Expanded Metal Sheets

Multimesh manufacture high quality expanded metal which is available for rapid delivery

We create the expanded metal sheets with your choice of coating or finish. Our versatile range of expanded metal is available in mild steel, stainless steel, aluminium, titanium, zintec, also nickel alloys. Expanded metal sheets can be cut to size and are available in various coil thicknesses, either raised or flattened mesh. In addition, various tolerances are also available, and all deliveries are packed according to customer requirements.

Formation of one type of expanded metal

Some commonly used shapes of expanded metal are circles, squares, and diamonds. Diamonds are the most popular shapes because of how well the shape absorbs energy and resists mechanical deformation after installation. Other design considerations are the size and angles of the shapes. These also affect how well the metal absorbs energy and where the energy is spread throughout the expanded metal.

For the diamond shape, there are at least four different angles that come into account, the two acute and two obtuse angles. The larger the angles, the less strength the shape will have because there would be too much space inside the shape. However, if the angles are too small, strength is lost because the shape is too close together, so there is no space for the structure to hold.

The angle in which the shapes are laid also plays a significant role. If the angle is zero the ends of the shape point to the start and the end of the sheet. This makes straight lines across the sheet of diamonds. This option provide the most strength when it comes to compressing the sheet on its side. More pressure is taken than a solid piece of metal because the sheet will compress and spread the pressure throughout.

The four commonly used angles are 60˚, 90˚, 90˚ plus 60˚, and 60˚ plus 90˚. A 60˚ angle puts the diamond diagonal at the start and end to the sheet. A 90˚ angle makes the diamond vertical to the start and the end of a sheet. The 90˚ plus 60˚ and 60˚ plus 90˚ angles combine both a 60˚ angle and a 90˚ angle; the order of the angles is respective to the order in naming.

Expanded Metal sheets

Expanded metal can be used for a walkway grating that is self-draining and non-slip

Expanded metal is frequently used to make fences, walkways, and grates, as the material is very durable and strong, unlike lighter and less expensive wire mesh. The many small openings in the material allow flow through of air, water, and light, while still providing a mechanical barrier to larger objects. Another advantage to using expanded metal as opposed to plain sheet metal is that the exposed edges of the expanded metal provide more traction, which has led to its use in catwalks or drainage covers.

Large quantities of expanded metal are used by the construction industry as metal lath to support materials such as plaster  in walls and other structures.

Expanded metal is also used by artists, especially sculptors, who use the material to form complex 3-dimensional surfaces and compound curves which can then be covered with plaster, clay, or other materials.

Order requirements


  • Mesh orientation (see illustration)
  • Reference number or mesh specification
  • Raised or flattened mesh
  • Quantity required
  • Coating or finish
  • Packing requirements
  • Tolerances
  • Material type
  • Panel size

Please contact us and we will provide a competitive quotation and lead time. Call us on 01744 820666


H4 Medical Ltd have been working closely with Multimesh UK for the past two years. Multimesh make most types of medical baskets, trolleys and other mesh products, whilst also making them to our customer’s specific requirements. The staff are friendly, helpful and succeed in providing a quality service to us. Their flexibility on deliveries and collections is just one example of how they go above and beyond to provide this level of service. H4 Medical Ltd look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Multimesh UK
Mark Harris, Managing Director H4 Medical Ltd