What Is Hardware Cloth?

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Hardware cloth used in vents to keep pests out of a building
Hardware cloth used in vents to keep pests out of a building (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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.

Types

Hardware cloth is made from galvanized metal or stainless steel. Stainless steel is more expensive but long-lasting, as it will not rust.

Size

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.

Effects

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.

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