The soft and malleable properties of copper metal make it ideal for woven wire mesh and wire cloth.
It is often used in industry for its properties of high electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity as it conducts heat up to eight times better than other commonly used metals.
Copper is ductile, easy to work, join and install. It is easily joined metallurgically by welding, soldering or brazing. Its softness means it can be formed to fit most design configurations.
- Tensile strength
Since copper is rigid as well as readily formable, it adds to total system integrity even when subjected to adverse conditions.
- Low thermal expansion
This is despite its properties of high conductivity.
- Does not react with water
Copper does not react with water, but it slowly reacts with atmospheric oxygen forming a layer of brown-black copper oxide. In contrast to the oxidation of iron by wet air, this oxide layer stops any further, bulk corrosion.
Bacteria will not grow on copper mesh.
- Long Lasting and Maintenance Free
Its long-lasting and maintenance-free characteristics make copper the leading choice for many mechanical and industrial systems. It never requires painting for protection from corrosion. In addition, a thin film forms, providing natural protection from corrosion.
- Fire Safety
Copper wire mesh will not burn or support combustion. It will not carry fire through floors, walls and ceilings, and it will not decompose into toxic gases.
Copper is 100% recyclable without any loss of quality, whether in a raw state or contained in a manufactured product. In volume, copper is the third most recycled metal after iron and aluminium. It is estimated that 80% of the copper ever mined is still in use today
- Distinctive colour
Copper is one of only four elemental metals with a natural colour other than grey or silver which makes it ideal for many decorative applications. The raw metal has a red-orange colour, which changes on exposure to the elements. Exposure creates a distinctive natural green verdigris or patina used to effect by architects and designers. The final patina is a particularly durable layer that is highly resistant to atmospheric corrosion, thereby protecting the underlying metal against further weathering.