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Old 02-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Tiling outdoor concrete patio with copper pennies

I love the look of "penny floor" and would like to do it on our 100 sq ft concrete patio. I am planning to create 1 sq ft fibermesh tiles with pennies as it will be much faster to lay them than individual pennies. The question is: what kind of adhesive should I use? different sites recommend glue for indoor installation. Is it possible for outdoor flooring? If I use regular mortar, will it go through fiberglass? What type of grout will be best? How should I seal the floor? I'm new to tiling, even basic advice is welcome. Thank you!


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Old 02-28-2013, 01:51 PM   #2
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You will need to experiment----I think that you should be able to use fiberglass drywall repair mesh---you will need to call a drywall supply house like Ammes to see what sizes are available.

I think ,if you lay the mesh over wax paper, you could brush on epoxy and set the coins into that---

You will want to set the completed sheets to your concrete patio with epoxy thinset---and grout with epoxy grout----

This won't be cheap--but should work well---no sealing will be needed if you use epoxy grout---

The sheets could actually be set into a bed of epoxy grout and completed in one step---experiment---so try a sample first---


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Originally Posted by pennytile View Post
I love the look of "penny floor"

and would like to do it on our 100 sq ft concrete patio.
when i first read this, i thought you were NUTS

reading that i thought you were even more nuts.

but i googled penny floors. there are some nice looking floors there.
i can't help you. but i do wish you luck.
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Make sure you use real copper pennies (1981 or older) and not the plated zinc pennies (1983 and up). 1982 pennies are a toss up. Concrete will probably eat the zinc ones.
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Very interesting!

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Let us know what you come up with, I would like to do something like that. Very sharp.
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Cool idea.

How would you seal or protect it?
I would be concerned on how well they would weather outside.
In your shoes I might do one square and leave it outside for several months before I commit to 100 sq feet.


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