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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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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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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Why OHS procedures on the worksite are more important than ever

August 21, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

In the wake of two building site accidents last week during Sydney’s wild wind storms, the importance of OHS procedures on a worksite can’t be stressed enough.

Winds of up to 104 kilometres per hour were recorded, causing catastrophic damage across the city, including two separate incidents where walls fell down in construction sites, injuring one worker and tragically killing another. The accidents serve as a reminder to all of us in the building industry, just how vital it is that we put in place and adhere to the correct OHS procedures.

If you’re responsible for a construction or development site, you need to be sure that your knowledge of work health and safety duties is up to scratch. You need to be aware of the most common worksite injuries that occur (cuts and open wounds, sprains and strains and chronic joint or muscle conditions). It’s also your responsibility to assess the work health and safety risks, and that the appropriate precautions are taken to avoid injury to your workers.

All the workers on your site also need to have completed an introductory safety training course called ‘general construction induction training’. This is also commonly known among people in the industry as ‘white card’ training. Ensuring your workers have this certification is also your responsibility as it ensures that they know how to react in particular situations where there are risks to injury.

This of course, is just the tip of iceberg when it comes to the Australian work health and safety standards. For more detailed information on specific guidelines and requirements, as well as specific case studies, visit the Safe Work Australia website here.

If you’re looking for some handy advice, Work Safe Victoria has put together a useful checklist for builders and building trades contractors to help assess the adequacy of health, safety and amenities on new construction sites. You can find the checklist here.

Once you’ve got your knowledge about the standards and requirements under control, you should be considering options for health and safety signage throughout your construction or development site.

Here at Mesh Direct, we’re passionate about ensuring that the workers in our industry are as safe and protected as possible. Which is why we also offer a range of products that can be utilised for safety and directional signage throughout your construction site.

Our corflute signage is ideal for these kinds of signs, it’s also referred to as corrugated plastic signage or corriboard and is a rigid, flat substrate which is highly versatile. It can be applied virtually anywhere and is easy to install on any structure including walls, fences and hoarding.

For more information on any of our signage solutions, get in touch here, or give us a call on 1300 368 978.

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Printed Shade Cloth: Your Budget Friendly Solution

July 17, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

This post delves into the affordable and practical nature of Printed Shade Cloth at Mesh Direct.

When it comes to creating effective printed signage, most businesses have one thing in common: budgets. Unfortunately, budgets rule the majority of our business decisions, including what we’re able to print!

Luckily, Mesh Direct offers plenty of options for printed shade cloth and printed signage for those who need to be a little conservative with their purse strings. Printed shade cloth, otherwise known as ‘scrim’ is an affordable and useful option for small and large businesses alike.

Most commonly used in the construction industry to cover temporary fencing around unsightly development sites, printed shade cloth has a number of benefits for just a fraction of the price of its more premium counterparts.

Our printed shade cloth is crafted from a permeable substrate, making it the ideal solution for your advertising and branding needs while on a budget. It’s built to withstand the harsh Australian weather as well, and allows large wind loads to flow through with ease.

We always we recommend that our clients make the most of the advertising opportunity that comes with any temporary fence covering by printing their business logo or details onto the printed shade cloth. The print reproduction is good quality, and makes for a welcome distraction and an impressive branding option when it comes to revamping your temporary or permanent fencing around a site.

As we’re all about budgets meeting practicality, and ensuring that our customers are always 100% satisfied, we offer numerous shade cloth options: unprinted, partially printed or fully printed shade cloth in lengths of 50 metre rolls.

Mesh Direct’s printed shade cloth is crafted from knitted monofilament polythene, making it durable and only has a stretch factor of around 2-3%. This ensures that your sign won’t droop over time after your installation. With a density of 70%, our shade cloth boasts a great print quality, that doesn’t lose the benefits of its substrate permeability and its wind load versatility.

This type of material is generally used in longer runs where there isn’t much room for wind forces to escape.

to handle wind. Shade cloth is most commonly used in longer runs where there is not much room for wind forces to escape. This isn’t a problem as our printed shade cloth is well suited to windy areas.

Mesh Direct has a great logistics network and therefore can produce large orders of shade cloth and can usually guarantee the delivery of your banners within 10 days from the date of payment confirmation and/or artwork approval. All of our shade cloth banners, both printed and unprinted are only available in 50 metre rolls with a minimum order of 2 rolls.

 

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