Wire Mesh Case Studies


Location:  Cape San Blas, Florida
Customer:  Residential Contractor
Material:  3" open .192" diameter wire lock crimp in stainless steel 316 material
Application:  Custom wire panels were created for an outdoor deck area

Florida is known for its dampness and high humidity, which is why Direct Metals® woven stainless steel 316 material for the new outdoor deck space worked perfectly. The 316 material is known for its durability in marine and salt air environments, unlike common stainless steel 304 material

  • Direct Metals® customized the wire mesh to fit specific panel sizes
  • Panels were framed in a wood casing to meet the local code requirements for deck railings
  • The wire mesh panels added an aesthetic appeal to the outdoor deck area

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Location:  Liberty Island, New York Harbor
Customer:  National Park Service
Material:  L-92 wire mesh in bronze, woven in a lock-crimp style
Application:  Interior stairway infill panels

  • As an architectural metal supplier, Direct Metals® supplied 3,280 sq. ft. of bronze wire architectural mesh to facilitate in building the new Statue of Liberty Welcome Center
  • The bronze wire mesh is used for the insert panels placed beneath railings surroundings the exhibits and in the stairways
  • The wire infill panels provide durability to the staircase and is easily serviceable
  • The lock-crimp weave design is customized for this landmark project
  • The architectural mesh also allows for heightened fall protection to the monument’s 3.5 million anticipated annual visitors
  • The woven wire mesh matches the original, stately aesthetic of the national landmark

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Location:  Des Plaines River, Illinois
Customer:  Great Lakes Restoration Fund
Project Owner:  Great Lakes Restoration Fund
General Contractor:  Old Veteran Construction
Material:  1/4" open .063" diameter hot dipped galvanized wire

There was a need to keep Asian carp from breaching the low-lying strip of land between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and entering the canal during heavy rains.

This $7 million project involved the construction of a 13-mile concrete and galvanized steel wire mesh barrier. The galvanized steel wire mesh barrier supplied by Direct Metals® Company, LLC split the narrow divide between the Des Plaines River and the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, keeping the carp from reaching the Great Lakes during flood events. Asian carp are an invasive species that could potentially eradicate native fish, jeopardizing the Great Lakes’ estimated $7 billion-per-year commercial and recreational fishing industry.

Direct Metals® partnered with Future Fence and Old Veteran Construction to specially design a wire mesh suitable for this application. They leveraged its expertise from 15 years in the wire mesh industry to provide a woven wire mesh produced from a wire that was hot dipped galvanized prior to weaving. The end result is a wire cloth fence that will better withstand the environmental conditions and protect the natural resources of Lake Michigan for a much longer duration of time with less maintenance. The woven wire mesh fence ranges from four feet tall in some areas to eight feet tall in areas at risk for deeper flooding. Direct Metals® Company, LLC. Supplied a total of 39,500 linear feet or 7.48 miles of wire mesh. Their wire mesh product was designed to allow passage of water to relieve flooding but is small enough to block out all but the smallest fish and eggs. This fence project is an environmentally friendly, recyclable solution provided to protect the surrounding natural environment.

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Location:  Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL
Material:  Wire Mesh Panels
Application: Railing and woven wire mesh inside entire ballpark

Direct Metals® is honored to have taken part in a massive construction project inside the renowned Wrigley Field in Chicago. Provided infill wire mesh panels throughout the ballpark. Our product was shipped to Wrigley Field from our service center in nearby Waukegan, IL.

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Location:  Brooklyn, NY

  • 4 EA - 48" X 96" 2" Open Brass .120 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
  • 3 EA - 48" X 96" 1" Open Brass .120 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
  • 3 EA - 48" X 96" 1/2" Open Brass .080 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh
  • 2 EA - 48" X 96" 1/4" Open Brass .063 Lockcrimp Wire Mesh

Application: Gabion Style Reception Desk

Direct Metals® supplied brass lockcrimp cage wire mesh to a customer for creating a stunning Gabion Reception Desk. The desk is comprised of eight unique brass cages of four distinct mesh openings filled with reclaimed rocks from the Brooklyn, NY area, and is a welcoming feature at a high-end residential building along Brooklyn Bridge Park. The desk covers 12 sq. ft. and stands 3 ft. 8 in. high with an approximate weight of 4,000-5,000 lbs.

The Gabion Reception Desk borrows its appearance from the gabions often used as retaining walls in landscapes. The delicate, lock-crimped and lightly blackened brass mesh and the rough, reclaimed Belgian street cobblestones combine to form a graceful piece of furniture that resembles an art piece.

The brass wire mesh openings decrease in size from the bottom to the top of the desk: starting with 2-in. openings at the bottom, followed by 1-in. & 1/2-in. openings in the middle and finished with a delicate, veil-like 1/4-in. open mesh wire cloth at the top. A solid brass transaction tray—artistically blackened to enhance the depth of the metal—sits atop the desk.

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Location:  Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center - Woodridge, IL
Material:  1" open .135 intercrimp Diamond Wire Mesh (with 1" U-Edging)
Application:  186 panel inserts placed around the rec center's 2nd floor track

Direct Metals® wire mesh products have been featured in another commercial project! We supplied 186 panels of our intercrimp Diamond Mesh (with 1" U-Edging) in the construction of the new Woodridge Park District Athletic Recreation Center in Woodridge, IL -- set to open January 2, 2017. The wire mesh is placed around the perimeter of the rec center's 2nd floor track as part of the handrail structure. Best wishes to the city of Woodridge… Enjoy this wonderful addition to your community!

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Location:  25th Avenue Bridge - Melrose Park, IL
Material:  2" Open with .148" Diameter. Hot dipped galvanized welded wire mesh
Product Size:  Custom cut panels to match the slope of the bridge
Application:  Decorative wire mesh security fencing for the Avenue Bridge in Melrose Park, IL

Decorative wire mesh panels provided by Direct Metals® will help prevent debris from falling into oncoming traffic. The wire mesh panels are custom cut to follow the slope of the bridge and hot dipped galvanized to insure durability.

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Location:  I-90 Footbridge - Cleveland, OH
Material:  Direct Metals® 1" open with .135" wire pregalvanized woven wire mesh with U-edging intercrimp
Product Size:  202 framed panels 57-1/2" x 93-1/2"
Application:  Decorative wire mesh fencing panels for I-90 Footbridge

Direct Metals® provided 7541 square feet of custom cut and framed wire mesh. This wire mesh was framed with welding and then powder coated black. The wire mesh panels will prevent debris from falling onto oncoming traffic

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