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"Artistic Alloys and Design, LLC is dedicated to delivering the best designs, materials, engineering and craftsmanship to provide our clients with world class results to set the standard by which other metal fabricators compare themselves."

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Artistic Alloys is a custom metal fabrication company in Phoenix, AZ providing welding services, custom metal fabrication, Iron entry doors, custom entry doors, custom wrought iron gates, other metal gates, custom fireplaces, custom commercial kitchen metal fabrication, driveway gates, custom iron staircase railings, walk gates, commercial restaurant accessories, custom mailboxes, custom metal business signs and commercial entry doors, oven hoods & custom kitchen accessories, park add-ons, custom wine rooms, metal walls & tables, steel windows and doors and commercial doors and windows.

As one of the leaders in the custom metal fabricating industry, our experience paired your design ideas will ensure a finished product better then you had hoped for. We only use the highest quality metals in our projects, such as iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper and zinc.

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At Artistic Alloys, we aspire to raise the bar for our competitors. We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces, whether it's for the home or for your business. We have the tools to bring any project to life.

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Our priority is offering the absolute highest quality service, designing, engineering, fabrication and custom finishes. We "push the envelope" on design, function and completely unique innovation.

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Artistic Alloys & Design was founded by Scott La Zar to provide businesses, developers and homeowners with artistically designed metal fabrication products that are unique, one-of-a-kind works of art which enhance the beauty of any design project. Mr. La Zar has been in the industry for over 20 years bringing his vast knowledge base of creative design implementations to countless satisfied customers.

Pride and reputation is instilled in every project we perform and throughout our employees, vendors and clients. Excellence in our unique business is quality not quantity. Every creation we produce is fully and completely guaranteed to perform, withstand and enhance all applications and duties they are designed for.
Thank you for your time and interest in Artistic Alloys & Design. Please browse through our projects to see if our designs spark an idea for your environment. I hope for the opportunity to accommodate you.

Sincerely, Scott

What I Offer

What I Offer

  • "One of a kind" design
  • Extreme quality welding
  • Unique fabrication
  • Stellar service

Types of Metal

If you are searching for the different “types of metal“, this post should help! You may be interested as to what the various types of metal are. Keep reading to learn more.

Below are the different types of metal in greater detail:

Copper

Copper is reddish-brown in color and is found on all kinds of home décor like sinks and lighting. Look for copper on higher quality cookware because of its exceptional heat conductivity. Copper can also patina to a greenish-blue over time due to oxidation. To stop this from happening (especially if the copper is going to be used outdoors), use carnauba wax and lacquer or coat with beeswax.

Wrought Iron

Wrought iron refers to metal that has been forged, hammered or bent into shape, instead of being poured or cast. As a result, it has a more roughed up surface than other metals. Wrought iron is usually used to make lighting fixtures, rustic beds, fireplace accessories, stair railings, residential gates, and more.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is an alloy of chromium, iron, carbon, and other types of metals. Stainless steel is found on fixtures and furniture all over the home, from kitchen and island sinks, to accent tables and chairs. Chromium doesn’t rust, oxidize, or corrode and is an easily maintained material. It is also much durable than its lookalike, aluminum.

Aluminum

Aluminum is similar in appearance to stainless steel, but it is less strong and lighter than steel. It can be used as a low-cost substitute to steel. Aluminum also doesn’t rust, but it does oxidize, developing a chalky white residue. Aluminum is also frequently used in outdoor furniture.

Brass

Brass is a yellowish, gold-like alloy of copper and zinc, brass is typically found on lighting and fixtures like faucets, light fixtures, knobs, and shelving. Although brass has a luxurious appearance, its maintenance is relatively low. Mild soap and water will keep it clean. As solid brass can be a little pricey, look for plated brass for a more budget-friendly cost.

Custom Metal Installations Phoenix

Artistic Alloys & Design, LLC is Phoenix, Arizona’s # 1 source for custom one of a kind metal installations.  We work close together with our clients to fulfill their vision for metal entry doors, driveway gates, range hoods, or any other type of decorative metal feature. Call us at 480-490-2935 or CONTACT US here.

 

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Stainless Steel Countertop Pros & Cons

Stainless steel countertops are the gold standard in commercial kitchens.  This is due to the fact they are durable and easy to clean.

More and more homeowners are seeing the benefits of installing stainless steel kitchen countertops in their homes.

As with anything there are pros and cons to installing this material of countertop in your home.  Read about the pros and cons of stainless steel countertops in this post.

Stainless Steel Countertop Pros

When you install stainless steel countertops you’ll enjoy many benefits of such a durable material.  Families love this material as it won’t stain if a brightly colored drink is spilled or the kids decide to try to make mom breakfast in bed.

Naturally Hygienic

Stainless steel isn’t porous like wood, stone, or concrete.  It is impossible for liquids, mold, or bacteria to seep into it and ruin the countertop.

