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Which signage solutions are best for my building site or outdoor event?

January 17, 2018 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Since the dawn of the grand format print industry and modern print technologies, the construction and event industries have been taking advantage of free advertising and branding opportunities on a large scale. Building signage and outdoor event banners have been growing steadily in popularity as marketers look for cost effective ways of spreading their message.

Construction sites and property subdivisions need to have fence panels around their sites for security and dust protection. The fences tend to border roads giving great exposure to passing motorists and pedestrians. Organisers of musical events and sporting events also need temporary fencing for security and crowd control, creating huge canvases for advertising their own or other brands.

Mesh Direct’s signage solutions represent fantastic value for money branding opportunities. Our banner mesh, printed shade cloth and vinyl banners all offer different solutions and varying aesthetic results.

So, which printed banner material is right for your project?

With an extensive range of printed banner materials available, product knowledge and consideration of print quality, longevity and durability can assist you to select a printed banner material that is ideal for your brief.

Premium & Standard Banner Mesh

Banner mesh is the most popular product used within the printed banner industry with its high print quality and durability. It is less permeable than shade cloth and delivers great print reproduction whilst allowing for wind flow.

Printed banner mesh, also known as PVC-coated mesh, fence fabric, mesh banner and shade mesh is a versatile substrate which can be used on temporary fences, scaffolding, cyclone fences, billboards, wooden hoarding, containers and just about any application.

At Mesh Direct we sell two types of mesh banner, our standard (and budget-friendly) solution which is 9 threads per inch, and our premium solution which is 12 threads per inch. High wind-load and fire rated mesh is also available.

Budget mesh is terrific substrate for photo quality image reproduction at an economical price. It is priced just slightly more than shade cloth and the print result is a great deal better.

Printed (Full or Partial) Shadecloth & Plain Shade Cloth

Printed shade cloth is a budget solution which yields a high impact result. Shade cloth is a permeable substrate which allows wind to easily pass through. It is made from knotted monofilament high-density polyethylene which makes it a strong and durable substrate.

Otherwise known as scrim, fence mesh or fence fabric, signage is attached to scaffolding, temporary fences, chain wire fences or building facades. Shade cloth provides a good print quality whilst allowing wind flow with an expected lifespan of 12-24 months if handled and installed correctly.

Printed shade cloth is ideal for printing logos and text or block colours. Plain writing on a single coloured background works best. This type of scrim can make colours look washed out. The mesh material is very porous so imagine that you are printing on 50% material – 50% air. Black can look grey, dark blue will look mid blue. It is not recommended to print intricate images, logos or photographs as they do not reproduce well.

Shade cloth can be re-used but it can look a little tired if not installed properly. It is possible to wash any dirt off with water, although care must be taken not to use high pressure cleaners too closely as it may remove the inks.

Vinyl Banners/Vinyl Hoarding

Vinyl banners, otherwise known as PVC banners, produce a photo quality print result with its non porous solution. This has its advantages in the fantastic print reproduction but can limit the size of the vinyl banner because of stress loads from wind. Vinyl banners are ideal for building sites and in particular timber hoardings.

What really causes vinyl hoarding to stand out from other products is its outstanding print reproduction and quality. Dissimilar to banner mesh or shade cloth, the substrate is non porous meaning it provides a “what you see is what you get” result.

It is a perfect long term solution as the resistance properties of the PVC vinyl banner ensures an incredibly durable, fade resistant and long lasting product.

Vinyl hoarding banners are an incredibly flexible option in terms of size and can be produced to any size or length required, however, they will not suit all applications due to wind loads. They are suitable for both outdoor and indoor conditions as they are fully UV stabilised.

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For more information on our signage solutions, be sure to give one of our experts a call on 1300 368 978.

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Mesh Banners All Around Australia: Case Studies

December 20, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Here at Mesh Direct, we supply businesses all around Australia with banner mesh, vinyl hoarding, building wraps and more. We relish the challenge of a new development site, and enjoy finding the best possible signage solutions for each individual company.

Want to delve a little further into our world of premium banner mesh and corflute signage? Let’s take a look at some of our favourite installs and projects from recent times…

1. Building Wrap – The Mayfair

One of our most recent projects was a collaboration between Mesh Direct and IB Projects who headed up the lated development in Melbourne by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects’.

