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Versatility Of Imitation Sheets Of Stone, Rock And Brick

Posted on October 18, 2017

Without any doubt our society is moving from an environment where construction and building things in general were done is a meticulous way. People used to take a lot of time to do things right and that used to be the norm in the construction business as well.

Today every commercial and most residential project is based on how quickly they can be turned around. When it comes to builders and, store outfitters and display makers the speed of getting things done can mean the difference between being profitable, break even or lose money.

Faux Stone Signs

Sign with rounded faux stone that curved with the sign.

Brick and stone have been around for ever and the way they are applied hasn’t changed much. They still need a lot of preparation of the substrate and areas where they will be applied. In the presence of project that require covering complicated wall shapes or signs real brick and stone will require a lot of custom cuts and the joints will be very visible.

Brick panels for store outfit - White

Brick panels for store outfit - White

The majority of builders and contractors has now shifted to paneling of fake stones and fake bricks to complete their projects and to make difficult applications possible. It can be challenging to entertain the possibility than an new fake panel of stone can be better than the real thing, particularly when one has used the real product for decades. We learned that, once the installer has been educated on the benefits and has had the chance to try the product, they will use the faux version for all future projects.

These rock panels can wrap around curved surfaces without leaving gaps at the joints.
They also can be miter-cut to create corners and a very simple touch-up kit can be used to paint over any caulked area, to create e real seamless look.

Corners made with caulking and touch-up paint

Corners made with caulking and touch-up paint

The other advantage is that there is no need to use mortar. These “mortarless” rock and brick panels have been already treated in the factory so they are sealed and painted with exterior acrylic coloring that require no additional work.

We realized that today most  people involved in remodeling or construction in general can find a real benefit in using faux products and complete their projects within the necessary time-frame.

How To Align Faux Stone Paneling To Wall Studs

Posted on August 14, 2017

One of the challenges of the imitation stone sheets is to organize and line up the panels so that the joints between two of them lines up with a framing stud.
When installing faux stone panels you will have two staggered and interlocking edges that will slide into each other. The ideal installation would have the installer drive screws right where two panels overlap. If you have ordered panels that are not designed to line up with the studs then some of the these screws will hit a stud, some will just go into the drywall and not provide you with a sturdy bond.

Joint between two panels

Joint between two panels

With the new Laguna stacked stone panels this issue doesn’t exist. These new panels have been engineered to always have the joints fall on a stud; given that the installation is started correctly. To start the process correctly all you need to do is alight the first panel of each row properly and the rest of the panels will line up automatically.

Stud lines embedded in the stone panel Laguna

Stud lines embedded in the stone panel Laguna

As you can see in the images the Laguna faux stacked stone has lines embedded in the panels and with the word “stud” next to them. These new panels need to be installed from right to left and bottom to top. The product drawing of these stone panels will also show you where to drive the screws within the panels’ surface. We also suggest using a construction adhesive where the panels overlap and in the back.

It has never been easier to create a stone or brick wall look for less money and in a very short time.

In short, the difficult work has already being done. All the installer has to do is line up the first panel correctly and the rest of the work will be completed without any effort. Of course sometimes the studs are not installed at the correct intervals but this should just be be a temporary issues. After the next panels is installed the studs should start lining up again.

You may click HERE to view the Laguna line.

How to Cut Faux Stone Properly

Posted on March 22, 2017

Making The Cut

Faux Stone is one of the most versatile products to hit the home improvement market. Cutting faux stone is simple and easy to do. Unlike stone cutting saws there is no need for expensive diamond blades, create messy dust or use water.

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

The polyurethane is durable yet light enough to allow for an easy cut with any saw. The table saw ensures the straightest and highest quality cut but any saw with a steady hand or a straight edge.

If you look in your garage or your toolbox and do not find one do not worry you will still be able to use any other kind of saw such as a jigsaw or circular saw in order to finish your project. If you do not have any equipment at all then go to the nearest home improvement store and simply rent one. This will still be cheaper than any other method in the long run; like using real stone or hiring a mason.

The main thing you should be focused on while doing your project is the proper preparation. Make sure the area is flat and devoid of bumps and other blemishes. Lay out the panels around the installation area to plan which panel to cut and where to create corners and returns.

Do not fret because this only takes minutes. Some problems that arise while cutting is when people have pipes or fixtures and they need to put stone around it, which highlights the beauty and ease of faux stone. You may cut anywhere to fit your needs.

After you receive a panel you simply face it where you want and draw out the line where you need to cut in order to fit the piping. If you run into any problems such as having too much or little of a panel the large assortment of finished edges will fit to your needs thereby giving you the customized look and professional finished result when you are done with your project.

