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The composition of Termimesh stainless steel termite mesh

Termimesh have been producing stainless steel termite mesh for around 30 years. In fact, we invented the product and the sector. That puts us in a unique position, where we have the knowledge, products and processes to help architects and builders looking for superior protection of their projects and investment.

Understanding the difference

Please make no mistake about it, Termimesh are here to help architects and commercial builders protect their projects, their reputations and the significant investment that is made by their companies, and their clients.

“After three decades in the construction sector, we understand the pressures of the market and the priorities of architects and builders. We base our approach on two things - Authenticity and the truth. And then on proving the capability of our products and the strengths of our people and processes.” - James Damianopoulos – TMA Corporation Director and COO

True protection only comes with the backing of superior materials, proven performance, a legacy of product development and good people who really know their stuff, and understand construction. We don’t use the term ‘superior’ lightly, and for us it means superior to alternatives, and delivering a product that exceeds the standards set by the industry.

Here, we’ll help give you the knowledge to help you make well informed decisions based on a clear understanding of Termimesh, and a focus on long term protection.

Key notes for Architects

If you don’t have time to read the full article now, take a look at this summary of the key points for architects.

TMA Corporation Pty Ltd maintains and holds the intellectual property rights for the Termimesh System.

The Termimesh System uses TMA725 stainless steel mesh specification, superior to grade 316 listed in Section 6 of AS 3660.1-2014.

TMA725 typically has more than twice the molybdenum content of 316 stainless steel alloy. This ensures corrosion resistance to harsh construction environments and chemicals such as brick cleaning acid.

For the Termimesh System, the mesh is produced by an associated company that is ISO 9001-2008 certified by Bureau Veritas.

We have a direct involvement in the whole process from the stainless steel alloy production, wire drawing, weaving of the mesh to installation into a building. 

Alternative stainless steel mesh offerings with Chinese manufactured mesh are now available in Australia. Chinese mesh is often not what it is claimed to be because of quality issues with the stainless steel alloy certification and weaving practices.

A low standard weaving process a single wire can be easily compromised making the mesh barrier ineffective.

Understanding high quality steel mesh

For architects and commercial builders looking for no-compromise and ongoing protection of their buildings and investment, it is important to understand the quality of the product that is specified.

At Termimesh, we use our own proprietary stainless steel specification, TMA725. This is an austenitic grade of stainless steel with a molybdenum content over twice that of 316 stainless steel. This ensures Termimesh delivers performance that is superior to 316 or 316L and far exceeds the requirements of the Australian Standard.

“The value we add for architects and construction companies comes from a combination of sector expertise, superior product and well tested installation processes. We’re here to help architects and builders fully understand these factors, and how they benefit immediately, and in the long term.” -  Anthony D’Amico – Termi Home & Commercial Operations Manager, Perth WA

Dedicated research and development led us to this unique grade to ensure the necessary corrosion resistance to the harsh construction environment and the chemicals commonly used on-site.

The quality of stainless steel alloys differs markedly in composition and other stainless steel mesh termite barriers may not live up to the claims that are made and may not be physically capable of providing ongoing protection. Often this lack of performance is due to inferior corrosion resistance.

Molybdenum levels

A stainless steel barrier with less than 2.5% molybdenum in composition is not compliant to the Australian Standard. Understanding the importance of this critical alloy property is central to a true understanding of effective and dependable steel mesh products.

Be wary of any termite barrier that claims to have a protection coating or ‘special engineering’. This type of language in our sector should be considered as a clear warning that the alloy itself is not capable of withstanding corrosion resistance in the building environment.

Architects and builders need to ask the question “how much moly does your mesh contain”

Termimesh production & testing

Our own Termimesh TMA725 stainless steel mesh is made ‘in-house’ by an associated company that is ISO 9001-2008 certified by Bureau Veritas, a leading, global, testing and certification organisation.

These are the lengths we go to, to firstly ensure that above-standard protection is provided, and then to make sure that the discerning architects and builders we partner with, are getting a product that meets their own priorities and high standards.

We arrange for the stainless steel alloy to be custom made, drawn into wire and woven into mesh. We oversee and certify the entire process from the alloy production and wire drawing to the mesh weaving and on site installation.

All stages of our processes are subject to rigorous and independent audits and are certified to ISO 9001-2016 (Quality Management Systems).

The Termimesh timeline

We didn’t achieve our construction-grade products quickly. It took time, dedication and plenty of research and development, plus onsite experience and long term trusted partnerships to develop into the leading name in this sector. 

We’re proud of our history, and ultimately, it proves our commitment to steel mesh termite protection, and delivering a product that is worthy of the trust we have earned from architects and commercial builders around the country.

For those who don’t yet know the Termimesh story, this timeline gives a summary of the journey.

1989 A steel mesh termite barrier is conceived. A world first!

1990 Termimesh Australia Pty Ltd is founded. 

1990 - 92 Extensive product research and development

1992 Installation of our mesh in Hawaii 

1992 The Service Centre network is started in Perth, Western Australia 

1994 The Termimesh Warranty Fund is established providing independent backing to our warranties

1995 Our Service Centre network expands throughout Australia 

1995 Organochlorine termiticides are banned in Australia

1995 The first Termimesh overseas Service Centre opens in Hawaii

1996 And then in Singapore

1998 And then in Japan too

2001 Termimesh Australia Pty Ltd becomes TMA Corporation Pty Ltd

2001 We enter into a USA Joint Venture in Texas and Florida

2004 Our pest management division is established

2007 We start operating in France

2010 Termimesh Vietnam is established

2011 Termimesh Service Centres rebrand to Termi Home & Commercial

The Termimesh commercial building team is represented across Australia and we’re here to help architects and commercial builders understand our products, company and people. When we have established understanding based on facts and case studies, then our people are here to help make the specification process smooth. 

If you have questions or challenges, please contact our people anytime.

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