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diamond mesh netting   square mesh netting
Diamond Mesh   Square Mesh

What is the difference between diamond mesh and square mesh?

Aesthetically, one looks like a succession of diamonds and the other looks like a succession of squares. The main difference between the two is that square mesh netting will naturally hang straight and to exact dimensions without a border installed. Diamond mesh has a lot more "stretch", and must be pulled into place for it to install into exact dimensions when it has no border installed. The reason for these differences is really just a matter of geometry: a square is all 90º angles, while a diamond can be distorted either completely vertically or horizontally.
Basically, someone should consider purchasing non-bordered, diamond mesh netting only if they are seeking general bulk netting that requires the diamond shape (or, if the diamond is preferred). Otherwise, it is highly recommended for installation and ease of use to have a rope-border installed around the perimeter, or get a square mesh panel. Installation of diamond mesh netting that has no border can be very difficult to accomplish correctly and usually means much more time involved while working with the netting.

Diamond Nylon Mesh Netting Advice:

If you order a 10' X 10' piece of "bulk" diamond nylon mesh netting and just lay it on the ground, it will seemingly appear to measure a little over 14' by less than 1' wide. You can pull this netting to 13' X 7', 12' X 8', or 9' X 11' or anything between due to the mesh-distortion that is possible with a diamond. The most functional approach is to hang diamond mesh netting using a perimeter rope border. It's best to have all four sides hung with rope, but you should at least have a rope border on the top side. If you don't want to pay the hanging charge (sewing) of $1 per foot, we do offer 5/16" Braided 100% Dacron® rope in bulk lengths as well.

If you don't want to spend money on sewn-in rope borders you can use zip ties, cable ties or other fasteners, keeping in mind that you'll need to attach netting often so it doesn't droop too much.

When hanging "bulk" diamond mesh netting without borders, it will look something like the series of diagrams shown below:

First, you will need to attach one of the upper corners. Next, attach the other side. To prevent the netting drooping in the middle, attach the center part of netting to the center of the rope, zip tie, cable tie, etc.

You will need to continue attaching the middle of netting until it starts taking shape or until you are happy with how it looks.

To avoid having to attach every mesh on a Diamond Mesh panel, the use of rope or twine is suggested. Rope can be strung through the meshes of the netting panel to have it hang correctly.
The only way to have the panel itself hang correctly is to attach almost every mesh.

When ordering Diamond Mesh panels, it's recommended that a full perimeter rope border be installed for ease of use.

Square Nylon Mesh Netting Advice:

When you order square mesh netting it will measure exactly how you order it. When using square mesh it is not necessary to use rope borders unless you have attachment points that are far apart then you would need border ropes and might be better off purchasing diamond mesh with rope borders.

The cost is higher for square mesh netting. The cost of diamond mesh netting with borders may be lower than square mesh netting without borders.

The biggest advantage of square mesh netting is how it looks when hung in place, it always looks good and is easier to install if you choose not to use borders.

A 20' square mesh netting panel might look something like the first diagram below, there will be a little sag in the middle until you attach more points, when you have attached netting every 3' - 4' it should look like the second diagram.

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