How to Choose a Mesh Fence for Your Home

A mesh fence can be a great choice for any home or residential property, as mesh can allow for air circulation and sunlight into the yard, unlike tall panel fences that can make a space feel downright claustrophobic. Mesh is also good for homes with pets, who may leave claw marks and other damage on wood fences, as well as nose prints and paw prints on glass fences. When you are ready to choose mesh for your home's fence, note a few details to consider, so you can find the right type and material for your needs in particular.

Size of mesh

The size of the mesh you choose will be important; a smaller mesh means less visibility, so you get more privacy from the neighbours. This might also be needed if you have dogs, so that they're not disturbed by every other animal or passerby in the neighbourhood. Smaller mesh also reduces wind in your yard, which can be good if you have a pool, as wind cools the water and makes the pool's heater work harder. Wind can also blow sand, dust, and other debris into the pool, whereas small mesh can act as a barrier to those irritants settling on the water's surface.

However, a small mesh can also block air circulation and light, as mentioned, and if the fence is very dark, this might mean trapping heat in the yard, something to consider if you live in a very warm and sunny area. Smaller mesh on a tall fence may resemble solid panels, and make the yard look closed-in.


The coating of your fence will affect its overall durability. Most metal fences will be coated with zinc, to prevent corrosion and to strengthen the fence. This coating may have different grades or classes to note how thick it is; a thicker coating can be more expensive, but may be important for pool fencing, which is exposed to both water and chemicals.

Some fences are even coated with a zinc and aluminium mixture, for added strength, and this can be needed in tropical areas or for a home near the beach, where humidity levels are often very high. This can also be good for farm fencing, where the fence may be exposed to fertilizers and other such chemicals; the mixture of aluminium will protect the metal of the mesh and keep it from rusting or suffering other corrosion, even if it's not exposed to excess humidity.