Easy To Clean

As stainless steel is a non-porous material and germs, liquids, and other solids cannot seep into the metal cleaning is easy, quick, and effective.

Durable Surface

Stainless steel looks great and is also heat, water, and stain resistant.  This means that your countertop can last for many years and still look great.

Won’t Chip or Crack

Many surfaces such as tile, formica, and even wood can be chipped, cracked, or gouged. Stainless steel stays strong and looking great for years.

Elegantly Unique Look

Stainless steel’s high polish reflective surface mirrors the colors of paint and wood tones around it.  Each countertop is custom measured and fitted.

Illusion Of Extra Space

As your countertop reflects and mirrors its surroundings it will give the illusion that your kitchen is bigger than it is making your home feel bigger.

Stainless Steel Countertop Cons

There are a couple potential cons when it comes to installing stainless steel countertops.  Stainless steel can be scratched, dented, and is prone to showing fingerprints or smudges.  Owners who take care of their home and have a regular cleaning schedule minimize these cons drastically.

Can Be Scratched

While metal is strong it can be stretched.  If a diamond ring is dragged against it or another type of material it can leave starches in the surface.

Can Be Dented

This is probably the least likely outcome as it does take some fairly serious force to dent stainless steel.  If a large stock pot or cast iron skillet is dropped it can dent your countertop.

Shows Fingerprints

Just like stainless steel appliances greasy fingerprints can show.  However if owners wipe down their stainless steel countertops after cooking each evening the kitchen will be gleaming in the morning.

Schedule A Stainless Steel Countertop Consultation

If you’d like to order a stainless steel countertop Artistic Alloys & Design is here to help!  We offer completely unique and custom stainless steel countertops.  We work with our clients to realize their individual needs and desires for the style of their home.  All of our work is built to last with the very best welding available anywhere.  Call today to learn more about how you can have a stainless steel countertop install in your property.

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Does Wrought Iron Rust?

A lot of customers when choosing a material for gates, stairs, and doors ask, “Does wrought iron rust?”  Wrought iron, when cared for property lasts a lifetime.  It is shaped under high heat, is rich in carbon, and is very strong.  It is stronger than cast iron as it is stretched and shaped into its final shape in contrast to being poured into molds like cast iron. This means that should it be exposed to extreme forces it will not break but instead bend.

Wrought Iron is much easier to recondition and repair than cast iron.  So if there is an out of the ordinary impact it can be saved.  Cast iron would likely just need to be replaced.  Rust is the only enemy of wrought iron due to the amount of carbon in the metal.  It does resist rust better than cast iron but lasts longer with the right care and coating.

Wrought Iron Rust Prevention

Quality fencing, gates, doors, railings, and other ornamental iron features of your property should be weatherproofed when installed.  All ornamental wrought iron installations Artistic Alloys & Design provides are coated with durable weatherproof coatings for durability.  So you won’t need to worry about caring for new wrought iron features for a good while.

Cleaning Wrought Iron

If there’s been a lot of wind or dirt has got on your wrought iron rinse it off.  Dirt, dust, or sand left on the wrought iron will grind away at the coating and lead to rust sooner.  Periodically spraying them clean, especially after big storms, will keep the coating intact much longer.

Rust Spot Checking

As your wrought iron ages, it’s a good measure to periodically check for signs of rust.  Solid black coating is a simple way to check to see if you’ve got any rust starting to form.

Wrought Iron Rust Treatment

If you do noticed spots of rust beginning to form you can remove the rust and treat the metal.  First completely remove all signs of rust from the spot or spots.  Then you can re-apply a rust prevention coating.  To prevent further rust some owners coat their wrought iron with linseed oil.

  1. Remove Rust – Use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove the loose paint and all of the rust.
  2. Remove Dust – Completely remove all the dust and debris from the work area.
  3. Clean The Area – Using mineral spirts and a clean cloth clean the area you’re repairing.
  4. Apply Primer – Apply a primer that’s specifically designed to prevent rust.
  5. Apply Paint – Put on a good two coats of paint to the area or whole installation.

By following these steps you can repair wrought iron that’s began to rust and return it to like new condition.  While prevention is easier there’s no reason you can’t recondition wrought iron that’s been neglected by previous owners of your property.

Custom Ornamental Wrought Iron

If you have a property that needs new wrought iron gates, entry doors, stairways, railings, range hoods, or other functional and ornamental metal installations, we can help!  Artistic Alloys & Design is the Phoenix Valley’s most trusted source for completely custom one of a kind metal installations.  We proudly collaborate with our clients to fulfill their vision for entry doors, driveway gates, range hoods, or any other type of ornamental or architectural metal feature for commercial and residential properties.