We worked hard with IB Projects and the experienced installation team at Visual Exposure to create viable solutions. Together, we engineered and designed a custom frame in order to install the building wrap. This custom made frame created a flat surface for the wrap to sit against, ensuring that the artwork and branding displayed looked its absolute best. We also opted for eight smaller panels and more join points, which meant that the panels were attached more firmly to the building to combat against the high winds of the area.

Read more about our building wrap for The Mayfair here.

2. Building Wrap – The Meriton

Mesh Direct was approached by Meriton to assist them with a large scale development and building wrap. We organised the design and printing of the large-scale banners for the high rise building and scaffolding. The building wrap was created and then transported to the construction site.

We had to use Ropetek and abseiling techniques in order to install the massive banners. However, the final result of this project was an impressive building wrap that withstood both the test of time and the blustering conditions of the high velocity winds.

Read more about our work with Meriton in this case study here.

3. Signage Solutions – Scentre Group

The Scentre Group’s shopping centres are highly productive, with massive franchise value and attract an array of the world’s famous retail brands. The shopping centres are a dynamic and essential aspect of the economy, as well as the community’s social fabric.

Scentre came to Mesh Direct for assistance with shopping centre development signage for all over Australia. Every job with Scentre is large-scale, and involves collaborating with numerous people, and making sure that every detail is perfect.

Together with the professionals over at Scentre, the Mesh Direct team organised custom printed banners and signage for the large scale development and construction sites.

Mesh Direct provided the following premium products:

  • Safety signs
  • Vinyl banners
  • Premium banner mesh
  • Directional signage
  • Lift access signage
  • Corflute signage

Read more about our project with Scentre Group here.

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Got a large scale development project on your hands? Give us a call on 1300 368 978 and we’ll help you with your signage needs.

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Mesh Banner Fencing: Ordering the Right Size

December 06, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

One of the most common queries we receive at Mesh Direct is about the sizing of mesh banner fencing. When it comes to your construction site, there are so many elements to consider, and so it’s understandable that not everyone can be an expert on temporary fencing and signage. Which is why we’ve put together this quick and easy guide for you.

We want to demystify everything about mesh banner fencing and how to choose the right size, so let’s dive in…

People often make the assumption that because the standard temporary fence is 1.8 metres high, that their mesh banner should be the same size. They believe that the more mesh, the better the coverage.

However, this isn’t actually correct.

With the extra material, the mesh appears too baggy which will compromise the look of your branding, which contradicts the purpose of the banner mesh in the first place. It also means that your mesh banner fencing is at greater risk of tearing. You want your business and brand to be represented well. So it’s important that your mesh banner fencing looks its absolute best.

For mesh banner fencing, we always recommend a height of 1.6 metres, which allows the installer greater space to pull the mesh tight and taut, which showcases your artwork and branding far more effectively.

It’s crucial that you order the right sizing for your mesh, the extra coverage will not do you any favours.

Ordering the right size for your mesh fence banner is just one factor of many when it comes to making the most of branded signage. To make sure you make the right choices for your business and goal, be sure to talk to one of our signage experts first.

Give us a call on 1300 368 978 to discuss your next projects and your mesh banner fencing needs.

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Banner Mesh: How to Avoid Pitfalls and Maximise Your Results

November 29, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

With over a decade’s experience in the grand format printing industry, we like to think we know a thing or two about banner mesh. In today’s blog post, we want to delve deep into how to avoid the common pitfalls and how to maximise your results when buying and installing our products.

We’ve talked to our banner mesh experts and best installers to bring you these common pitfalls and their solutions…

1. Choosing the wrong size

One of the most common issues that we see when people are ordering banner mesh is that they order the wrong size for their fence. Most people assume that because their temporary fencing is 1.8 metres high, that the size of the mesh should be the same.

This is incorrect. When people choose 1.8m height for their banner mesh, it means that the mesh can look too baggy. It can rip more easily and generally compromises the overall look of your artwork and fencing.

We recommend 1.6 metre banner mesh. This gives you the space to pull the mesh taut and tight, which shows off your artwork, and generally looks a lot cleaner and more professional.

