Processing reinforcement mesh - Instructions

Reinforcement fabrics are used more frequently than ever before. The possible uses are extensive. There are therefore no general instructions for processing. Rather, we have put together several instructions below on how to process and attach a reinforcement fabric.

Task of reinforcements and reinforcement mesh

Reinforcement fabrics have the purpose of stabilizing a subsurface. Mostly when there is a relatively flexible layer underneath. Therefore, for example, a reinforcement fabric is often used for tiles on wood.

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Versatile application when processing reinforcement mesh

In recent years, a reinforcement layer in the external plaster or. increasingly important on the facade. Specifically, it is about applying a reinforcement layer to the insulation, i.e. an ETICS. So there are completely different ways in which a reinforcement fabric can be used:

  • Fill in reinforcement mesh
  • Apply reinforcement mesh in a reinforcement layer
  • Apply reinforcement fabric temporarily
  • Apply reinforcement mesh in screed or tile adhesive

Instructions for applying and processing reinforcement mesh

Fill in the reinforcement mesh

The filling of reinforcement mesh is used, for example, with dry construction elements. A thin layer of filler is applied and the reinforcement fabric is inserted without creases. Then the reinforcement fabric is filled in such a way that the filler (4.25 € at Amazon *) is vented at the same time. Finally, the filler is roughly smoothed so that the next step, for example the pouring of self-leveling screed, can take place after it has dried.

Apply reinforcement mesh in a reinforcement layer

This procedure describes the production of a reinforcement layer on an ETICS system for a facade. Almost no facade can do without a thermal insulation layer today. The insulation layer is applied, this must be plastered later. But the insulation panels are also flexible and do not form a uniform surface, but are laid flat as panels.

Before the actual plastering, a layer of base plaster must be applied as a reinforcement layer. For this purpose, the reinforcement plaster is applied to the ETICS. Then the reinforcement mats are laid. These should overlap about 10 cm at the joints. Reinforcement fabric made of plastic or fiberglass is often used.

Then the reinforcement is carefully worked into the plaster with a smoothing trowel (€ 6.42 at Amazon *) and pressed in. Finally, the reinforcement layer must dry in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions for use before the actual plaster can be applied.

Apply reinforcement mesh in screed or tile adhesive

The procedure is similar here. Screed (also flowing screed) is applied. The reinforcement is worked into the screed, then this layer has to dry. Only then is the final screed applied or leveled.

When attaching a reinforcement fabric in tile adhesive, there is no waiting until the reinforcement layer has dried. The reinforcement fabric is incorporated in the ongoing process of tiling.

Apply reinforcement fabric temporarily

There are situations, for example in the production of plaster such as interior plaster, where reinforcement is only required temporarily. Corresponding building material manufacturers offer reinforcement mesh, which is placed after a reinforcement layer has been applied. After the reinforcement layer has dried, the fabric is simply peeled off.

Tips & Tricks Reinforcement fabrics are used in a wide variety of ways and also differ in material and properties. You should therefore always take into account the respective instructions for processing the reinforcement fabric that the manufacturer provides.