If you're going to the effort of building a retaining wall, feature wall, water feature or even letterbox using a rock filled gabion basket, you want to know it's going to last. After all, this is going to be a feature of your outdoor area and if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right.
One of the most basic but crucial aspects of your gabion basket is making sure the rock / stone you are going to fill it with, actually stays in the basket. Here's what I mean: The baskets by design are a steel mesh in grid form, therefore there are consistent gaps between the steel cross beams. The gaps between the mesh wire of the gabion basket is called it's aperture
The gap between the steel cross beams of wire mesh vary from manufacturer to manufacturer in both shapes and sizes. Some manufacturers promote the use of chicken wire style. There are 2 problems with this:
The thin, low gauge steel wire is very easy to move and bend. This means is that rock filling can manoeuvre the wire. Alarm bells should be going off for you right now. The rock filling can manoeuvre the wire! This means the rock inside the basket can move, stretching the wire, creating weak spots and ultimately creating an inconsistent aperture throughout the basket. An inconsistent aperture now means that there is potential for rock filling to start spilling out of the basket. What a disaster...
The alternative is a strong, high gauge (4 or 5mm) steel basket with a consistent, square aperture. This is what we offer at Gabion Baskets Queensland.
Gabion Baskets Queensland products have have the following aperture:
Basket Size & Aperture = 50 x 50 mm
There are many advantages to smaller mesh size. 2 key advantages include:
Keep these 2 critical points in mind when choosing your basket and associated rock filling. After all, you're putting blood, sweat and tears into your rock basket feature - build something that will not only look spectacular, but last for years to come!