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Fiber Mesh or Wire Mesh: Which is Best for Driveways? - Thursday, May 26, 2016

If you’re thinking of redoing the driveway in your commercial space, or putting in a driveway in a new space, you may be trying to decide between fiber mesh and wire mesh to reinforce your concrete.

Both materials reduce cracking and other structural damage in concrete. You’ll find both in commercial and home construction projects, but there are notable differences between the two materials.

Fiber mesh reinforcements are fibrous materials such as glass fibers, synthetic fibers, steel fibers and natural fibers. They are distributed evenly throughout the concrete. Construction Companies use fiber mesh because it increases the Structural Integrity of the concrete and also to reduce any bleeding of water from the concrete. Fibers also strengthen the concrete and create a higher impact resistance. They can prevent thawing in colder climates. You can’t prevent cracking all together but if cracking does happen, fibers reduce the severity of the cracks, allowing the concrete to maintain its strength. Fiber mesh is use in patios, sidewalks and driveways because the material is placed through and through. Therefore there is no labor cost associated with installing steel in your pour.

Wire mesh is similar to fiber mesh in that it increases concrete strength and makes it more durable. Typically, construction workers lay the wire mesh down, covering the area where concrete will be poured. As they pour the concrete, they lift the wire mesh up so that it sits in the middle of the concrete slab. This provides a steel reinforcement for the concrete.

When deciding which type of reinforcement you should use for your driveway, sidewalk or patio, there are a few factors to take into consideration.

Dimension & Shape

Wire mesh resembles a two-dimensional grid. Fiber mesh, on the other hand, reinforces concrete throughout its entire width, rather than just providing a single layer of support. A driveway, patio or sidewalk needs to be particularly strong, given the regular traffic it has to handle. The all-encompassing strength of fiber mesh thus seems to be the best choice here.


  • Cost: Wire mesh has a number of costs associated with it. When added together, the costs of wire mesh material, handling, and other components adds up to about$0.51 per square foot. The total cost for fiber mesh, on the other hand, comes out to approximately$0.13 per square foot. Fiber mesh is, as illustrated here, the more cost-effective choice.
  • TimeBuilding a commercial or residential driveway, patio or sidewalk can be a harrowing task, and you’ll likely want to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Wire mesh usually takes longer than fiber mesh, in part because wire mesh must overlap, and thus must be laid twice. Expenses increase as the time to reach project completion increases.

It looks like fiber mesh is the most advantageous choice for your driveway, patio or sidewalk in terms of strength, cost, and efficiency. Angelle Materials can work with you to create a custom, fiber-reinforced driveway for your residential or commercial space that help increase the structural integrity. Contact us today for more information.


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