2. Not using every eyelet

Another common pitfall we see is people choosing not to use every eyelet on their banner mesh. This is practically asking for a bad install or for a shorter mesh life span.

The eyelets are spaced every 500mm on the top, and every metre on the bottom, and guess what? There’s a reason for this. If these aren’t used as directed, your banner mesh can sag or look like it wasn’t installed properly.

To get the best possible results be sure to use a cable tie for every eyelet.

3. Not following expert advice

Finally, another pitfall that frequents the grand format print industry is clients not following the advice of experts. We’ve had years of experience in printing on a large scale, and so we know what works with artwork, installs and the benefits of each product.

For example, if you have a highly detailed artwork that showcases a new property, we’ll suggest going with premium banner mesh. If you’re on a budget or you only need mesh for a one-off project, we might suggest standard banner mesh or shadecloth.

These recommendations are for a reason, and they’re always with the best interests of your business at heart. We want you and your business to succeed, so we make recommendations customised to your business and your goals.

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Want more advice about on how to maximise your banner mesh results? Give us a call on 1300 368 978 to speak with one of our experts today.

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Case Study: IB Projects Building Wrap

November 01, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

The building that previously housed some of Victoria’s most infamous criminals is set for a luxurious revamp. London-based Zaha Hadid Architects’ proposal won out against numerous other firms in an international design competition, and the company has since gone on to collaborate with IB Projects and Malaysian developer UEM Sunrise.

The development of the luxury apartment tower, The Mayfair, has proven even more significant since the passing of founder and arguably the world’s greatest female architect, Zaha Hadid, in March. It’s understood that this grand scale project is one of the last developed before her death, making it all the more meaningful in recent architectural history.

In the lead up to the development, IB Projects approached Mesh Direct and asked us to create the building wrap for The Mayfair in St Kilda, Melbourne…

When it comes to a project of this size, there are naturally a number of challenges to overcome. In this instance, the challenges included: a lack of existing scaffolding, an uneven face for the application of the wrap, and the sheer size of the wrap itself (what would become 50 x 40 metres). Plus the nature of the location; with St Kilda Road being a wind funnel, it meant that the safety of our installers was at stake.

Mesh Direct worked hard with IB Projects and the experienced installation team at Visual Exposure to create viable solutions. Together, we engineered and designed a custom frame in order to install the building wrap. This custom made frame created a flat surface for the wrap to sit against, ensuring that the artwork and branding displayed looked its absolute best. We also opted for eight smaller panels and more join points, which meant that the panels were attached more firmly to the building to combat against the high winds of the area.

It was important that the frame and mesh panels sat between the windows, so the accuracy of the planning and execution of the building wrap install was paramount. We worked closely with Visual Exposure to install the design via rope access, and had to ensure the safety of their abseilers.

Given that the install took place throughout July and August, Melbourne’s unpredictable seasonal weather conditions needed to be factored in. Abseilers faced wind, rain and storms during the installation of the building wrap, and so every safety precaution was taken to minimise risk and ensure peace of mind.

An additional part of this brief was that neon lights were required behind the building wrap. This meant another challenge was to line the lights up behind the panels, in order to give the structure a glamorous night look, and optimise the brand’s exposure throughout the later hours of the night. With much planning and careful installation, we were able to achieve this goal.

One of the final challenges we faced was getting the artwork 100% right for such a large scale building wrap. As we said, this banner spans 50 x 40 metres, you can grasp the scale of it by looking at the featured image above and comparing the banner to the size of the balconies on the left… The artwork needed to be high enough resolution at this size for maximum visual impact, so we worked with Zaha Hadid Architects’ designers to make sure that it transitioned from concept to final product as smoothly as possible.

The result of all this collaboration and hard work was an incredibly impressive building wrap that spans across one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings. The wrap offers an amazing advertising opportunity, showcasing the upcoming unveiling of The Mayfair.

For more information on our building wraps, click here, or give us a call on 1300 368 978.

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How Branded Banners Can Help Your Business

October 04, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

If there’s one thing we’re incredibly passionate about here at Mesh Direct, it’s branded banners and helping clients build their construction business. Using branded banners is a fantastic way of cementing your business’s reputation in high regard, as well as increasing your brand awareness with potential new clients.

