This post is to give you the basic differences between the poly mesh products sold at Trendy Tree. It gives general information about products.
Synthetic poly when talking about mesh, simply means “plastic.” Poly mesh is a mesh, fabric like plastic with an open weave.
Some mesh products will have a tighter weave than others. Generally the cheaper the mesh, the more open the weave and the less coverage you have. The more dense the mesh and the more foil in the mesh results in a heavier mesh product that covers better and is usually more expensive.
All plastic products fade in sunlight. Some plastic or poly mesh rolls may fade faster than other, it just all depends on the length of time exposed and the elements. We have not seen any way to predict how long a mesh product will hold it’s color or shape.
Poly mesh products come in several sizes: 2.5″ 4″ 10″ 21″ and many, many colors and combination colors.
Solid Deco Poly Mesh® is solid color mesh that is plain and has no foil. It is available in many colors and widths. It is may be synthetic poly material (plastic) and has good resistance to moisture, but as with any plastic product, will fade in direct weather.
Two Tone Deco Poly Mesh® is made of two colors of poly and it contains no foil. The weave is the same as the solid poly mesh. The mesh pictured above is called Purple Haze and is made of a combination of red and lavender poly. You can see the two colors in the closeup below.
Metallic Foil Mesh may sometimes be listed as just metallic foil, or descriptions may say laser foil. Laser foil is usually just a bit more shiny and may cost a little more. The foil strips in the mesh are narrow and spaced usually less than half an inch apart in the weave. This sometimes gives a bit of a striped look. The foil strips may be the same color as the poly mesh, or they may be different. Metallic foil mesh comes in all sorts of solid colors and patterns including stripes, plaids and checks.
Snowball Metallic Mesh is poly synthetic mesh with foil strips and additional little puffs of material that makes the mesh have a snowball or popcorn look. It is available in 10″ and 21″ width and only two colors right now: white and a red/white combination.
Wide Foil Deco Poly Mesh has strips of foil that are wider than the strips of foil in metallic poly mesh. The more foil in a product, usually the more expense. Wide foils come in all sorts of solid colors and patterns.
Most of the deluxe mesh just has more foil per roll. It may be a solid color with more strips of the narrow foil or stripes or it may even have a strip of foil in each weave. The deluxe foils and wide foils yield the best coverage as they are more dense and less see through. Deluxe mesh comes in all sorts of solid colors and stripes.
This roll of red with lime green strip, has narrow strips of foil, they they are woven into each space of the poly.
Vertical Line Deco Poly Mesh is an all poly, no foil product. The difference is, some of the strips in the mesh are wider than others. This gives the poly almost a nubby appearance and more texture. It covers better than just solid or two tone mesh. Vertical line mesh comes in several solid colors and sizes.
This style of mesh has been discontinued however, and once our supplies are gone we won’t be able to get any more unless it is revived by the company.
Deco Paper Mesh is made of paper. It does have a coating on it that helps it to resist moisture somewhat, but it is still made of paper and should be used in areas well protected by the elements or used inside.
Paper mesh has a unique look with it’s thick weave. It resembles burlap in it’s texture and thickness. Deco Paper Mesh comes in solids, checks and color combinations.
There is also a crisscross pattern in the paper mesh that gives it an almost Houndstooth look, especially in the black and white styles.
Poly Jute Mesh is a combination of poly and jute thread. We have two styles (two different manufacturers) on Trendy Tree.
This image of the Poly Jute Mesh looks much like the paper mesh listed above. The weave is similar as is the thickness. It is made of poly with a jute thread woven in. Having both the properties of poly and jute make it a choice for outside projects. Our color choices are only the natural right now but hopefully other colors will be available soon.
This poly jute mesh is also a combination of poly with a jute thread woven in. It is available in several colors, but the jute thread is always the natural color.
Cotton Windowpane Mesh is made from cotton fibers. It is a very open weave, has some stiffness to it and only comes in the 21″ width. It works best for indoor projects or in very well protected areas away from the weather. It works better to use this as a contrast or additional texture to a project rather than the basis of project.
Poly Burlap Mesh is a mesh product that resembles burlap in appearance but is made of poly. It looks very much like the Deco Paper Mesh and Poly Jute Mesh.
Poly Burlap Mesh comes in solid colors, patterns and several different sizes. Since it is made of all poly, it’s an excellent product to use outside. It is a bit stiffer and thicker than any of the other poly mesh products making it a little more difficult to handle due to it’s bulk. Poly Burlap Mesh resembles the Deco Paper Mesh and Poly Jute Mesh in it’s texture and weave.
Faux Burlap is a product made to resemble finer woven burlap, but is made of Polyester. It’s more like a fabric roll and works as a excellent contrast product in creations. It lays flat when rolled out which makes it nice for table decorations and chair tie backs. It is available in several colors and patterns and sizes. Some of the Faux Burlap has a metallic thread.
This isn’t by any means all the different products we stock at Trendy Tree, but they are the most common ones in the mesh line. We’re ask from time to time if we have samples and I’m sorry, but this isn’t something that is available right now. We have suggested to the manufacturer that they come up with a sample pack which would be extremely helpful to online buyers. It’s not always easy to choose a color based on what you see on a computer screen and we understand that. Maybe we’ll have a sample pack some day in the future.
Just let us know anytime you have any questions and we’ll be happy to assist.