EXPANDED METAL is a continuous mesh in sheet form produced by slitting and expanding solid sheets to form an open diamond pattern. It has only about one-tenth the weight of solid sheet, yet maintains considerable strength and rigidity.
Additional advantages are its light weight, ease of fabrication and free passage of air, light and spilled liquids. Its skid-resistant surface makes it well suited for walkways and catwalk gratings. There are no sharp edges or burrs, and the mesh is easily cleaned.
In the standard raised pattern EXPANDED METAL, the strands are set at a sharp angle to the plane of the sheet, while in the flattened pattern, the mesh has been cold rolled so that the strands are all flat and in one plane. This results in a smooth surface on which small objects can be placed or slid without danger of tipping. In addition, it can easily be welded and electroplated or painted with various finishes for decorative purposes.
EXPANDED METAL is available from our warehouses as listed on the following pages. It is also available in other sizes to meet your requirements on special order. Both the standard and flattened EXPANDED METAL have numerous structural applications, including shelving, machinery guards, walkways, stair treads and risers, window guards, and partitions.
A number of special styles are also available for architectural and display applications, such as room dividers and screens, ornamental trim, grilles, sunshades and furniture.
When ordering EXPANDED METAL, it should be remembered that the width of the sheet is always measured in the direction of the short dimension of the diamond, while the length is measured in the direction of the long dimension of the diamond.
Since this material is not available in all sizes in all metals, please check with us for your specific requirements.