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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Corflute Signs: Why You Should Use Them On Site

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

Here at Mesh Direct, we’ve produced corflute signs for some of the biggest developments, construction sites, festivals and events around the country. Corflute is also referred to as corrugated plastic signage or corriboard and is a rigid, flat substrate that can be applied practically anywhere. It’s a lightweight and versatile signage option, and is easy to install on any structure, including walls, fences and hoarding.

But why should you use corflute signs on site? We’ve asked our experts to delve into the nitty gritty of why corflute makes the ideal signage solution for your construction site.

1. Perfect safety and directional signage

Every construction and development site, not to mention festival and event site, need adequate safety and directional signage. This is the signage that tells patrons and workers where the amenities are, where particular gates are located, and the appropriate dress code for the site.

Corflute can also be used for things like price lists and menus at events, as well as for vital signage like emergency points and first aid tents. Our corflute signage has also been used in the past for; retail (e.g. sales signs, parking signs and staff signage), government (including election campaigns), real estate advertisements, construction industries (including excavation and demolition), councils (e.g. safety signs, security signs and community information message signs) as well as events and different types of festivals (e.g. gate signs, trade stalls, amenities etc.).

This type of signage is also a great way for companies to advertise their brands, and be able to deliver messages both in indoor and outdoor environments. Corflute signage is an incredibly adaptable advertising option. The colour possibilities are endless, and allow you to express your message in any way that you desire.

2. Durable signage solution

One of the great benefits of using corflute signage is how durable it is. Corflute signs can be used both indoors and outdoors, and are fully UV stabilised. With proper care, our signage can be used for years. We use the highest quality inks available and our corflute signage is printed directly onto substrate on 3mm or 5mm thick bases.

It’s also easy to customise and cut to the required size.

We’ve supplied seasonal events all around Australia with corflute signs that they use time and time again.

3. Easy to install

Another advantage to corflute signage is that it’s affordable and easy to install. Often seen in the outside environment being nailed to electricity poles, our corriboard signage option is one that designed for a simple install.

Our clients have the option of using adhesive tape, glue, screws or nails. Our corflute can be easily fixed to any flat surface and can also be easily attached to fences using metal eyelets in each corner.

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Want to know more about how corflute signs can work for your construction site? Give our experts 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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Printed Signage: Event Advertising On A Budget

September 27, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

In the midst of the digital age, an advertising medium that’s often overlooked and under-utilised is signage. Printed signage is a fantastic way to create brand recognition and awareness, particularly when it comes to events. Don’t underestimate the advantage of using big, bold and bright artwork on signage to expose foot and car traffic to your festival, event and/or message.

Mesh Direct have supplied numerous event advertising to some of Australia’s biggest festivals and organisations, and are considered experts in the field. We understand that often, events are run on strict budgets and organisers can find it difficult to give the event the marketing attention it deserves. Here at Mesh Direct, we have plenty of budget-friendly solutions when it comes to advertising through printed signage. Here are some of our most popular options…

1. Utilise crowd control barriers

At events and festivals, crowd control barriers are already a must-have. They’re a necessity when it comes to organisation, safety and creating an orderly system for queuing, so why not utilise these existing canvases to showcase your event branding and advertising?

We use dye sublimation printing to actually dye the design into the mesh of the barriers which results in fantastic colour representation and crystal clear prints. We’re passionate about representing you, your brand and your event well, so we use only the best in printing technology.

One of the great things about crowd control barriers is how affordable they are. Give our team a call to learn what options suit your needs best (1300 368 978).

2. Use banners and signs

Another budget-friendly solution is printed banner mesh. This can be attached to temporary fencing and promote your event while your construction/event site is still in progress. We have a range of affordable options here including premium banner mesh, standard banner mesh, shade cloth and wind mesh.

Our printed shade cloth is an ideal branding and advertising solution for festival organisers, and it one of our most popular products. It’s commonly used on barrier fencing, particularly on long runs where a high resolution result is not necessary. Shade cloth is our entry level branded fencing and is sold in rolls of 50m. Also referred to as scrim, fence fabric, scaffold mesh or fence mesh it is a durable material which can be reused, making it perfect for regular/seasonal festivals.

3. Corflute signage

Corflute is one of the most common forms of signage you’ll see around festivals events. It’s also referred to as corrugated plastic signage or corriboard and is a rigid, flat substrate which is highly versatile, can be applied virtually anywhere and is easy to install on any structure including walls, fences and hoarding.