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Entry Door Remodeling: Tips For Scottsdale Homeowners

If you’re considering an entry door remodel in Scottsdale the below tips should help you.  Acquiring the door you want is simple as giving a call to Artistic Alloys & Design.  We can design and fabricate any type of entry door, from the most basic and practical to the most elaborate and ornamental design you can come up with.  This makes us the go to source for Scottsdale entry doors as we will design, build, and install any style of entry door of your choosing.

Entry Door Remodeling Tips

With a home remodel and improvement project having new entry doors installed takes a small amount of planning.  Preparing for the budget is a big part of it while also deciding what material and design for your home, or business.  The easiest way to get started on installing entry doors in Scottsdale is to have an entry door installation consultation with Artistic Alloys & Design.  We can assist you in selecting your design, materials, and help you create a reasonable budget for your entry door remodel.

Deciding On A Material For Your Door

Entry doors can be made from an assortment of metal alloys, wood, and wrought iron.  Artistic Alloys & Design can build your entry doors from one single type of material or a mixture of them.  We specialize in delivering designs into reality and offer complete custom design and fabrication.

Some common materials entry doors are made of include wood, stainless steel, and wrought iron.  We will help you select the correct material to match your home or business.  Some other architectural elements near your home or business entryway should be integrated into your entry door material selection, so your new entry door will fit into the tone of your home.

Selecting A Design For Your Door

The overall design of your entry door should match the personality of the property.  If it is a place of relaxation, the style of the door should express that story.  On the other hand, if it is an entryway to a diamond store, the door style should be hefty, imposing, and leave absolutely no doubt that the doors are built to endure even the most intrusive abuse.

You’ll able to choose from a wide range of themes that include popular elements from nature, geometric shapes, and other visually elegant design elements. The entry doors we design and build are some of the most impressive in the state of Arizona.  It is our every intention to give our clients the design input and control necessary to get the exact doors they want for their property.

Entry Door Remodel Budget

A big part of getting a custom entry doors is planning for your budget.  While some property owners will simply have the money to pay for the door upfront, others might need to save up a little or take out a home improvement loan.  While just heading down to your local home improvement store or hardware store and picking one up is cheaper, so are the doors they sell.  Investing in a quality made entry door from Artistic Alloys & Design will increase the security, value, and overall appearance of your property.

Get A Free Custom Entry Door Quote

To find out what exactly your entry doors will cost so you can budget properly or get a small home improvement loan you should have our team come out to your property.  Our experts can measure the entryway, go over which materials and design you love, and get you a realistic idea of what it will cost to design and install your new entry doors.  Our quotes always include the full cost of the project including the design, fabrication, delivery, removing the old doors, and installing your brand new custom entry doors.

 

 

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Types of Metal Fabrication

If you are searching for the different “types of fabrication“, this post should help! You may be interested as to what the various types are. Keep reading to learn more.

Fabrication is where you take stock materials and turn its parts to be used in the assembly process. There are a lot of fabrication processes. The most common types are:

  • Folding
  • Cutting
  • Punching
  • Machining
  • Welding
  • Stamping
  • Shearing

Below are the types of fabrication processes in greater detail:

  1. Folding: There are some parts that will need to be bent. A common method for this is using a press brake. It uses a set of dies that will pinch the metal to create a fold. This can only be done during certain cases because of the movement of the part and the shape of the dies. However, designing for lean manufacturing can actually help to prevent any complex shapes that will slow down production times. Sometimes when there are two fabrication types being used, or two pieces fastened together will work better than a single piece that is complicated.
  2. Cutting: There are a lot of ways to cut things today. The old way was a saw. Now cutting can include lasers, water jets, and plasma torches. There is actually a wide range of price and complexity, with some machines costing millions of dollars.
  3. Punching: This where a punch and die will create a scissor effect on metal pieces to create a hole. Yes, the die and punch need to be the same type of size and shape of the desired hole. There are some cases where the main piece of material will be kept, such as when a hole is added for a fastener. Then there are some cases where the piece that happens to be removed is the product wanted which is called blanking.
  4. Machining: This is where metal is removed from material. It could be done using a lathe, which is where the material will rotate on a cutting tool or a cutting machine where the tool is moved in different ways against a stationary part. Drills are part of this category. The range of motion of cutting heads will be defined by the number of axes.
  5. Welding: This is where two pieces of metal are joined together. Different welding types do exist for various applications and metals types that are used in manufacturing.
  6. Stamping: This is similar to punching, except the metal isn’t cut. The die has been shaped to make a raised metal part instead of cutting it.
  7. Shearing: This is a process that is used to make a long cut on metal. It is just like paper cutters with long handles. This is often done on sheet metal.

Fabrication Processes

There are a lot of fabrication processes that are not as common as the ones above. There are even new types being developed daily.One type is referred to as additive technology. This is where a machine will layer materials in order to create parts. It is almost like a 3D printer that prints plastic or other material types. The fabrication processes are often well matched for lean fabrication. The interaction from operators, their motion, and the need to manage their inventory is right up the power alley.

