SAS Mesh | Expanded Metalwork


Whether driven by aesthetic needs or smoke extraction requirements, mesh is an increasingly popular tile option. SAS has been manufacturing expanded metalwork for decades and recently launched a new range of mesh options. In order of appearence (right) they are Celtic, Tene, Brig, Tara, Kells and Vix.

System features

Specified for its texture and pattern, the main features of SAS International mesh panels include:

  • Compatible with multiple SAS systems
  • Available in six new patterns and the full range of RAL colours
  • Incorporates M&E services and complex building layouts
  • Adjustable to bespoke designs

Compatible Systems

SAS systems compatible with mesh are:

Non-standard, bespoke options can also be manufactured to specification. For more information on bespoke mesh patterns and applications, please contact our technical design team.

Lighting and Integration

Various effects can be achieved using PPC and light location. From discreet illumination to bold up-lighting, the reflective nature of expanded metal provides multiple possibilities.

Like other suspended metal ceilings, the system can also be designed with cut outs for lights and sensors. For precise and secure integration, flanged lights and vents are recommended, independently supported from the ceiling.


Mesh is an excellent architectural material because of its textured surface providing depth and visual interest. The appearance of mesh changes when viewed from different angles defined as ‘open view’ and ‘closed view’. The ‘open view’ allows light to pass through the gaps while the ‘closed view’ reflects light on the surface depending on the viewer's perspective.

Specifying mesh viewing angles is important for effective up lighting, back lighting or natural light reflection in buildings.


The mesh manufacture process results in the material having a different appearance depending on which face is visible. Tiles are manufactured with the “A Face” visible as standard but if desired the “B face” could be specified as the finished face.

The “A” side of the tile is smoother with more gentle curves while the “B” side has a more pronounced texture. Depending on aesthetic preference, specifiers will need to choose their preferred visible face.


Mesh can be designed in a wide range of patterns including round, square, diamond and hexagonal designs.

For best results, mesh should be specified with the long-way pattern direction across the tile width to maximise the strength of the material. Specification considerations for mesh include:

  • Visible face (‘A’ face as standard)
  • Open view orientation
  • Longway direction (across width as standard)
  • Pattern selection
  • Finishes and integration requirements

System drawings

SAS Mesh System Drawings


Mesh Projects

  • St. Patrick's College, Dublin

  • One New Change, London