You’ll likely see it in the form of security signs, safety signs, menus, prices, and dress code signs among other things. The corflute sign option provides a magnificent reproduction of your artwork for a budget price, rather than using vinyl lettering we print directly on the corflute signage substrate to achieve this magnificent result.

It can also be seen in real estate signage, the building industry and for major use in election campaigns. Durability isn’t an issue as corflute signs can be reused time and time again, making it ideal for seasonal events and festivals. Often seen in the outside environment being nailed to electricity poles, the corriboard signage option is one that is built to withstand the elements.

At Mesh Direct we are very flexible and are more than willing to customise your corflute signs according to all your needs. Our corflute signage is fully UV stabilised and with the proper care can be used for years. We use the highest quality inks available and our corflute signage is printed directly onto substrate on 3mm or 5mm thick bases.

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Each of these printed signage forms are a great way to advertise your event or festival at an affordable price. If you’re interested to find out more about advertising through printed signage, give us a call on 1300 368 978.

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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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How-to: Prepare Your Own Banner Design

April 05, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Here at Mesh Direct, we’re naturally big believers in the power of large format printing and the magic of a good banner design. We do everything we can to ensure our clients’ banners are as aesthetically pleasing and as effective as possible before we go to print. Because of our insider knowledge of the print industry and our decade’s worth of experience working with printers and designers from all walks of life, we thought we’d give a new ‘How To’ guide, this time, we’re looking at how you can prepare your own banner design in order to get the best possible results… Here’s what you need to know…

When supplying logos for banner design

A common mistake made by businesses supplying print companies with artwork is not supplying the right logo files. Any artwork (logos included) should be supplied to the printer as a vector image. This sort of file is supplied as the following: .eps, .ai or as a .pdf

It’s vital that the business provides the right file type in this case, or they risk not getting the job done on time or the having the print job turn out incorrectly.

If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not your files are compatible and accurate, always check with your printer before approving the job.

Don’t include printer marks

Another common error made by businesses approaching printers with their banner designs is that they include premade printer marks. What do we mean by printer marks? Printers marks include bleed marks, crop marks and colour bars.

Including these can cause confusion for your printer.

Know your artboard size

For Mesh Direct’s printing services, we require artboard sizes to be set at 10% of the full print size. So for example, a 50m x 1.6m banner should be set up at 5000mm x 160mm. Remember that we don’t require crop marks, bleed or colour bars.

Like most printers, we ask that you only provide one artboard per file.

Get your colours right

For those of you who aren’t particularly familiar with artwork specifications for print, you’ll need to use CMYK. All of your files need to be converted to CMYK in order to be used on your printed banner.

Have your fonts ready

Remember when you’re preparing your banner design for print that all your fonts should be entirely legible and should suit your brand aesthetic. You also need to be sure that the fonts are outlined or that the font files are supplied to the printer.

Many people assume that getting the fonts right is the easy part of printing, but it isn’t always that simple. Think long and hard about the fonts you’re using and if they’re the best solution for your banner design.

Imagery should be hi-res

If you’re keen to include images and photographs on your banner design, you need to ensure that these images and photographs are high-resolution and need to be supplied at 300dpi.

 

For more artwork specifications when it comes to preparing your banner design for printing, check out our instructional videos here.

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Construction Site Banner: 3 Reasons Why You Should Have One

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

Why should you have a construction site banner? With the developments in new age digital print technology, the use of branded construction site banners has really taken off. Builders, construction site companies and real estate brands can truly benefit from using a construction site banner on any given project. The affordable and practical nature of these mesh banners means that more and more sites can look more appealing, and more businesses can get their name out there.

But let’s take a closer look at why you should have a construction site banner for your next build…

1. A construction site banner is visually appealing

There’s nothing more unappealing than an ugly fence bunched around a large construction site. Passersby can see through to heavy machinery, and unsightly mounds of dirt and scaffolding. You also might not want people to see the building in progress, but rather work your way up to a big reveal once the job is done.

Construction site mesh, or fence mesh can help you here.

You can print just about anything on banner mesh (we’ll get to that in a moment), and this helps covering up that messy construction site. It adds an element of continuity around your site, and makes everything appear much neater.

2. Advertise on your construction site banner

One of the biggest benefits of fence mesh is the opportunity it provides for your business. Premium banner mesh, standard banner mesh and even shade cloth allow you to print just about anything on them. Most builders and construction companies use this opportunity to advertise their business and create brand awareness. You can print your logo, your contact details and your website on your mesh, and wrap it around your entire construction site.