The fabrication processes are often best for implementing autonomation and auto ejector devices. Both of the devices are part of the load-load line. However, there is an area where lean fabrication can really struggle. Some of the really large machines are better matched to the products that are being made. Far too many large machines have a long changeover time which drives up inventory and promotes overproduction for manufacturing. It’s best to use right sized machines and then put them in specific lines if it is possible. That will help to create flow.

One of the biggest issues for the flow of fabrication is the multifunction, large machines that take a bit to change between parts. This drives up the size to create inventory. It also means that the machine can be used to produce various parts for different product lines. Deciding where it should be placed can be an issue. If you decide to include it in one line, even on the biggest line, it can be an issue with other lines. The thing to do in this case is to reduce changeover time so that the machine doesn’t run large amounts of parts. It is at that point that you can reduce the inventory amount that the machine has created. The second thing to do is to move away from purchasing expensive and large machines when a dedicated, smaller one will work. In most cases, small machines can be automated with auto eject and autonomation to make them efficient just like large machines.

Another challenge with linking the assembly and fabrication processes happens to be the process for painting. In some cases, the parts will leave fabrication to be shipped for painting or it goes to the paint center. In each case, the whole flow has been disrupted, and the delays causes more inventory. Using the CI tools that you have can minimize the impact, reduces changeover time, reduces the cure time, makes smaller batches, go into smaller and dedicated paint booths. You need to do what you can to keep the flow.

Artistic Alloys Offers Fabrication Services In Phoenix, Tempe & Scottsdale 

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers metal fabrication services in Phoenix, Tempe & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial fabrication project you have.

 

 

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How To Install A Range Hood Vent

Whenever you decide to become a Hibachi chef and show off for your friends and cook a great meal for your friends and family in your kitchen, ensure that your kitchen is going to be able to handle the steam, oil splashes, and smells from your work. Basically, you will want to ensure that your kitchen space will be completely ready for hardcore cooking so that when everything is said and done, your kitchen feels, smells and looks great.  A big part of that is a range hood and vent system.  This post will show you how to install a range hood vent.

With that being stated, let’s cover the right way to vent your kitchen hood so that you don’t have a bunch of unwanted moisture and messy stains in your kitchen. It is important that you vent your hood which makes sure that any grease, vapors, fats, and smoke that is made when you cook will not cause unsightly stains and unwanted settlement to be on your ceiling of your kitchen.

What A Range Hood Is

A range hood is basically vented using special ducts that will run through your roof and sometimes in the exterior of your home. The duct work is normally done within the walls and it is vital that everything is water and air tight. This means that you won’t have to fix any issues once everything is installed.

If you happen to be adding a range hood and are planning go through your roof, then you will have to have a duct that is properly that will run through your ceiling and inside of your attic as well as though the roof where the right safety precautions will be taken while on the roof.

Range Hood Vent Installation

Installing a roof vent will require you either doing it on your own if you are handy and are able to be safe or hiring a roofing contractor to do it for you.  Artistic Alloys & Design custom designs, fabricates, and installs all of our range hoods for your convenience.  Our team ensures the installation is correct so you get the maximum benefit from your new range hood.

Most ducts will be 10 inches wide and shaped in an accordion round duct. You will also need a 10-inch roof vent, made from painted steel and not plastic. You need to figure out where you are going to place your roof vent, as it needs to be 3 feet from the nearest roof items such as chimneys, skylights, bathroom vents, and away from the valleys of the roof and between rafters.

A roof vent that is not installed correctly can cause roof leaks which means that you have to repair the roof to deal with the issue.

Also, you want to make sure that your kitchen vent is 5 feet your roof eaves. That means 5 feet from the slope of the roof and away from the edge.

Once you have found the right location for your vent and it has been marked, drill a hole into your roof from the inside of your attic which is located between 2 rafters. Once the hole is drilled, you will have to cut the right sized opening to fit the hood vent either round or square shaped based on the design.

Once the hole has been cut, you will need to remove the roof shingles on the sides of the opening and at least 3 rows above the hole. This allows you to apply flashing to your hood vent.

Install your vent and then seal the underneath of the flange using roofing caulk or sealant. Then you will need to add flashing on both sides and above the vent, then add the shingles. You will need to seal between the top of the flange and the bottom of the shingles. That is all there is to it. Now connect your duct to the roof vent.

The overall procedure for a range hood vent in a metal roof is going to be similar to asphalt shingle roof, but it will be much easier to work with when compared to shingles. So, if you happen to have a metal roof, then it is recommended that you hire a professional to install the vent. Most regular roofers are not really trained to do the work correctly, and most of the times they will damage your metal roof.

Installing a Hood vents through outside walls

This is very similar to installing your vent through your roof, but it’s a bit different.

