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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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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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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Fence Signage: 3 Affordable Options for your Business

October 25, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

If there’s one thing we’re incredibly passionate here at Mesh Direct, it’s making sure the fence signage suits our clients’ needs. We understand that running a business, whether you’re in construction or development, is a costly exercise, and that budgets are often at the forefront of business owners’ minds.

Mesh Direct have worked incredibly hard over the last ten years to source the best materials and inks for the most affordable price tags. We pride ourselves on the options we’re now able to offer our clients, ensuring that no man gets left behind when it comes to premium fence signage.

So what are the best materials and substrates for fence signage? What are the best value-for-money choices on offer for those looking to wrap their construction and development site in high quality fencing?

Let’s take a look in more detail…

1. Printed shade cloth fence signage

One of our most affordable options for mesh fence signage is our printed shade cloth. Printed shade cloth (also commonly referred to as ‘scrim’) is a great practical, budget-friendly alternative to more expensive options.

Created from a permeable substrate, shade cloth is a fantastic advertising tool for your temporary fences in the harsh Australian conditions. Its perforated design allows large wind loads to pass through the material with ease, ensuring that light and low risk loads on the structure it is attached to.

The printing options allow for your business logo, various colour schemes and fonts to enhance visibility and attractiveness, while not breaking the bank.

2. Standard banner mesh

Another affordable fence signage option that might work for you and your business is standard banner mesh. Standard banner mesh has an outstanding print reproduction, higher quality than that of shade cloth as the material isn’t as perforated.

This however does mean that it’s not as suited to high wind areas. Standard banner mesh option still provide excellent structure and print quality. The standard mesh product is available in various lengths and measures at 1.6 metres high, similar to our premium mesh option it is easily malleable and can be cut to size on your site.

3. Corflute signage

So far we’ve covered mesh fence signage, but we haven’t addressed the other types of signage you may need for your fences on your construction or development site.

You may find you’ll need safety signage and/or directional signage, and the best option for this is our corflute signage (also known as corriboard in the industry).

Corflute is both budget-friendly and practical solution to your signage needs. Durability isn’t an issue as corflute signs can be reused time and time again. Often seen in the outside environment being nailed to electricity poles the corriboard signage option is one that is built to withstand the elements.

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And there you have it! Our top three most affordable fence signage options for your perusal. If you have any questions, or want to know more about any of these budget-friendly signage options, get in touch with us here.

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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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