People often underestimate the versatility and benefits of branded banner, but here’s how you can optimise your company’s reach using these simple and affordable products.

1. Use professional artwork

No matter what type of branded banner material you choose (premium banner mesh, standard banner mesh, wind mesh or shade cloth, to name a few), it’s vital that your artwork looks professional.

For those of you who have an in-house designer, be sure that your logo and company colours are high resolution and crisp, and that the dimensions of the artwork are to the material’s specifications.

If artwork is not your strong suit, we highly suggest you take advantage of our in-house design services, so you can be sure that your branded banner mesh does your construction business justice. There’s no point in using branded banner mesh if you don’t represent your brand well through the artwork the banner features.

2. Utilise high traffic areas

If you’ve got a development or construction site that features temporary fencing along a heavily trafficked road, this is a great place to feature your branded banner.

These areas are great for exposing your brand and message to a new audience, as well as creating some familiarity with your brand among the general public.

Statistics show that it takes numerous encounters with a brand’s message for the average consumer to start trusting the business. Branded banners are a great way of getting eyes on your company and the incredible work you do.

3. Include your details

One common mistake we see made time and time again when it comes to banner mesh designs is the lack of company details included in the artwork. At the very least, you need to include your company website, so that any interested parties who have seen your signage know how to get in touch.

All too often the benefits of using branded banners are lost due to silly mistakes like missing details. Where possible, be sure to include a website and phone number at the very least, in addition to your company logo and colour scheme.

For more information branded banners, be sure to check out our product range here, or give our experts a call on 1300 368 978.

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Building Wrap for Gowings Building Sydney by Mesh Direct

Building Wraps: Changing the Face of Construction

September 11, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Here at Mesh Direct, we’re always looking for ways to reinvent the wheel when it comes to construction and development sites, and one product we’re incredibly proud of is our building wraps. Building wraps were originally more common in Europe, where at world-renowned tourist attractions, buildings needed repairs and maintenance but the local governments didn’t want to lose the tourism revenue. From Switzerland and Paris to Florence and London, using a building wrap became the solution that many organisations came to rely on.

This meant that things like scaffolding, equipment and unsightly construction sites were not such an eyesore in areas so heavily populated by tourists (and their cameras!). While construction and renovation work is often necessary, it’s not necessary that the building’s aesthetic suffers in the process.

A building wrap is essentially a large-scale canvas that acts as a ‘skin’ around the structure of a building. Whatever the look of the building’s facade, one of the massive benefits of using building wraps is they leave a truly memorable and magnificent impression on anyone who lays eyes on them.

Mesh Direct’s building wraps can be customised for each job, and can feature any artwork required. Some organisations (like in the tourism industry for example) opt to replicate the building’s structure on the wrap, so that at first glance, the building looks completely in tact. Other companies choose to add more colour to their skylines by featuring nature scenes – forests, flowers and animals to pique the interest of passersby.

Another popular option is to showcase advertising. Often construction and development sites are a missed opportunity to gain exposure for your business and services. Usually the structures where building wraps are utilised are in high traffic areas, which means there are plenty of people passing by to advertise to.

We’ve provided some big name brands with building wraps and development signage over the years, and pride ourselves on the outstanding quality of our products. Our building wraps boast sharp, effective print reproduction, making them ideal for use on high-rise buildings and developments. We’ve also got an in-house design team who have a real knack for creating impressive graphics for large scale signage in case you wanted assistance with creating your featured artwork.

Whatever your vision for your building wrap, Mesh Direct can bring your idea to life. We have the experience, the expertise and the equipment to take your dream from concept to reality. We’re able to offer a large range of options to our clients from direct to facade, applied to scaffolding or hoarding, temporary framing or a more permanent system. Mesh Direct can even wrap enormous windows or apply cut out vinyls, it’s completely up to you as our client.

For more information on how building wraps can work for your business or new development, be sure to contact Mesh Direct on 1300 368 978.

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How To Build Your Construction Business with Branded Banners

August 28, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

With the right artwork, branded banners have the ability to build your construction business and drive clients to commission jobs with your company. But how can printed signage contribute to your business’ growth and sales? We’ve got a number of tips you can use when it comes to getting the most from your branded banners.