It is assumed that there is vinyl siding on your home, and for any other siding types the installation is quite similar. You are going to need the right ducts as well as a vinyl vent. You can also use a dryer vent too, but it could be too small as a typical dryer vent is only 4 inches wide.

You can purchase a vinyl mounting box that comes in 12 inches by 18 inches. You will need to cut a round hole at the right size for your duct. Then attach the vent using the mounting box using flat head screws that are quite long and do this between 2 inches and 3 inches apart around the mounting box.

Next, apply clear roofing caulk or exterior caulk to create a seal between the vent and the mounting box. You will have to trim the vent flange to be able to fit the mounting box. Once your vent has been installed and then sealed, you will just need to attach your duct and then it is complete.

Custom Range Hood Installation

At Artistic Alloys & Design we assist you in coming up with the perfect design, hand fabricate it in our shop, bring it to your home, and install it for you.  We will create the wall mount or island range hood of your dreams.  Help your property stand out from the crowd with a custom designed range hood from Artistic Alloys & Design.  Call (480) 941-2611 today for custom range hood installation in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, or any of the cities in the valley.

 

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Types Of CNC Machines

 

If you are searching for the different “types of cnc machines“, this post should help! Using a CNC machine to aid in your project is fast and precise. CNC machines are easier to use than conventional tools when it comes to cutting, grinding, and drilling.

There are six types of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines

Different industries require different types of CNC machines. These types of cnc machines are lathe, milling, router, plasma cutting, laser cutting, and electric discharge.

  • CNC Lathe Machines
  • CNC Milling Machine
  • CNC Router Machine
  • CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
  • CNC Laser Cutting Machines
  • CNC Electric Discharge Machine

There are a variety of industries, all of which use all six of the various types of CNC machines and each machine has an application of their own. Below is a small explanation of the various types of CNC machines.

CNC Lathe Machines

This machine has the ability of cutting work pieces after they are turned. A CNC Lathe machine is able quickly to make precision cuts through the utilization of various apparatuses. In contrast to manual lathe machines, the CNC machines have been successful with the exactness that they give.

CNC Milling Machines

Many milling machines today are being built just for the CNC, whereas, others are being retrofitted later on. With many of these machines being extremely huge, they have their own built-in tool changers, various electrical sensors to safely monitor the cutters constantly, and automatic feeder mechanisms for loading.

CNC Router Machines

Anytime someone is learning about CNC, they will see this machine often, as it is considered to be a common part of the machinery in industries today. They are built exclusively to be operated by CNC technology. These machines do not have a human interface and they can only be operated through a computer. Generally, Routers were designed with the idea of producing larger works by cutting plastics, woods, and sheet metal. The Router machine is more commonly seen in a set-up having 3-axis (X, Y, and Z). A set-up such as this allows or basic profiles to be cut, as well as three-dimensional relief machining. There are some four, five, and six axis Router machines, which are used for the cutting of complex shapes and/or prototype models.

CNC Plasma Cutting Machines

This type of machine is similar to the Router machine when it comes to its set-up and size, except, it does not need such a powerful set-up since it does not have to carry around a spinning tool, but only use a plasma torch above the table.

CNC Laser Cutting Machines

Having the same principles as the Plasma cutting machine, the only exception is that the CNC Laser cutting machine does not consist of as much force. Laser cutting is used a lot for cutting plastic, wood, and metals, with the strength of the laser being suited for each of the different material used.

CNC Electric Discharge Machines

The EDM (stands for the Electric Discharge machining), consists of making particular shapes within a specified material through electrical releases (starts). Next, expelling the material of a certain work piece through repeating more of the electrical releases of two different anodes, these are isolated using a dielectric liquid that gets an electric voltage regularly.

Different types and the many applications of CNC machines

The various types of CNC Machines perform different duties and applications. Continue reading below for some small examples of each one.

Milling:

These are CNC machines that are widely used, primarily used to drill and turn metals.

Routers:

Used in the cutting of complex and intricate shapes and also for prototypes from sheets of sheet metal.

Lathes:

These have an automatic tool change programmed inside of them and are used in the production of shapes and molds that are 3D.

Plasma cutting:

These used less power than does the Routers in utilizing 2D shapes and molds for cutting.

Laser cutting:

These are operated similar to that of plasma cutting, only instead of a plasma torch, it uses a laser.

The 5-axis:

This means that the CNC machine is being operated on three-perpendicular axes that has two rotary axes.

The 6-axis:

Meaning the CNC machining is being performed on three-perpendicular axes, having three rotary axes.

Artistic Alloys Offers CNC Machining Services In Phoenix & Scottsdale

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers CNC machining services in Phoenix, Paradise Valley & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial CNC machining project you have.

 

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Metal Stair Design

If you’re searching for metal stair design you’re likely building a new property or improving an existing one.  Stairs can be made from wood and a variety of metals.  Metal stairs offer business owners and homeowners some very enticing advantages.  They are getting installed in more and more homes all over the world for their visually stunning presentation and incredible durability.

