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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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Top 3 Wind Mitigation Tips To Stop Your Temporary Fencing Tipping Over

January 10, 2018 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

As a proudly owned and run Australian business, here at Mesh Direct we’ve dealt with the harsh conditions of the Aussie climate for the past decade. We understand the impact the elements have on construction sites and construction site signage better than anyone.

What we want to talk about today is high wind areas, and how you can use these top 3 wind mitigation tips to stop your temporary fencing tipping over…

1. Use the right product

One of the most common mistakes we see from developers and builders all around the world is the wrong choice of mesh for a high wind area. When it comes to a high wind area, the mesh needs to be perforated, allowing the wind to pass through.

For high wind areas, special wind mesh needs to be used. If it’s not, your temporary fencing is at high risk of falling over, potentially damaging the fence and your signage, as well as looking untidy and unprofessional on site.

Check out our wind mesh options here.

2. Install your mesh correctly

Our wind mesh comes with metal eyelets and cable ties. All of these need to be used in order for the mesh to be installed correctly. Once this is done, it’s far less likely that your wind mesh will come away from the fencing structure or that the structure itself will tip over.

3. Use the appropriate temporary fencing

Prior to installing your temporary fencing, you should have knowledge about the conditions on site, this includes the average wind velocity of the area. By knowing this, you’ll be able to determine the most appropriate form of fencing you’ll need – and whether it needs additional weights.

Got questions about using our wind mesh on your site? Give us a call on 1300 368 978 to talk to one of our experts.

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Do You Need Anti-Graffiti Treatment For Your Mesh Banner?

January 03, 2018 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

One of the unfortunate realities of utilising on-site signage solutions is that they can be exposed to the actions of passing vandals. It’s not uncommon, particularly in development areas to find graffiti sprayed across people’s temporary fence signage. While it’s incredibly unfair that our property gets damaged thanks to the selfish motives of others, measures can be taken to combat vandalism.

Graffiti vandals use a wide variety of pens, spray cans and other implements, all of which can be used directly onto mesh or solid vinyl substrates. The cost of graffiti removal can quickly run into thousands of dollars, if possible at all. To remove the graffiti you need to use a solvent which will most likely remove the ink your banner is printed with.

So when you’re purchasing a banner, you might want to think about taking precautionary steps to limit your risks of the costly effects of vandalism.

Here at Mesh Direct, we offer an Anti-Graffiti Coating, only the best graffiti protection provided by Adcoat Graphic Solutions. Adcoat Tuffcoat anti-graffiti coating is available in two variations which differ between levels of graffiti protection. Both are applied to signage after printing by a special liquid coating machine.

The anti-graffiti coating comes in both gloss and matt finishes. Not only does Adcoat Tuffcoat offer the ability to easily clean graffiti off printed banners but it creates an outstanding finish making images and text jump off the substrate.

Paying a little extra for the extra coating could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in cleaning costs, or replacement banners.

Nothing looks tackier than graffiti sprayed across a brand new development site or a business’ branding, so why not ask about our anti-graffiti treatment for your mesh banner?

Give us a call on 1300 368 978 and talk to one of our experts today.

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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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Banner Mesh Panels, the Future of Small Construction Project Advertising

November 22, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Here at Mesh Direct we see banner mesh panels as the future of small construction project advertising. We’ve spoken at length about how businesses should be utilising the space that temporary fencing provides as a way to get their brand name out there.

However, we haven’t talked in depth specifically about how banner mesh can work especially well for small businesses and small construction projects.

1. It’s affordable

One of the things we pride ourselves most on at Mesh Direct is being able to offer affordable signage and banner mesh to smaller businesses. We don’t see why the little guys should miss out on the benefits of construction project advertising, and so we do our utmost to ensure that our products are affordable on a budget.

Another aspect that makes our banner mesh panels so affordable is that they’re reusable across multiple projects and can be easily transported. Purchase our banner mesh panels once, and use them across a range of different developments and projects. You won’t find better value for money.

2. Creates brand awareness

Another reason why our banner mesh panels are the future of small construction project advertising is that they create brand awareness for your business. No matter how small your company or project, utilising mesh fencing is a fantastic way to establish a solid reputation.

With the right exposure, potential clients will begin to recognise your branding and will therefore be far more likely to trust your business, and be willing to take a risk on a new project with you.

