Sun Shade & Micro-Mesh

The diversity of expanded metals pushes us to continually develop and improve the processes and standards used in its production. If you have need of a special material not shown within the website, please use our 'Contact Us' form or give us a call. We can meet your functional or structural need.

Return to our 'Expanded Metals' page, or browse our 'Expanded Metal Grating', 'Sun Shade & Micro-Mesh' and 'Expanded Mini-Mesh' pages for product specs of each type. Be sure to view the 'Expanded Solutions Process' page for a technical overview of the process and terminology.

 

STEEL - SUN SHADE

STYLE Lbs. Per
100 Sq. Ft.
Design Size
(Inches)
Opening Size
(Inches)
Strand Size
(Inches)
Overall
Thickness
(Inches)
 
SWD LWD SWO LWO Width Thickness
 
1/2"-#20 .990 .600 1.20 .406 .937 .200 .036 .214
1/2"-#18 1.350 .600 1.20 .375 .937 .200 .048 .214
1/2"-#16 1.650 .600 1.20 .375 .937 .200 .060 .214
1 1/2"-#20 Lt. 1.12 1.260 3.00 .687 2.375 .500 .036 .500
1 1/2"-#20 Hvy. 1.36 1.470 3.00 .625 2.375 .630 .036 .625
1 1/2"-#16 Lt. 1.84 1.350 3.00 .750 2.375 .500 .060 .625
1 1/2"-#16 Hvy. 2.27 1.480 3.00 .578 2.375 .630 .060 .750

 

ALUMINUM - SUN SHADE

STYLE Lbs. Per
100 Sq. Ft.
Design Size
(Inches)
Opening Size
(Inches)
Strand Size
(Inches)
Overall
Thickness
(Inches)
 
SWD LWD SWO LWO Width Thickness
 
5/16"-.040 STD .380 .280 .600 .120 .489 .100 .040 .103
1/2"-.050 .480 .600 1.20 .375 .938 .200 .050 .219
1/2"-.080 .770 .600 1.20 .375 .938 .200 .080 .219
1 1/2"-.050 Lt. .580 1.260 3.00 .563 2.125 .500 .050 .500
1 1/2"-.050 Hvy. .650 1.470 3.00 .625 2.125 .675 .050 .675
1 1/2"-.080 Lt. .880 1.300 3.00 .563 2.125 .500 .080 .625
1 1/2"-.080 Hvy. 1.050 1.500 3.00 .531 2.125 .675 .080 .750

 

STEEL* - MICRO-MESH

STYLE Lbs. Per
100 Sq. Ft.
Design Size
(Inches)
Opening Size
(Inches)
Strand Size
(Inches)
Overall
Thickness
(Inches)
 
SWD LWD SWO LWO Width Thickness
 
AEM - 101 .066 .042 .077 .034 .062 .005 .010 .005
AEM - 102 .033 .084 .187 .075 .140 .005 .010 .005
AEM - 103 .1587 .140 .225 .090 .160 .025 .050 .005
See also our section on Mini-Mesh
* Also available in aluminum, copper, silver, stainless steel and gold.

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Expanded metal Terminology

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Bond The solid intersection of two strands.
SWD Nominal dimension, Short Way of Diamond
LWD Nominal dimension, Long Way of Diamond
Design Size Actual dimension SWD and LWD. Measured form a point to a corresponding point on the adjacent diamond.
SWO Short Way of Opening
LWO Long Way of Opening
Strands The sides of the expanded metal design.
Strand Thickness Thickness of the base metal.
Strand Width Amount of material fed under dies to produce one strand.
Diamonds Open area of metal after expanding
EDGE CONFIGURATION Condition of edge of an expanded metal sheet. Usually refers to "open" (random) or "closed" (bonded) diamond edges produced from shearing.
Flattened (abbreviated F) Expanded metal that has been cold-rolled after expansion to provide a smooth, flat and level sheet. The flattening process reduces the original thickness of the base metal.
Grating Expanded metal that is produced from heavier plate, usually low-carbon steel, with larger diamonds. It is typically used for walkways and platforms.
Machine run Stock size pieces as manufactured (without being sheared to size).
Meshes A term used to describe special expanded metal products.
Shearing Cutting expanded metal to produce various sizes and shapes.
standard (abbreviated S) (Same as "Regular" or "Raised") Expanded metal as it comes from the press. The strands and bonds are set at a uniform angle to the plane of the sheet. This gives added strength and rigidity, as well as skid-resistant surface.
STYLE DESIGNATION FORMAT A combination of numbers, letters and abbreviations in a standard format permitting proper specification of dimension, thickness, style and weight of most commonly used expanded metal products (e.g. 3/4 #9, or 4.0 lb.)