Those involved in the manufacturing of expanded metal are already familiar with its reputation as a unique material with which to work. Expanded metal products are widely used, found virtually anywhere including businesses, homes, and of course, factories. It can be used both indoors or outdoors, for an almost limitless variety of applications across industries.

Metalex is proud to offer expanded metal products in a diversity of types. Expanded metal is commonly found in large, grating, and heavy meshes. It can also be fabricated and manufactured in small and micro mesh varieties.

Each variety of expanded metal offers exceptional tensile strength, impact strength, and can be manufactured in almost any size and be implemented in numerous ways, making it an ideal and flexible solution for a diverse array of needs.

Expanded metal has a number of technical considerations that make it such a versatile option for projects and applications across industries. These include superior formability, coatability, corrosion resistance, weldability, thermal conductivity, load bearing, and the ability to form special alloys.

Expanded metal products available from Metalex are used by some of the biggest names in a variety of industries. These include:

  • Parks & Recreation – Furniture, walkways
  • Safety Applications  – Trailer flooring, walkways, stairs
  • Architectural Applications – Security fences, chimney caps
  • Automotive Applications – Airbags, car grilles, automotive racks
  • Audio Applications – Speaker Grilles

A good way to gauge the relative strength of expanded metal is through its load bearing capabilities. The charts below are for recommendation and comparison of strength properties. Remember that standard expanded metal is stronger than flattened.


Concentrated Load

Clear Span

12″

18″

24″

30″

36″

42″

48″

54″

50 pounds

1/2 18, 1/2 13, 3/4 16, 3/4 13, 3/4 10, 1″ 13, 1″ 10,
1″ 9, 1-1/2 10, 1-1/2 9

4#, 4.29#

5#

5#

5#

100 pounds

1/2 18, 3/4 16, 1-1/2 13 1/2 16, 3/4 9

5#

5#

6.25#

150 pounds

1/2 16, 1/2 13, 3/4 13, 1-1/2 10 3#, 3.14# 3#, 3.14#

3#, 3.14#

5#

6.25#

200 pounds

1-1/2 9 3#, 3.14# 3#, 3.14#

3#, 3.14#

6.25#

250 pounds

3/4 10 3#, 3.14# 3#, 3.14#

4#, 4.29#

6.25#

300 pounds

3/4 9, 1″ 9 3#, 3.14# 3#, 3.14#

5#

6.25#

350 pounds

3#, 3.14# 4#, 4.29#

5#

6.25#

400 pounds

3#, 3.14# 4#, 4.29#

5#

500 pounds

3#, 3.14# 5#

6.25#

All the expanded metal products at Metalex are manufactured on the latest state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring that our clients always receive the most reliable products of the highest quality tailored to every project.