Types of Metal Stair Designs

Stairs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  The path a stairway takes is a big part of the design.  They can be straight, angled, spiral, curved, and wind.  Each design fits difference spaces and offers property owners a certain look.

  • Parallel Stairs – These type of stair designs have successive flights that are parallel to each other.  They are separated only by one or more platforms.
  • Straight Run Stairs – A straight run staircase is straight forward.  It is a style which simply runs straight without turning.  There can be a landing near the mid area or simply run the distance.
  • Angled Stairs – This design of stairs is one that changes direction either diagonally or has successive flights where they are placed at angles other than 180°.
  • Scissor Stairs – This stair design is one where you have two opposite straight running stairways running in the same area of the building with a wall separating them.
  • Spiral Stairs – Spiral stairs are those where the stairs are set in a circular uniform pattern with uniform sector shape treads.  All of the stairs come out from a center column.
  • Curved Stairs – These stairs are those that have two or more curvature centers.  This design ends up looking elliptical, oval, or other curved shapes. They can have platforms.
  • Winder Stairs – This style of stair design at first glance seems like a simple parallel stair design.  The difference is there are not landings at the angles, just angled stair treads.

Metal Stair Advantages

Homeowners, commercial property owners, contractors, and architects have choices of several stair materials when designing buildings.  In metal or concrete construction metal is always chosen for its advantages.  Even in structures made from wood metal stairs are selected for their appearance and durability. Some of the most compelling advantages of metal stairs are:

Excellent Strength To Weight

While the density of metal is considerably higher than other materials so is the strength.  For this reason, the section members of the stairs can be made much smaller and still give superior strength and durability. This element of metal stairs is very useful when there is limited space or when the priority is to offer maximum space under the stairway.  For larger structures the impressive weight to strength ratio also is useful for high rise buildings.  It means saving weight and not needing to have addition framing or foundation work to support unnecessary weight.

Versatile Design

Metal is an excellent stair material as it can be formed in many different fashions and many finishes can be applied.  This means that it can fit into virtually any style or property and compliment any other type of construction materials installed around it. Due to its design flexibility it can fit into properties that need a simple functional stairway or something more elaborate.  Due to metal’s versatility virtually, any design an architect can dream up can be brought to life in your choice of metal.

Integrated Stair Railings

One of the biggest and most important features of a stairway is the dependability and safety of the design.  Metal already offers superior durability, but it also offers the benefit of having an integrated stair railing.  Depending on the design the railing provides a hand hold and safety barrier from falls.  Metal stairs are custom fitted and designed as a seamless system.  Many times, the stair railings can be installed at the shop and the whole system can be delivered as a unit.  Larger or more complex stairways are designed, and custom fitted at the shop and then delivered separated then assembled onsite.

Quality Accurate Dimension

Safety is the primary concern when designing anything, and stairs are no exception.  Stair safety relies on the uniformity of the tread and riser dimensions along with the way the railing is designed.  The dimensions are carefully controlled and laid out in advance to ensure the stairs are safe.  The height of risers, size of treads, and height of the railing is all well thought out to ensure user safety.  As stairs are fabricated quality control systems are put in place to ensure the actual product is true to the design dimensions.

Early Installation & Utility

As metal stairs are fabricated off the job site their progress isn’t tied to the work on the site.  They can be made well in advance of construction and be delivered as soon as they are needed.  A big advantage of this is as soon as a building is complete enough to install the stairs they can be quickly installed so workers will be able to put away ladders.  This keeps the site safer and increases productivity.

Quick Installation

As the stairs are assembled as large sections or just a single unit there is much less time involved in installing them in the building.  They are delivered, carried into the building, and set in place.  Once a few fasteners are set the stairs are ready to use.  Other stair construction methods require the installation of a stringer and individually making each riser, tread, and stair railing.  The time savings alone is a huge advantage for both the construction process and the cost of building.

Salvage Advantages

In some applications the value of salvaging the stairs may influence your decision.  If your company may move to new locations the stairs can be dismantled and moved to a new location.  Then they can be reassembled and installed again.  This will keep the cost of construction down and get stairs install in a hurry anywhere you go.  Further than that if you plan on demolishing a building where you have metal stairs the metal itself will have significant scrap value!

Return On Investment

If you are comparing materials for stairs you must take into account not just the price of the product, but costs affected from using a product.  In the case of metal stairs, the cost is very competitive when compared with other materials.  While the costs might be similar the incidental costs associated with other materials can add up fast. For example when using wood it is common to need to install a temporary stairway for workers and then spend time tearing it out and spending time building a stairway on site.  Metal stairs simply show up ready to install and don’t need to be replaced once construction is complete.

