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Metal Mesh Panels as Climbing Aids

FassadenGrün sells small and medium-sized climbing aids made of stainless steel. But for larger areas and longer wall surfaces, wire mesh panels (often used in making metal fences) and metal mesh grids are a better option. They can be used as an inexpensive climbing aid for retaining walls, noise barriers, parking garages, and other buildings. Further examples can be found in the section on parking garages. The next chapter will deal with "modular trellises."

Metal grid for climbing roses
Metal grid for climbing roses

Various Metal Mesh Panels/Grids

Metal 'mesh panels' (or mesh grids) are well suited to build climbing aids for plants on facades. They are otherwise used for fences and partitions and are made of hot-dipped galvanized steel. Concrete reinforcement mats can also be used; these are very cost effective. Side grids of gabion lattices can be purchased individually and used as a trellis. They're mostly made of galvanized steel but can sometimes be found in stainless steel; because of the narrow mesh, they are a little more expensive. Architects must decide on a case-by-case basis which type of grid or wire mesh is best suited as a trellis! 

Please heed the following:

Facade mounted steel panels/mats should not be climbable for safety reasons. This can also be achieved by planting thorny plants at their base (climbing roses, for example). To prevent injuries, the trellis should, if possible, not have any protruding ends. 


FassadenGrün itself does not sell wire mesh panels or mesh grids, but you'll easily find suppliers by browsing with your favorite search engine (fence system suppliers, such as Betafence, Wire Driller, Gawron, or Legi). If the wire diameters are 8 mm or smaller, you can use our wall mounts to install them on the façade.

Double mesh panels as a climbing support

Double metal mesh panels/grids are very stiff and can be used as trellises for climbing plants.

Parking garage with plant growing aids, 2009,  Franz-Andres-Street in Halle // Saxony-Anhalt
The same greening project 2 years later (2011)
Façade with fence panels used as training aids for plants. Shopping markets in Unstrut. Clematis vitalba
Growing aid on a shore-wall in Bernburg / Saxony-Anhalt
Trellis for a clematis on a shopping market
Training aid for grapevine
Fence panels used as a training aid for an akebia
Meteorological surveillance station with fence panels and clematis montana
Wall greening
Greened house with several strains of euonymus, public space
Clematis and training aid
parking garage, ivy on fence panels

Reinforcement Mats as Trellises

Reinforcement mats (mesh panels) are cheap and an easy solution for building a climbing aid for plants on a large wall surface.

Large training aid for grapevine made of reinforcement meshes. The different paint behind the plant makes it shine even more
The same greening with grapevine, in summer
reinforcement mesh used as a trellis for roses
Grid mesh (fence) panel used as a trellis system for climbing hydrangea
Steel mesh mats for climbing plants on a house gable
Trellis structure made of metal mesh grids/mats
Reinforcement mesh used as a trellis on a noise barrier wall
Climbing grid for roses on stair pillars
Metal grid mat for clematis

Other grids mats as climbing supports

Gabion mesh, metal bar panels, etc.. can all be used to build trellises in facade greening projects.

Trellis grid with roses used as protection agains graffiti
Metal grid with ivy against graffiti
Wavy steel grid with ivy used as a wall of a bus stop
Gabion grids used as climbing aids for roses
Fence elements used as climbing aids
Steel grids used for greening, tramway station in Leipzig-Knautkleeberg / Saxony