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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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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Shade Cloth Printing: Top 3 Uses

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

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

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

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

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

1. Temporary fence signage & branding

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

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

2. Block out view from street

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

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

3. Contain dust

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

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

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

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5 Things To Know About Mesh Printing

October 18, 2017 / in Blog / by Helen Scheuerer / No Comments

As leaders in the mesh printing industry, we’ve got a lot of knowledge to share with our clients about the various benefits and need-to-know information when it comes to using banner mesh. Whether you’re in the construction industry, development or events and festivals, you’ll need to consider a number of factors before you commission your mesh printing job.

We sat down with our production team and grand format printing experts to curate the top tier knowledge you’ll need in terms of mesh printing. So without further ado, here are 5 things you need to know about mesh printing.

1. Wind flow affects your mesh

You’d be surprised at how many people don’t consider the elements when commissioning mesh banners for their sites. Wind flow is a massive factor to keep in mind when discussing your mesh printing options with your representative.

Selecting the wrong type of mesh for the conditions of your site can mean that your signage and temporary fencing won’t last the distance. For high wind areas, you’ll need what’s called wind mesh. This mesh is specially created for areas that experience a high wind load, and is made with larger perforation than that of standard and premium mesh.

This means that the wind passes through the mesh easily, and doesn’t interfere with the temporary fencing or presentation of the signage.

2. The types of mesh material

Here at Mesh Direct, we offer a number of types of mesh material for your mesh printing needs: shade cloth, wind mesh, standard banner mesh, and premium banner mesh.

We offer these varieties so our clients have a broad spectrum of choices when it comes to their specific purposes and their budgets. We work closely with them, and talk them through the material options so that their banner mesh printing job yields the best possible results.

3. Simple install

People usually assume that with great fence signage, comes great difficulty with install. That couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to our mesh banner products. All of our mesh fencing and mesh panels are designed with ease of install in mind. Most of our banner mesh can be installed using a simple process of cable ties and metal eyelets, which are spaced evenly over the top and bottom of the sign.

If you’d rather have a professional installer, we can arrange that for you as well.

4. Versatile mesh printing

Mesh printing offers fantastic versatility when it comes to your printing needs. Our substrates and inks are of the highest quality, meaning that our print reproduction is unparalleled.

We can print your business’s logo, artwork and colour scheme across your mesh banner, or alternatively, advertise your new development or festival. The printing options are endless!

We provide mesh fencing for a range of different uses: construction sites, festivals, building wraps, and large scale developments. Simply speak to our consultants about your needs, and we’ll customise your experience.

5. Create brand awareness

We talk a lot about creating brand awareness, and that’s because it’s such an important aspect of running a business, no matter what that business is.

Utilising printed signage like banner mesh is a great way to get your brand and business out in front of potential new clients, as well as showcasing the quality of the projects you’re currently working on.

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To find out more about how mesh printing can work for you and your business and/or construction site, get in touch with our consultants today!

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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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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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