Phoenix Valley Metal Stair Installation

If you have a home or business that needs metal stairs, Artistic Alloys & Design is here to help!  Our team custom designs metal stairs in any design or style imaginable.  We can help you differentiate your property with one of a kind style or we can install purely functional metal stairs.  With Artistic Alloys the choice is yours and customer satisfaction is always priority #1!

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Buying Guide For Range Hoods

Investing in a range hood is a great way to customize your kitchen, increase your home’s value, and make it more comfortable to cook!  There are a lot of styles, types, and features to consider when shopping for a range hood.  Use this range hood buying guide to help narrow down the type you’d need and make sure you love the range hood we help custom design and install at your home or restaurant!

Types Of Range Hoods

There is a variety of types of range hoods for different install limitations and style preferences.  Some mount to the wall while others mount to the ceiling over an island in your kitchen.  There are styles where the hot air and cooking fumes are pushed outdoors while others are ductless and filter the air to remove the toxins and airborne grease before releasing the air back into the kitchen.

Island Range Hoods

An island range hood is one that is mounted directly to the ceiling over a cooktop in a kitchen island.  These range hoods are typically made much wider than wall mounted hoods as they don’t have the benefit of cabinets to help direct air into the hood.  Many kitchens today are putting the cooktop in the center of the kitchen so he or she that’s cooking can still face people in the kitchen and be part of the conversation.  An island range hood just helps them stay cooler and comfortable while preparing their favorite recipes.

Downdraft Range Hoods

These designs are less practical for residential applications as they funnel smoke and fumes downward into ducts installed into the floor.  In some commercial applications they do help keep kitchen staff cooler and more productive, but in residential settings the demolition needed to install the ducts is typically cost prohibitive and time consuming.

Wall-Chimney Range Hoods

When there are no cabinets where to mount to over the range a wall-chimney range hood is a great option.  These range hoods mount directly to the wall and vent into a wall stack to the outdoors.  This design helps homeowners have a more open kitchen plan where extra storage isn’t needed.  These are popular in homes where minimalist modern designs are gaining in popularity.

Ductless Range Hoods

Not all range hoods have ducts that channel the fumes and airborne grease from cooking, and there isn’t always a need to.  A ductless range hood pulls the heat, airborne grease, and steam away from the cooking area and filters out the grease.  While this is sometimes necessary it does put the cooking odors and heat back into the home instead of pushing it outdoors.

Features of Range Hoods

Not all range hoods are made equal and there are some premium features that make some range hoods more desirable and user friendly.  From being able to choose how fast you want the fans to go to having a range hood that knows when it needs to turn on, you have options when choosing a range hood.

Fan Speed Settings

Different types of cooking call for different fan speeds.  Simply heating up some water doesn’t put off the same fumes and boiling spaghetti or cooking meat.  Being able to choose the right speed for your fans makes it so you can keep the kitchen quieter when cooking smaller things.

Automatic Sensor

Some of the best range hoods effortlessly work with you as you cook in your kitchen.  As the heat rises along with steam and the toxic cooking fumes a range hood equipped with an automatic sensor springs to life and simply takes care of you, the chef!

Volume of Airflow

Clearly every kitchen has a different layout and size.  You will want to ensure you choose a range hood that’s capable of effectively removing the heat, steam, and fumes quickly enough to keep the cook comfortable.  Check with your design consultant to ensure you’re choosing a design that fits your kitchen layout and location of the range hood!

Timed Exhaust Shut-Off

When you’re done cooking there is likely a little smell and steam still rising.  Waiting around for the stove to cool off to turn off your range hood is inconvenient.  A timed shut off allows you to take your meal in with your company or family to enjoy while it simply does it’s job and then turns itself off.

Phoenix Valley Range Hoods

If you would like to have a custom range hood installed anywhere in the Phoenix Valley; Artistic Alloys can help!  We design custom range hoods of all kinds and craft them with unyielding attention to design, detail, and absolutely quality.  Whether you need a range hood for your home, commercial setting, or high end restaurant our team can build you range hood that gets the job done with unmistakable style.

Call today to learn more about having a range hood installed
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Welding Definition and Types

Welding Definition and Types – The Ultimate Guide To Various Welding Types

Definition of Welding

Welding has been defined as being a process where multiple pieces of thermoplastics or metal are fastened together using pressure and heat. This process of applying heat will soften the metal and then allows it to be pressed together as a joint area. The concept of welding was developed in the metal ages, although it didn’t form into the welding process like today until around the 19th century.

Before this was a process called forge welding where two metal pieces were joined together. Forge welding happens using a flame to heat the metal to a high temperature and then hammering the pieces together until they were a single piece. This method was eventually replaced around the industrial revolution era. Gas and electric flame heating methods were much faster and safer for welders.

Almost every object that has been made that has made society what it is today was created by a welded construction tool or has been welded. It is because of this a welder has multiple areas to be employed in, and most welders will often specialize auto or pipe welding while others will deal with machinery.

