This material comes in a flat box and the edges are usually mangled. Do not plan on perfection or an exact 36x48. The wires are not welded but merely crimped over each other allowing for the piece to be expanded or contracted to increase or decrease the size as needed. I expanded the material to 55" by compressing along the short side and capturing it in a frame with a stop. The squares are no longer "Squares" but still give the same look. Cutting is easy with a grinder cut-off wheel and a straight edge or wire cutters. Caution sharp edges.