May 30, 2024

The Unique Beauty and Benefits of Wood Grain Aluminum by Keystone Ridge Designs

It can go by many names – wood grain aluminum, faux wood, powder coated wood grain, wood grain powder coating, etc., but at Keystone Ridge Designs, it is called KeyshieldArtTM and it has become a sought-after site furniture design choice and an enduring example of the company’s dedication to product innovation. Through a proprietary process of fusing imagery into powder coated metal, this custom finish technology seamlessly combines the timeless elegance of wood with the durability of aluminum, redefining the possibilities for outdoor design and landscape architecture.

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The Look of Wood, the Strength of Aluminum

Wood has long been revered for its warmth, texture, and organic appeal. However, its susceptibility to weathering, warping, and maintenance challenges has often limited its outdoor applications. Aluminum, on the other hand, is renowned for its durability, lightweight nature, and resistance to corrosion. Keystone Ridge Designs merges these qualities by imprinting the natural grain patterns of wood onto powder coated aluminum, creating a material that embodies the best of both worlds. When this KeyshieldArtTM process is applied to the tubing used for bench slats, it results in a realistic and resilient alternative to traditional wood park benches.

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Unmatched Durability

One of the standout features of wood grain aluminum site furniture is its exceptional durability and longevity. Unlike traditional wood products, which can deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements, wood grain aluminum slats are impervious to moisture, rot, UV rays, and insects. This makes it an ideal choice for outdoor furnishings that require minimal upkeep while maintaining their aesthetic appeal for years to come.

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Versatility in Design

Keystone Ridge Designs offers a wide range of site furnishings that feature the faux wood grain effect, including benches, tables, trash receptacles, and more. Specific products that regularly utilize wood grain slats are the Creekview and Rosedale product series. The Breakwater, Enzo, Schenley, Robinson, Everett, and Loma products also frequently get customized with wood grain aluminum slats.

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When it comes to color, options are available to mimic the intricate patterns and textures of various wood species. Keystone Ridge Designs’ standard color palette includes Cherry Flame, Antique Oak, Oriental Beech, Knotty Pine, and Weathered Gray.

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With complete customization capabilities, designers can also stretch their imagination to achieve their desired look whether it be different products, a different wood grain variation, or utilizing custom graphics to create other distinct illustrations or design patterns.

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Sustainability at Its Core

In addition to its durability, KeyshieldArtTM powder coated wood grain aluminum is also an environmentally friendly option. Not only does it prevent the harvesting of trees, but the powder coating process in general is an eco-friendly, HAPS-free finishing process with little waste. Aluminum also is a highly recyclable material, further promoting Keystone Ridge Designs’ sustainable practices in the design industry. This commitment to sustainability extends to the site furniture and KeyshieldArtTM manufacturing processes, ensuring that the making of all products has minimal waste and a reduced impact on the environment.

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A Testament to Innovation

As pioneers in this site furniture finishing process, Keystone Ridge Designs' KeyshieldArtTM wood grain powder coating technology represents a leap forward in custom site furniture manufacturing and sustainable outdoor design. By combining the natural beauty of wood with the strength of aluminum, they have created an exclusive line of faux wood benches and other furnishings that are not only visually appealing but also highly functional and long-lasting. Whether used in parks, campuses, retail, or urban settings, this unique metallic woodcraft stands as a testament to innovation in the site furnishings industry.

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