My experience with hardware cloth was that it was flimsy. As in coming apart at the 'joints' where the wires crossed. Brand new stuff from a home depot. Are there other 'brands' out there that could withstand more than the pressure from a hand being pressed against it? Is hardware cloth predator-proof? Even if it was stronger than what I experienced, how does one go about attaching it to other parts of the coop (wood)? Staples? What are some other alternatives to hardware cloth? How come I see it being used over chicken wire/poultry netting? Thanks!