3. Competes with bigger developers

Something that the bigger developers and construction companies always have is branded temporary fencing and banner mesh panels.

As a small construction business, if you’re able to utilise the same branding methods across your fencing and development site, this puts your business up in the same ranks as the more established and recognised businesses.

As our banner mesh panels are so affordable, this desirable outcome is far more achievable than you first might have thought!

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For more information on how banner mesh panels can work for your small business, click here.

Alternatively, give us a call on 1300 368 978 and speak to one of our experts today!

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Construction Safety Signage: Why It’s a Must-Have

November 15, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Construction safety signage is an absolute must-have, which is something we delved into earlier this year in light of a number of accidents on development sites.

Here at Mesh Direct, we’re incredibly passionate about the safety protocols in the construction industry. We supply hundreds of businesses every year with the most durable, high quality construction safety signage in Australia.

But let’s drill down into why having this sort of signage is vital to any development or construction site…

1. Comply with government laws

Every state has their own laws that must be complied with when it comes to construction safety signage. You may be required to have a range of signs such as: hard hat areas, eye safety signs, crane safety signs, scaffold tags, and signs that are specific to the dangers and protocols of your particular job site.

You need to be familiar with the government laws of your state regarding which safety signage applies to your business and your development.

2. Protect your workers

Something you should be constantly concerning yourself with is the safety of your workers. You need to make sure they are taking every precaution to avoid injury.

Injured workers not only risk delaying your project, but can be potential cause for legal action and damaging the reputation of your business.

The last thing you want is for injury or death to occur on your site. When it comes to construction safety signage, you need to make sure that every law is followed to a T.

3. Protect your business

In a similiar vein, using the correct construction safety signage helps protect your brand, your development and the reputation on your business.

In an industry like construction or development, you need a stellar reputation to maintain client retention and win new contracts. By extension, adhering to government laws about safety signage on site helps contribute to your overall reputation for doing things right.

Workers, project managers and developers will all appreciate that construction safety signage isn’t something they have to worry about.

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Here at Mesh Direct, we offer a range of high quality, affordable options for creating construction safety signage. Click here to learn about coflute, the most popular medium for safety signage.

Alternatively, give us a call on 1300 368 978 to discuss your options.

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Shade Cloth Printing: Top 3 Uses

November 08, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

As grand format printing specialists, shade cloth printing is one of the formats we specialise in here at Mesh Direct. Shade cloth (also known in the industry as ‘scrim’) is an affordable fence signage and coverage option for those in the construction and development industries. Because of its practical, durable nature, it has a variety of uses across a range of different industries.

Created from a permeable substrate, shade cloth is perfect for the harsh (and often windy) Aussie climate. The perforated design allows wind loads to pass through the material, ensuring light and low risk loads on the attached structure.

Shade cloth also comes in full printed shade cloth, half printed and plain shade cloth options, so you can make it work for whatever your purpose is.

Speaking of purposes, let’s get to the top 3 uses for shade cloth printing…

1. Temporary fence signage & branding

By far the most common usage of shade cloth printing is for temporary fence signage and branding. Developers and event coordinators alike often make the most of the under-utilised advertising space shade cloth provides.

This is a fantastic way to create brand recognition for your company, and to advertise any upcoming developments or events.

2. Block out view from street

Another common use for shade cloth printing, is for use as a device to block out the view of construction sites from the street. There’s nothing more unsightly than an untidy development site. Often the site is in disarray, with equipment strewn about the place as well as uncovered scaffolding as an eye sore.

Shade cloth, particularly printed shade cloth is a great option for containing the mess and disorganisation of a construction site, and ensuring that your development looks as professional as possible.

3. Contain dust

Finally, another of the top uses for shade cloth printing jobs is to contain dust, and for hygiene purposes. Often throughout the lifespan of a development, things like materials are cut and moved on site, and dust can accumulate. The best developers are concerned with the comfort and safety of the general public, and so often employ shade cloth to contain the dust from the site, and for other hygiene purposes.

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Shade cloth has numerous other benefits as well. It’s cheap and accessible, making it perfect for one off projects. Practically anyone can use and install it, which means it’s great from just about everything from garden renovations to large scale developments.

For more information on shade cloth printing, click here, or give us a call on 1300 368 978.

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