Architects use hatch patterns in their drawings to represent different materials and to make their drawings easier to read.

Material hatches were traditionally drawn by hand so it was important that each drafter was consistent in how they drew the hatch symbols. However, as we have transitioned to computer design software like AutoCAD and Revit, designers can simply select the hatch from a library and make modifications to the scale, angle, or fill region. Keep in mind that some office have their own standards, but the hatches shown below are very common across the industry.

Material Hatch Patterns in Architecture

There are a wide array of hatches used in construction documents, but some of the more common architectural material symbols are shown below.

Earthwork and Soil Hatch Patterns

Earth - Rock

Earth Rock Hatch Pattern

Compacted Fill

Compacted Fill Hatch Pattern


Gravel Hatch Pattern


Sand Hatch Pattern

Concrete Hatch Pattern


Concrete Hatch Pattern

Masonry and Stone Hatch Patterns


Brick Hatch Pattern

Concrete Masonry Unit

Concrete Masonry Unit Hatch Pattern


Grout Hatch Pattern

Metal Hatch Patterns


Steel Hatch Pattern


Aluminum Hatch Pattern

Brass or Bronze

Brass or Bronze Hatch Pattern

Wood Hatch Patterns


Plywood Hatch Pattern

Finish Wood (Section)

Finished Wood (Section) Hatch Pattern

Wood Finished Face

Wood Finished Face Hatch Pattern

Wood Framing

Wood Framing Hatch Pattern

Wood Blocking

Wood Blocking Hatch Pattern

Insulation Hatch Patterns

Rigid Insulation

Rigid Insulation Hatch Pattern

Batt Insulation

Batt Insulation Hatch Pattern

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