Woven Wire Mesh

Woven wire mesh is woven to size in the same way cloth is woven on a loom. The most common materials used to create woven wire mesh are carbon steel, galvanized steel and stainless steel, and aluminum.


Common materials used to create woven wire mesh include:

  • Carbon steel
  • Galvanized steel
  • Stainless wire mesh
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Brass


Stainless wire mesh is especially useful because it is extremely chemical resistant, works with hot or cold liquids, and is easily cleaned. Aluminum mesh is lightweight, strong, has a high electrical conductivity, and a low melting point. Aluminum mesh also significantly resists atmospheric corrosion. Carbon steel and galvanized wire mesh are strong, economical, and readily available. Other exotic materials, such as copper and nickel, can also be woven into wire mesh.


Direct Metals Flat Top Woven Wire Mesh

Features of Woven Wire Mesh

  • Solid construction
  • Extremely versatile
  • Easy to install
  • Can have low resistance to wind loads
  • Easily cut to fit
  • Available in many materials, such as stainless steel and aluminum



Since our woven wire mesh is extremely versatile and easy to install, it can be used in various applications. From fencing to machine guarding, Direct Metals® has the woven wire mesh for your application. Examples of common applications include:

  • Woven wire mesh baskets
  • Woven wire mesh architectural grilles
  • Woven wire mesh display shelves and stands
  • Woven wire mesh racks
  • Woven wire mesh liquid filtration
  • Woven wire mesh air filtration
  • Woven wire mesh wall reinforcement
  • Woven wire mesh handrail panel inserts

Heavier woven wires must be pre-crimped. The material remains stable and rigid after the crimping process. Pre-crimped woven wire mesh is ideal for both industrial & architectural applications.


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Our pre-crimped woven wire mesh is available in:

  • Intercrimp
  • Lock crimp
  • Plain weave
  • Flat top woven styles


Complete Wire Mesh Section of our Product Catalog
Wire Mesh Catalog
Square Opening Space Cloth
Square Mesh Wire Cloth
Fine Mesh Wire Cloth
Bolting Cloth
Filter Cloth
Diameter of Wire by Gauge
Weight Conversion Factors
Temperature Conversion Chart
Stainless Steel Composition & Properties
Austenitic Stainless Steel Table
Specialty Alloys for Woven Wire Cloth


Woven Wire Crimps


Double Crimp Woven Wire Mesh from Direct Metals

Plain Weave/Double Crimp Woven Wire

This is the most common type of woven wire. It is used where the opening is relatively small in comparison to the wire diameter.

Lock Crimp Woven Wire Mesh Supplied by Direct Metals

Lock Crimp Woven Wire

This woven wire type is used only in coarse specifications to maintain the accuracy of weave throughout screen life, where the opening is large with respect to wire diameter.

Direct Metals Metal Intercrimp Woven Wire

Intercrimp Woven Wire

This type of wire is used in coarse weaves of lighter gauge woven wire to provide greater stability, tightness of weave and maximum rigidity. It is very common in wire mesh openings larger than 1/2" (12.7mm).

Direct Metals Flat Top Woven Wire Mesh

Flat Top Woven Wire

Usually starts at 5/8” (15.875 mm) opening or larger. This type of wire provides long abrasive resistant life since there are no projections on top to wear. Flat top woven wire offers the least resistance to flow and is very popular in certain architectural and structural applications where a smooth surface on one side is desirable.


Woven Wire Weave Styles


Direct Metals Plain Square Woven Wire: woven in a simple over and under pattern

Plain Square Woven Wire

The most common wire weave, with the same diameter warp and shute wires, woven in a simple over and under pattern. This style produces screens with the same mesh count in both directions.

Twill Square Woven Wire, Each Wire Passes Over Two Warp Wires And Two Producing Square Openings

Twill Square Woven Wire

Each shute wire typically passes over two warp wires and under two producing square openings. Twill weave can be made from larger-diameter wires than would be possible in plain square weave, to obtain greater strength, density, or corrosion resistance.

Direct Metals Plain Dutch Woven Wire Mesh: woven in a tight, plain, over and under pattern

Plain Dutch Woven Wire

This weave style is woven in a plain, over and under pattern. The plain dutch woven wire style is a very tight weave because a thinner, smaller diameter shute wire is used. Dutch weaves do not have a straight-through, clear opening like most plain weave styles. Instead, the weave style creates a tortuous path through which very fine filtration and particle retention can be achieved. Dutch weaves may be specified by a “mesh count” or an “absolute filter rating.”

Dutch Twill Weave Wire From Direct Metals: Each Wire Passes Over Two Wires Then Under Two Wires That Allows A Tighter Weave

Dutch Twill Weave Wire

This weave style is similar to Plain Dutch, except it is woven in Twill style. Each wire passes over two wires then under two wires, still utilizing a smaller-diameter shute wire, allowing an even tighter weave and even finer filtration than the Plain Dutch weave.

Reverse Dutch Weave Woven Wire Mesh: same weave as Plain Dutch, except the warp and shute wires are reversed

Reverse Dutch Weave Wire

This weave style is the same weave as Plain Dutch, except the warp and shute wires are reversed. The larger shute wires are woven closer together than would usually be seen in a Plain Dutch weave.

Direct Metals Plain Weave Wire Mesh: Woven in An Over & Under Pattern

Rectangular or “Off-Count” Weave Wire

This is a Plain weave wire cloth, woven in an over and under pattern with a different number of wires in the warp and shute direction, which yields a rectangular opening wire cloth. Rectangular openings are often used in sifting and sizing operations to increase product “through” capacity, with minor sacrifices in accuracy. To reduce material costs, off-count wire mesh may be substituted for square wire mesh in some applications that do not require a high level of accuracy. Some wire cloth vendors will substitute off-count wire cloth when certifications are not specified by the manufacturer. For example, a 90 x 100 mesh may be substituted for 100 x 100.

Direct Metals Stranded Weave Wire Mesh: woven Plain Square style, each warp and shute are composed of small-diameter wires

Stranded Weave Wire

Usually woven in the Plain Square style, each warp and shute “wire” is composed of a “bunch” or “group” of small-diameter wires, which are woven into a finished product.

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