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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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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 To Build Your Construction Business with Branded Banners

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

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

1. Utilise advertising space

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

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

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

2. Create a professional aesthetic

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

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

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

3. Opt for a range of signage products

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

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

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

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The Search for Your Signage Solution: Where to Begin

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

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

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

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

1. Assess your construction site

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

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

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

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

2. Determine the goal of your signage

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

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

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

3. Know your budget

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

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

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

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How Does Advertising With Printed Banners Get Results For Your Company?

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

Here at Mesh Direct we get a lot of questions about the benefits of advertising with printed banners and the potential results they can garner for various companies.

The fact of the matter is that using printed banners and a diverse range of signage solutions across your festival, event or construction site can have a fantastic result for your brand recognition and in turn, your sales and revenue.

So what exactly are these benefits?

1. Provides brand recognition

First and foremost, printed banners and signage solutions provide you and your business with brand recognition. This means that your clients and potential clients will be exposed to your logo, your brand aesthetic and will start to form a connection with your company. People will become more aware of what your company does, and who’s behind it.

Of course, in order to benefit from brand recognition, you must have recognisable, professional branding. We understand that not every business owner is a designer or art department, which is why we do our best to provide guidance and services to help your visual branding reach its potential.

With more brand recognition comes more trust in your business, and therefore – more sales.

2. Can advertise a specific product

Printed banners do more than create great brand recognition, they also provide the opportunity to advertise specific products. Printed banners, particularly our own premium and standard banner mesh have fantastic print quality and resolution, which makes them ideal for advertising your products on.

A great example of this is the iconic ice-cream brand Ben & Jerry’s. This company used banner mesh around the popular Open Air Cinema in Bondi to advertise their brand and their new product range.

Creating awareness for a new product, or a classic favourite puts the product in the forefront of consumers’ minds and therefore increases the likelihood that they’ll purchase it – driving your sales upwards.

3. Hides unsightly construction sites

The nature of the construction business means that building sites are often a bit of an eyesore. Scaffolding, equipment and general untidiness often come as part of the deal, and they can detract from their surroundings. However, if you use printed banners around your perimeter fencing and scaffolding, you can breathe new life into these tired construction sites.

Enjoy the benefit of making your brand and your building site look good, while simultaneously advertising your products and/or services.

Want to know more about how advertising with printed banners works to your business’ advantage? Click here to get in touch.

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