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How tight should a fence mesh be?

You might have already encountered or will definitely encounter the moment when you need to tension your fence mesh during installation. How tight should the mesh be? Should all meshes be tensioned in the same way? Let's explore this in this article.

Hi everyone, we are the Fenceshop team, your go-to source for all things related to fences. In this article, we will talk about how tight a mesh should be, not how to do it. For this, we will make another specific video. The tension of the mesh varies based on the model. We won't provide tension degrees in kilograms or engineering calculations, but we'll use a simple scale from 1 to 3: 1 is lightly tensioned, 2 is medium tension, and 3 is high tension.

Chain link mesh

The first case involves a fence with chain link mesh, like a classic garden or forest mesh. How tight should this kind of mesh be? We place it at level 2. The eye wouldn't notice if we tension it too lightly, but be careful not to overdo it, especially if the mesh is of low quality. In this case, the mesh will shrink, creating an accordion effect. So, a middle ground is fine.

Chain link mesh for sports facilities

Second case: chain link mesh for sports facilities, like a football field. This mesh, with a heavy wire, should be tensioned at level 1. It needs to absorb impacts from players and balls, acting as a shock absorber.

Electrowelded mesh

Third case: a fence with electrowelded mesh, the classic rigid rolled mesh. This mesh should be tensioned at level 3. The electrowelded mesh is rigid and, if not properly tensioned, will look aesthetically unpleasing with visible folds.

Polyethylene mesh for sports fields

Fourth case: a polyethylene mesh for sports fields, often called barrier mesh. This mesh also should be tensioned at level 1, to absorb the impact of balls. If too tight, it risks cutting against the fence posts.

Shade nets

Another situation: shade nets. These should be tensioned at level 3. When properly tensioned, they will rub less against the fence, preventing wear over time. Moreover, a well-tensioned shade net looks better aesthetically.

Plastic meshes

Last case: plastic meshes, like those for the garden or balcony. These meshes should be tensioned at level 2. Do not overdo it to avoid breaking them, but they shouldn't be too loose to prevent aesthetic defects.


In conclusion, common sense is key in determining the tension degree of the mesh, in addition to the provided tips. If the fence needs to absorb impacts, it will be softer; if it needs to have an aesthetic sense, it will be tensioned more. With these small tips, we hope to help you find the right tension for your meshes.

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