, which can be easily re-tensioned
  • We encourage you to have your fence line mulched if brush clearing is required. Plant growth can significantly reduce the lifespan of mesh fencing by increasing snow load in the winter.
  • Where needed to deter burrowing animals, we’ll install a treated bottom plank, lag-bolted (not nailed) to posts, or for extra security we can bury a folded mesh apron.