The Technical Side
Installing mesh is a very technical matter. The system used to affix the mesh to the building envelope has to be developed from an early stage in the project. To facilitate installation details have to be worked out in conjunction with the architect, engineer and installer. ArtMesh can offer experienced consultation in all stages of the project.
This page describes the process of a successful mesh project from the beginning to installation to maintenance.
A few standard methods of fastening and mounting mesh have been developed over the years. The one which will work best for your specific project will be worked out in the design process.
The most common fixing is with eyebolts to a steel substructure both at the top and the bottom of the mesh. Depending on the mesh type a steel plate or a rod can be the actual connection to the mesh.
Depending on the size and location of the mesh panels the installation techniques can vary a lot. Big panels are often lifted by a crane and installed from a cherry picker/boom lift. Installation can only be carried out in calm weather conditions as the wind can easily destroy the material if it is suspended in mid-air.
Stainless steel is an almost maintenance free material. Airborne particles settle over time on creases in the mesh. When rainwater runs over the materials these particles can form streaks of “dirt”. Most meshes can be cleaned using high-pressure water cleaning systems if the facade behind permits.
Other metals can change colour over time and undergo several processes of patination. This might be part of the design and ageing process of a building envelope.