October 2017 - Stamped Artistry

A Second Dining Room with a Stamped Concrete Patio

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Well-designed stamped concrete has the ability to transform any area to which it’s applied. Stamped concrete can make a pool deck, or even a driveway glamorous. Your dining room can be both durable and stylish, ready to impress guests, as well as handle their messes. So, with all that stamped concrete can do to brighten and stylize your dining area, why not turn another area of your home into a dining-worthy space?

Transform Your Patio for Dining

As proud as you may be of your dining room indoors and how well you care for it, have you ever wished that your patio was attractive enough to entertain guests the way you do in that dining room? When the weather is mild and pleasant, many people find dining outdoors to be a nice experience. You can transform that dinner into a full-fledged patio party with lights and candles, and then take the fun and food to the fire pit for s’mores.

A stamped concrete patio is a significant step in making this happen. In terms of appearance, you can have almost any stain and pattern that you want. You can match the general outward appearance of your home, or create a new look for the space. The concrete sets the tone for anything else with which you decorate.

Stamped and stained concrete can withstand the elements, too. When the weather is not appropriate for outdoor dining, the floor will be ready when it is. It will resist wind, rain, sun, and whatever is thrown at it. All you need to do is clean it gently from time to time, and that is easy to do, too.

If you like to entertain, create another space for it. Take advantage of those beautiful days and nights; create a second dining room with a stamped concrete patio. Call us at Stamped Artistry and ask us how we can help you achieve this.

Effects of Epoxy Flake Sizes

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Epoxy flake or chip coatings are popular ways to spice up the floors of commercial showrooms, garages, and some residential work floors. You have seen them in many service areas and may wonder what, precisely, gives them their look. There is a wide variety of possibilities for epoxy flakes and flooring, which is one of the things that makes them popular. Among the details that gives them a certain appearance, flake sizes can make a significant difference.

The Basic Makeup

Epoxy flake flooring is typically made of pigmented coating that holds the colorful flakes in the first layer. Once that initial layer is dry, another is added, and that second layer may have more flakes, or may be a clear seal. The flakes are called polymer flakes, or color chips. They’re made of paint that maintains its consistency in other paints.

The flakes come in a few standard sizes that can be mixed to please the owner. While the mixes can combine for hundreds of possible variations, flake size can make a big difference. It can affect the coating texture, color contrasts, overall style, and how well the floor hides the appearance of dirt.

The smallest flake size often creates a shining look that resembles glittering quartz, or sand. Due to the miniscule size of the flakes, they are not very noticeable from some angles, and so don’t provide much color contrast. The floor sometimes has a rough feel if the topcoat is thin.

Larger flakes create more contrast, while remaining subtle. Some of the mid-sized flakes make it easier to hide dirt, debris, and scuffs, which make them better suited to some for locations where that matters. Also, larger flake sizes often create a vintage or “retro” style to the floor.

Call us at Stamped Artistry. We can tell you all you need to know about epoxy flake sizes and how they’re used. We can also show you examples of the best usage for the flakes and install your perfect floor.