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Steel Expanded Metal

Steel expanded metal is a versatile and durable material made from a sheet of solid steel that has been simultaneously slit and stretched to create a pattern of interconnected diamond-shaped openings. The expansion process involves cutting the steel sheet with precision to create multiple slits, which are then expanded using specialized machinery. This results in a mesh-like structure with uniform diamond-shaped openings and raised steel strands.

Expanded metal offers several advantages, including strength, rigidity, and flexibility. It is available in various gauges, or thicknesses, and opening sizes to accommodate different applications. The material is commonly made from carbon steel or stainless steel, with carbon steel being more economical and stainless steel providing enhanced corrosion resistance.

Benefits of Expanded Metal Steel

Expanded steel sheet metal is a versatile and economical product that is durable, easy to work with, and provides low wind resistance. It offers one-piece construction that won’t unravel under normal circumstances and will hold its shape for many years. The strands and bonds of the diamond-shaped trusses add strength and rigidity. Additional advantages include:

  • High strength
  • Versatility
  • Cost-effective
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Durable
  • Conductive

Uses for Steel Expanded Metal

Due to its unique design and characteristics, steel expanded metal finds various applications across various industries. Here are some common uses:

  • Fencing and Security: Expanded metal is widely used in fencing systems to provide security and containment. Its rigid structure and small openings make it difficult to climb or cut, making it suitable for securing boundaries, prisons, military installations, and high-security areas.
  • Gratings and Walkways: The sturdy nature of expanded metal makes it ideal for creating grating and walkway systems. It provides traction and allows for efficient drainage, making it suitable for platforms, ramps, stair treads, and industrial flooring.
  • Filters and Screens: The mesh-like structure of expanded metal allows for effective filtration and screening applications. It can be used as air or oil filters, insect screens, safety screens, and noise barriers.
  • Enclosures and Containers: The strength and durability of expanded metal make it suitable for manufacturing cages, enclosures, and containers. It is often used in storage racks, equipment enclosures, animal cages, and safety barriers.
  • Automotive and Industrial Applications: Expanded metal is employed in the automotive and industrial sectors for applications such as radiator grilles, protective covers, machine guards, and filtration systems.