Hardware cloth is a metal mesh material that is used predominantly for pest control screen and fencing. Hardware cloth is cut with tin snips and shaped for specific projects in a home or on a property.
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Hardware cloth is made from galvanized metal or stainless steel. Stainless steel is more expensive but long-lasting, as it will not rust.
Hardware cloth comes in 1, 2, 3 or 4 mesh or squares per inch. The 1/4-inch mesh is more flexible than the larger mesh patterns. The larger mesh product is a sturdy fence material.
Hardware cloth prevents rodents and snakes from entering openings in the soffits, chimney and exterior of a building. Hardware cloth fencing keeps deer, raccoon, gophers and other pests from gardens and flower beds.