Hardware Cloth

Hardware cloth is a hot-dipped galvanized woven or welded mesh featuring a heavy zinc coating for maximum protection and corrosion resistance. In addition to its exceptional durability, hardware cloth is competitively priced compared to other alloys.

Made from hard-drawn wire and galvanized after welding, this mesh provides enhanced strength, rigidity, and uniformity. The zinc coating ensures extra durability and long-lasting performance.

Wire Cloth Man also offers galvanized after woven 8×8 mesh, also known as 1/8″ mesh, which is ideal for applications requiring precise protection.

Hardware Cloth Benefits

Our hardware cloth offers various advantages, including:

  • Durability: Hardware cloth is made from galvanized steel, making it highly resistant to rust, corrosion and wear. This durability ensures a long lifespan, even when exposed to harsh environmental conditions.

  • Security: The strong, rigid structure of hardware cloth provides excellent protection against intrusions. Use it to secure properties, gardens and animal enclosures.

  • Versatility: Available in various mesh sizes and gauges, hardware cloth can be tailored to suit various applications, from small-scale DIY projects to large industrial uses.

  • Ventilation: Hardware cloth’s mesh design allows for excellent airflow and visibility while providing a barrier. This makes it ideal for applications where ventilation is essential, such as chicken coops, compost bins and greenhouse covers.

  • Ease of Installation: Hardware cloth is relatively easy to cut, bend and shape, making it user-friendly for installation. It can be attached to wood, metal and other surfaces using staples, nails or wire ties, facilitating straightforward and quick setups.

  • Protection from Predators and Pests: Hardware cloth is strong enough to prevent animals, such as raccoons, birds, snakes and rodents, from chewing through it and gaining access.

  • Reinforcement: Hardware cloth can reinforce structures and materials, so it’s commonly used in concrete work to provide additional support and prevent cracking.

  • Eco-Friendly: Made from recyclable materials, hardware cloth is an environmentally friendly option.

Perfect for Any Application

Hardware cloth has an unlimited number of applications around the home, business, or farm:

  • Ventilation
  • Fencing
  • Construction Use
  • Greenhouse Use
  • Rodent & Critter Control
  • Beekeeping
  • Soffit Screen


Size of Mesh: 1/2 x 1/2

Length of Rolls: 50′, 100′

Width of Rolls: 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″, 60″, 72″


Size of Mesh: 1/4 x 1/4

Length of Rolls: 50′, 100′

Width of Rolls: 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″


Size of Mesh: 8 x 8 (1/8 x 1/8)

Length of Rolls: 100′

Width of Rolls: 24″, 30″, 36″, 48″

Factors to Consider

There are several factors to keep in mind when deciding on hardware cloth for your application:

  • Material: Galvanized steel is commonly used due to its resistance to rust and corrosion, making it suitable for outdoor applications. Stainless steel offers even greater durability and resistance to harsh environments, albeit at a higher cost.
  • Mesh size: Smaller mesh sizes (e.g., 1/4 inch) provide better protection against small pests and are ideal for gardening and animal enclosures, while larger mesh sizes (e.g., 1/2 inch) allow for greater visibility and airflow, which can be beneficial in certain fencing applications.
  • Gauge: Thicker gauges (lower numbers) are stronger and more durable, whereas thinner gauges (higher numbers) are easier to work with and bend.
  • Cost and availability: While higher-quality materials and thicker gauges may offer better performance, they also come at a higher price. Balancing cost with the necessary durability and functionality is key to making the right choice.

Ask Wire Cloth Man

Why Choose Wire Cloth Man

Count on Wire Cloth Man to supply superior hardware cloth when you need it. With over 100 years of industry experience between our team of experts, we have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide you with the perfect roll of hardware cloth for your application.

Custom Fabrication

We offer a range of custom-fabricated products tailored to your precise wire mesh requirements:

With advanced machinery and expertise across Cutting, Slitting, Stamping, Weaving, and Welding departments, we ensure premium services and fast turnaround times. Our experienced manufacturing team emphasizes quality and attention to detail so we can deliver top-notch products at competitive prices.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hardware cloth is a type of wire mesh made from steel, which is either galvanized or coated with vinyl to prevent rust and corrosion. It’s characterized by its grid-like pattern of welded or woven wires, which form a durable and sturdy material commonly used in various applications.

Hardware cloth is used in a wide range of applications, including garden fencing, pest control, animal enclosures, construction and even art projects. Its durability and resistance to damage make it ideal for protecting gardens, reinforcing structures and securing small animals.

Hardware cloth is available in various mesh sizes and gauges. At Wire Cloth Man, our mesh sizes range from 1/2 inch to 1/8 inch, while wire gauges range from 19 to 27 gauge. The size of our rolls ranges from 24”x50’ to 72”x100’.

For a chicken coop, a hardware cloth with a mesh size of 1/2 inch is recommended. This size is small enough to keep out predators like snakes and raccoons while allowing good ventilation. A 19- or 23-gauge wire is typically strong enough to ensure durability and security.

Choosing the right gauge of hardware cloth depends on your project’s specific needs. Thicker gauges (lower numbers, such as 19 gauge) are stronger and more durable, suitable for heavy-duty applications like security screens or structural reinforcement. Thinner gauges (higher numbers, like 23 gauge) are lighter and more flexible, ideal for less demanding tasks like garden fencing or small animal enclosures.

Hardware cloth is ideal for construction projects because it’s durable, resistant to rust and corrosion and versatile. It provides excellent protection against pests and predators, reinforces structures and can be used for ventilation without compromising security. Its availability in various sizes and gauges makes it adaptable to many different construction projects.

Hardware cloth typically features smaller mesh sizes and thinner gauge wires, while welded wire mesh has larger mesh sizes and thicker gauge wires. Hardware cloth’s smaller mesh size provides a smoother surface, which can be advantageous in applications where animals may come into contact with the fencing, reducing the risk of injury or entanglement. Welded wire mesh is more suitable for applications where ventilation is essential, like compost bins or air vents.

Metal hardware cloth is utilized across various industries, including agriculture, construction, landscaping and manufacturing. It’s used for pest control, building reinforcement, machinery protection and filtration. Its versatility and durability make it valuable in any industry requiring robust and reliable wire mesh solutions.