Mortar Net Solutions introduces LathNet™ Drainage Plane System
One-of-a-kind drainage and metal lath system provides easy-to-use, cost-effective drainage solution for adhered masonry veneers
By Art Fox
Mortar Net Solutions, the leading supplier of moisture management solutions for masonry walls, introduced its LathNet™ drainage plane and metal lath system for use with thin brick, stone, stucco, and other types of adhered masonry. Using tried-and-true materials familiar to all adhered masonry installers, the system provides a faster, easier installation method than installing lath and drainage mesh separately.
Assembled in Indiana from 100-percent USA-made materials for consistently high quality, LathNet can be attached with staples, nails or screws just like a standard lath. Other benefits include: Full lath encapsulation without clogging the drainage plane; the drainage mesh acts as a mortar barrier to prevent bridging; and unrestricted air and moisture flow behind the lath to help promote rapid draining and drying.
“Masonry professionals know that moisture is the number one cause of masonry wall failures, and they also know the damage those failures can do to their reputations,”
said Art Fox, marketing manager at Mortar Net Solutions. “LathNet is the first product of its kind to reduce designer and contractor risk by combating moisture issues in adhered masonry walls with a solution that’s easy-to-use and highly effective, plus it can significantly reduce installation costs compared to using separate components.”
LathNet features include a factory-assembled combination of self-furring, 2.5-pound G-60 galvanized expanded steel metal lath and 90-percent open weave polyester drainage mesh. LathNet is available in nominal 27-inch-wide by 97-inch-long panels that cover approximately 17.3 square feet. Options include 3.4-pound, self-furring dimpled steel mesh and 0.4-inch (10 mm) thick drainage mesh.
For more information, visit mortarnet.com/products/lathnet.
About the Author
Art Fox has been the head of marketing for Mortar Net Solutions since 2012. He helped introduce the original MortarNet to the masonry industry back in 1992 and has been involved in the growth of the company for the last 25 years. Between 1974 and 1977, he was a lead foreman for a construction company in Albuqueque, NM and from 1977 to 1979, he ran his own residential and light commercial construction and remodeling company.