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The Lowdown on EML Mesh

headerEML mesh is a crucial part of any plasterer or renderer’s arsenal. Short for expanded metal lathing, and also known as plastering mesh, this pretty standard-looking piece of metalwork can mean the different between a flawless, long-lasting finish and plaster disaster!

So, what exactly is EML mesh?

mesh montageManufactured using an expanded piece of stainless steel, which is formed into a thick mesh grid when pliable, EML is just as important for builders as a good cup of tea.

It helps to strengthen plasterwork, create an even surface and prevent cracks. It’s a versatile piece of kit, and is just as useful for indoor projects as those outside.

Why are EML mesh fixings so essential?

It isn’t hard to see just why EML mesh is so important. After all, it isn’t always easy to achieve a smooth finish at tricky angles.

This is why so many builders use EML mesh for rendering: the plaster sinks into the gaps in the mesh, which acts as an anchor. This means that if you’re regularly working on things like suspended ceilings, you’ll finish the job quicker and to the highest level of quality.

What can EML mesh be used for?

High quality EML plastering mesh is a versatile piece of kit, and can be used in a variety of ways:

- Cover large cracks before over-skimming.
- Encase steel columns and beams, adding an extra layer that can assist in protecting against fire.
- Provide a better grip: forming the skeleton layers of wall plaster.
- Act as a carrier for wet plaster when creating curved surfaces.
- Reinforce plaster across different substrates.

Where can I buy EML mesh?

Right here at UK Trade Fix! As well as stainless steel EML, we also stock alkaline resistant mesh, galvanised EML and brick reinforcement mesh in various sizes.

We’re always on hand to answer any burning questions you might have about EML mesh for rendering and plastering. If you aren’t sure which size to go for, or which type of EML you should be using for the job, feel free to get in touch on 01706 390626.

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