This is a fantastic way to make people aware of your business, and to have a lasting impact on those who pass by. Not only are you covering up the unsightliness of a construction site mid-build, but you’re also potentially exposing a lot of people to your business and what you do. People are far more likely to trust and use a brand if they’ve heard of them before. Banner mesh allows you to utilise your fence in multiple ways in this respect.

3. Banner mesh is versatile

We’ve already provided two solid reasons for using a construction site banner, but the versatility of this product doesn’t end there. Printed mesh fencing is created especially for your advertising needs, but it’s also designed to perfectly suit outdoor areas, indoors, retail space, windows, large scale hanging building banners and numerous other sign alternatives for your business.

The versatility of this product just keeps on giving, as it can be applied to various scenarios like use between fence poles, or for scaffolding and temporary fencing. It’s tailored to suit you and your needs, and is sold in a variety of different lengths and styles, and are processed through massive 5 metre printers.

These banners have been created with the ever-changing Australian climate in mind, and are fully UV stabilised. This means all our banner mesh products are durable, as well as highly detailed. Our premium banner mesh boasts fire retardant properties, and also has a full CSIRO wind rating.

The banners are easy to install, as they use a simple cable tie and eyelet process that just about anyone can put together. As they’re so durable, you can use them time and time again, from one construction project to the next.

Got a question for us about your construction site banner? Get in touch here for a quote today.

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Case Study: Scentre Group

February 27, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

Mesh Direct was lucky enough to be approached by Scentre Group (the owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand) to help them with their signage and mesh fencing needs.

Scentre Group has been around since 2014 and is the result of a merger between Westfield Retail Trust and Westfield Group’s Australian and New Zealand management business. It combined the retail real estate assets valued at 43.3 billion and shopping centre ownership interests of 30.8 billion.

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

In addition to various mesh banner and signage products, we covered the developments over a range of different locations, including: Westfield Kotara, Westfield Hurstville, Westfield Miranda and Westfield Bondi Junction.

As usual, we provided the best in customer service, and fast turnaround times to meet Scentre’s tight deadlines. The products we delivered were, as always, of exceptional quality and durability.

We worked in partnership with Scentre Group to create a professional and uniform branded look across numerous different construction and development sites.

As a result, we’ve maintained a thriving relationship with Scentre Group for over two years.

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Media Walls – The Perfect Brand Promotional Tool For Events

November 15, 2016 / in Blog / by Jack Kemp / No Comments

Media walls are perfect for an extensive range of festival and event signage options and are your premier option for sponsor promotion and brand awareness. All events are unique and have their own style and what a better way to distinguish yourself from the crowd with a personalised and unique media wall to capture the audiences attention. The most common way event organisers are able to distinguish themselves is through a physical sense; through artistry and design they allow themselves and their sponsors memorable to their audience. Many events are flooded with sponsors that all want to get a slice of the attention and what a better way than to achieve optimal branding results than with media wall signage.

In an advertising sense, the use of media walls and event walls for festivals and events is that they generally see tens of thousands of people congregate to a small enclosed space or they have a huge television presence which gains exposure to the masses. There is often a large amount of physical areas with wasted space that could be occupied and used for advertising space in need of covers, media walls and bars or stand wraps along with many more. For sponsors they guarantee a large audience and exposure for their brand and/or message.

Versatility is of high importance and different sizes are often needed for different events. As a result there a varying sizes available to suit all events generally ranging from 2.3m (width) x 2.26 (heights) to 6m (width) x 2.26m (height). To ensure you get the right event wall option speak to the experts and various companies such as ourselves at Mesh Direct to have the right product for the right application.

Media walls have featured and become apart of the event landscape over the past decade and have been seen in some of the largest events in Australia. Events often have tough time constraints and as a result the media wall acquiring process has been perfected to adapt to time pressures and logistical constraints with supplying media walls for events. There are even event printing apps to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible.

Media walls are the perfect option for event and festivals such as brand and product promotions , concerts, product launches, theatrical, media walls for media events, sporting events, marathons, church events, school events and community events. All products created by companies such as Mesh Direct are produced from the highest quality inks and substrates using the latest print technology and are all printed here in Australia. They are companies that you can trust for all your media wall and banner solutions for events, not only to deliver on time, on budget and on spec, but they also pride themselves on providing fantastic service.

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