There are endless possibilities for a welder seeing how welding is able to be done in various locations such as underwater, but not all welding forms are the same. Some welders will use electric while others will use gas and the newest welding forms will use a laser.

Different Types of Welding

The process of welding that will be used is going to based on various factors, but the thickness and form of the materials is often a deciding factor for which welding method will be best. Tungsten Inert Gas, Submerged Arc, Shielded Metal Arc, Plasma Arc, Metal Inert Gas, Gas Tungsten Arc, Gas Metal Arc, Flux Cored, Electroslag, and Arc are the most used welding method types.

Arc Welding

Arc Welding is a very popular type of welding because of the low cost for the process. The process starts with a device that uses and electrical current. This device can vary from process to process, but it will always use an electrical current to go through the materials without the device, and it is considered to be non-conductive. The reason that it is called arc welding is because the electrical current that is done between the device and the materials when being welded. The first arc welding was invented in 1802 and today there are many subcategories of arc welding.

Electroslag (ESW) Welding

This type of welding practice stated in the 1950s. Electroslag welding is a fast welding process that is used to join large materials like steel plates. These materials are then arranged within a vertical position, seeing how the electroslag weld was meant to weld at a angle without causing distortion. The name electroslag came from the water filled copper areas in the device which were included and designed to prevent melted slag from getting into other areas when it liquified.

Flux Cored Welding

This welding process made and started being used during the early 1950s. It had a main purpose of providing another option for stick welding. This process is used for a project that needs to have fast speeds. Most construction workers will use this process on the job because of the speed and the ability to use this welding process in different situations on various materials.

Gas Metal Arc Welding

Gas Metal Arc Welding process was made in the 1940s and is an automatic welding process. This method uses a welding gun which will automatically feed the weld metal through the gun to be used. The weld gun also distributes a protective gas shield from the natural elements. This process saves time and is best for large welding projects. It was originally made to use with aluminum. Today, this method is mainly used by welders who work with auto repair and manufacturing.

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

This welding process is a very time consuming and difficult welding process that is used today. This is due to the fact that it needs a lot of skill and focus because of the small areas that are located between the material used and arc of the flame. Normally small strips of metal that don’t contain a lot of iron will be welded using this type of process. Even though it’s hard, it does produce high quality, strong welds whenever it is done right. Welders who are making bicycles or aircrafts in the military and commercial instances will this type of welding while other types of welders will not have to deal with this process. There have been hardly any changes made Since its release in 1941.

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding

MIG welding is a welding process that will use gas to shield the weld metal. The gas will keep the metal from being affected by natural elements like oxygen. This allows the welder to operate at a continuous rate which makes the process quick. Using this equipment doesn’t need a lot of skill by a welder, however, the equipment that is being used can only be used inside because of the gas during the whole process of welding. Metal Inert Gas Welding was originally made in the 1940s, but it has went under a lot of upgrades until it became perfect in the 1960s.

Plasma Arc Welding

Plasma Arc welding is similar to Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. The two are often compared because they work in similar fashion, only they use different torch types. This method was created in 1954, however it is still being improved today. Plasma Arc Welding also needs more concentration than the Gas Tungsten Arc Welding because of the precision of the weld and the smaller arc. For plasma welding, the electrical current is passed through a small nozzle which will pass through the protective gas which gives extreme accuracy when welding. Plasma arc weldingis able to heat metals to a very high temperature which can cause a deeper weld. Just like gas tungsten arc welding, this process is normally used in aircraft manufacturing.

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

This type of welding is also called stick welding. This process is the most popular and most used process in welding today. The first form of this process was made in 1938, but the equipment and process are still going through upgrades. It is a manual type of welding process that is inexpensive and simple to use. The results aren’t as neat as other methods and the molten splatter is a common thing. Stick welding is mostly used by construction welders who are working steel structures and other industries that need welding but don’t have a big budget.

Submerged Arc Welding

This process can only be used on items that have high iron contents like stainless steel. The device that is used can be semi-automatic or automatic which makes it quick. While it is quick, the electrical art has to be covered by flux in order to protect the metal from the atmosphere during welding. This cover will also prevent welding splatter which makes it safer for welders than other forms. This process was named after the need to be submerged in a flux cover.

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) Welding

TIG welding is very similar to MIG welding. The difference is that TIG will use a tungsten current form while MIG uses metal electrode. Because of TIG using tungsten, it needs an additional filler inside of the welding device as tungsten doesn’t melt in the welding process. Tungsten is very unique, and it can be heated at a much higher temperature before it melts than other metals. TIG Welding is normally used in industries that deal with stainless steel.

Artistic Alloys Offers Welding Services In Phoenix & Scottsdale

Artistic Alloys & Design LLC offers professional welding services in Phoenix, Paradise Valley & Scottsdale. Feel free to contact with any type or residential or commercial welding project you have.

 

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