1. Utilise advertising space

The beauty of branded banners, temporary fencing and hoarding is that they provide you with advertising space that’s either rarely or never utilised. These options give developers what would essentially be blank canvases and turn them into an opportunity for them to promote their business.

These areas are usually in high traffic zones, which are exposed to numerous people on a daily basis. Therefore, signage solutions like branded banners help get your business name and services out in front of a new audience, and potentially new clients.

Creating awareness for your brand is half the battle when it comes to attaining new, ongoing clients. Utilising advertising space on your existing construction and development sites is a great way to get your business out there.

2. Create a professional aesthetic

Whether we like it or not, we all judge the packaging of a product, and in the case of your construction business the packaging is the signage and fencing options you choose.

By opting for branded banners when it comes to your temporary fencing, it creates a professional and uniform look across the scope of your development, in addition to utilising any otherwise overlooked advertising space.

Creating a professional aesthetic provides your brand with social proof – it instantly looks more reputable, and provides a much stronger first impression to potential clients.

3. Opt for a range of signage products

Here at Mesh Direct, branded banners are just the beginning when it comes to our signage solutions. We offer a range of different mesh substrates for branded banners, but we also provide our clients with numerous other products, including: corflute, vinyl hoarding, alupanel signage, wind mesh and nature screens to name a few.

A range of different branded signage solutions in addition to your banners will help you achieve that uniform look and utilised all that overlooked advertising space. It will also ensure that your construction site is adequately adhering to safety signage requirements.

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Still not sure how branded banners and signage solutions can help build your construction business? Give us a call on 1300 368 978 or drop us a line here.

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The Search for Your Signage Solution: Where to Begin

August 14, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

As experts in grand format printing, we’re well aware that the search for your signage solution can be a daunting one. There are always numerous factors to consider in terms of your construction or development site alone. As a developer you need to consider environmental factors as well as the safety of your workers.

If you’re looking for branded signage, the chances are that you also have an addition goal in mind for your mesh banners and temporary fencing, and so this goal needs considering. Finally, you’ll also need to have a solid grasp on the budget that’s available to you, and what the best options are for the amount you’ve designated.

So with these details in mind, let’s delve a little deeper into each of them, and see how you can use the knowledge to find the perfect signage solution for you and your business.

1. Assess your construction site

Before you decide on any specific signage options you first need to assess your construction or development site. One of the first things we ask our potential clients is about the predicted wind load of the site.

The wind factor is a crucial aspect of the site to consider when searching for mesh banners and signage options. If your site is located in a high wind area, you’ll need to opt for wind mesh, which is especially created to withstand large wind loads. Other signage options don’t hold up as well in windy conditions as they don’t have the correct perforation.

There are plenty of other factors to consider, such as is your site outdoors or indoors? How large is your site? For example, if it’s a large-scale development, you may need something like a building wrap rather than simple temp fencing. You also need to be asking yourself about safety hazards and whether or not you’re required to have safety signage posted throughout your site for your workers. Perhaps you’ll need directional signage as well.

Sit down with your project manager and list down these aspects of your site.

2. Determine the goal of your signage

In order to get impressive results for your company, you’ll need to be specific when determining the goals you’re aiming for. Do you want your business to gain more exposure, are you aiming for a certain number of new leads? Do you want to advertise a particular event or business?

These are all questions you will need to answer in order for us to help you select the right signage option. For the best print resolution, we’d recommend opting for our premium banner mesh, however if you’re looking for more basic temporary fencing where the print quality isn’t paramount, printed shade cloth or “scrim” is another option.

Knowing the purpose and goal of your signage will make the search for the perfect solution all the more simple.

3. Know your budget

The final factor to consider before delving into the various signage products available is your budget. Grand format printing doesn’t have to be a bank-breaking exercise, particularly if you know your budget from the get-go.

There are numerous options here at Mesh Direct that are great for businesses who need to be on the conservative side of pricing. We’d never compromise on quality, so you can rest assured that our budget-friendly products such as standard banner mesh and partial printed shade cloth are still held to the highest standard.

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Once you’ve considered these factors, let’s talk mesh! Get in touch via our contact form or give us a call on 1300 368 978, and we’ll talk you through our numerous signage solution options.

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