411 on Mesh

On your next trip to the supermarket, keep your eyes peeled for that useful, hole filled material: mesh. What exactly is it? And why is it so common? Have no fear, we’re here to give you the 411 on mesh.

Similar to a web or net, mesh is most often made from connected strands of metal, fiber, and other flexible materials, though depending on its use, the material of the mesh will change. Mesh has three particular materials and applications:

  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Clothing

Mesh Plastic

When making plastic mesh, polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon, and PVC are the necessary materials. The most common version of plastic mesh is one you see nearly every day: the bags that hold your apples, lemons, and other fruits and veggies at the supermarket. These supermarket bags are made from polypropylene, which is an environmentally friendly and recyclable material. These mesh bags can be made in many sizes and colors, and will most often include a drawstring to keep items secure. The holes in these bags also allow you to easily rinse the produce without having to unpackage your items.

Mesh Metal

For metal mesh, steel or other metals are used. Uses for metal mesh include straining applications, like making tea, or draining pasta.

Mesh Clothing

When thinking about mesh clothing, the material is typically loosely woven or knitted fabric that provides a number of closely spaced holes. Mesh clothing is most often used for athletic jerseys and other activities that require breathable materials.

Mesh is best for items that need a breathable enclosure, and also one that allows the items to release excess moisture. Mesh is an incredibly versatile material for a number of applications that you might not think of:

  • Holding laundry
  • Sock sorting (very visible)
  • Humane domestic animal trapping
  • Waste baskets
  • Filtration with metal and nylon wire filters for
  • Wire screens for windows or mosquito-protection
  • Surgical mesh
  • Wire mesh to secure certain areas
  • Screen printing material
  • Poultry and livestock fencing

Did we spark your imagination? Do you know more about mesh now than you did five minutes ago? For all your mesh needs, contact Commercial Bag and Supply.

Paving Cover Country

Our Midwestern streets see the destruction of winter weather every year. You’re bound to see a pothole or cracked pavement as you drive down Main Street. What could make those go away, and more importantly, stay away? Commercial Bag & Supply, located right in the heartland of “paving cover country,” has the answer.

paving cover burlapA paving cover is essential for the proper curing of concrete in the Midwest. Traditionally, a paving fabric is placed between layers of new pavement as it’s laid. This fabric, commonly made with burlap, functions as a barrier from water infiltration, and effectively reduces cracking of the new surface layer by absorbing stress.

Even the best flooring design plans can produce cracked concrete. When temperatures drop and precipitation occurs, that wetness is absorbed by the concrete or asphalt. When temperatures reach 18 degrees, concrete freezes. At 35 degrees, the concrete will begin to melt, which starts the process of cracking, pitting, crazing, scaling, and our least favorite – potholes.

Though it is an extra step in the repairing of roads, a paving cover saves cost and time whencustom-burlap-1-576x1024 considering the life-longevity of pavement. A typical pavement overlay may last up to 10 years, or twice that long with the use of a paving cover. Installation costs are just 10-20% of the cost to dig out cracked areas where paving fabrics were not previously used.

Our durable 10 ounce burlap jute fabric can be sewn to almost any length or size. Our talented and trained specialists stitch the burlap together using industrial strength sewing machines right here in our warehouse, so your custom paving cover order can be manufactured quickly and shipped out for near-immediate use.

Let us know how we can be of assistance in your next paving cover project.