Here is a great example of the finished product after the corners and correct cuttings have been made.

the finished product

Here's the finished product

Unlike other products, like cast stone, you can easily miter-cut the panels and create seamless joint. You can see how natural products are difficult to miter-cut and create a clean look. The material is very forgiving and you can cover any gap with caulking and using out touch-up kit to paint over it for a joint that will be very difficult to see.

 

Once you have established the exact area you need to cover draw out where the panels will go. Then apply how many you will need according to your design. Triple check your measurements and then confirm with the actual panels where you want them to go. Make sure to do the cutting as you go.

Do not start cutting right away or else you will not be able to keep a continuous flow of pattern. An example of an important cut is the miter cut which is used on the corners of columns or end of walls.

The goal is to stack the panels properly cutting off the edges in order to place them in a pattern. The edge that you cut off is not waster, you can use it to start then next row onto the level right above it and interlocks them into place that is why it is important to do your cutting as you go along.

A great place to find a picture step guide is on anticoelements.com/installation.  So keep your saw and marker handy. Always, use your tape measure in order to ensure you are cutting off the right pieces. In order to ensure a professional look make sure edges are cut straight. Be safe and have fun with your next home transformation project.

Imitation Brick Paneling For Siding And Home Skirting

Posted on November 18, 2016

There was a time when homes were built on a foundation of real rocks and bricks. That was not only time consuming but expensive and it would let humidity and cold rise to the house floor.

Today we have learned to raise and isolate homes and all kinds of buildings from the floor.
This presents different but smaller challenges. There is a crawl space beneath the home that needs to be covered with affordable and visually appealing products.

Thankfully companies like Antico Elements come to the rescue!

We have created imitation sheets of brick that look incredibly real and beautiful.

Faux Siding And Skirting Panels

Faux Siding And Skirting Brick Panels In Tan Color

Because of the nature of these faux sheets, whether they have the look of rock, wood or brick, they can be quickly and easily used around the home skirting area or on a whole façade.
Above you can see a beautiful example of such installation, where the customer was so excited that he posted photos in different places.

Close-Up Of The Tan Panels

Close-Up Of The Tan Panels

We understand that siding installer are a bit reluctant to try new products but we have seen so many of them taking the first step toward the use of faux brick panels and never going back to vinyl looking products.

These sheets are not Styrofoam, on the contrary they are made of a very dense resin that is designed to be waterproof and is treated with multiple layers of exterior acrylic paints.

There is now hardware required, like metal channels or clips.
They can be put directly over the framing between the bottom of the house and the ground. Some homeowner use cinderblocks, some simply aluminum or galvanized studs and install the faux brick directly on them.

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The only problem about this solution is making consumers seeing it. Once they do, they never use anything else.

Brick Wall Panels. An Easy Solution.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Who doesn’t want to add character and style to their home and possibly spending money?

Many of us often see an old looking Chicago brick wall and dream about replicating that old fashion and distressed look. You can easily do it with faux brick wall panels. That would make sense if everyone knew of their existence. The majority of DIYers rely on what they can find at the closest hardware store.
This also means that they are confined to the choice of real brick or pressed cardboard that looks nothing like brick. The other option is to install the real brick; that’s not a job most people want to start, and they don’t.

With synthetic product like polyurethane you can have it both ways. Install beautiful and realistic panels and save a ton on labor an some on the material itself.

Here’s what you do to install them

  1. You need to decide how many panels will be necessary so measure the square footage and plug it in our Panel Calculator. There are two sizes, 28” and 32” so make sure to select the correct one. The purchasing step the easiest one in the whole process. The shopping cart quickly calculates the shipping and processes payments in the most secure way you can find online.
  2. When the product arrives lay it against the wall to understand where you want each panels to go. This will help you eliminate some cuts and reduce waste.
  3. These faux brick panels are easily screwed and glued in place. Just make sure you install all the panels in a perfect straight line so that the gaps in between are minimized. You can also use nails or long staples if you wish.

Chicago-Faux-Brick-TanIf necessary install the convenient ledge trim and where you see gaps you can apply some caulk and paint it over with our paint kits that can be ordered as well.

That’s it! You just created that amazing distressed look of faux brick just like you see it on TV!

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Why Use Imitation Brick Panels vs. Natural Brick

Posted on December 29, 2015

Real Brick Vs Faux Brick Wall Panels And Advantages

How do you make the decision of whether or not to use real or fake brick for your masterpiece? Which factors would contribute to that decision when considering both? For some this could be a difficult decision and yet for others it's as simple as taking a look at a few key points. Whether your trying to give a fresh new look to your home, or trying to give it to your business

The look and appeal of brick has attracted many people to that style. The problem is the limitations of natural brick far outweigh the benefits. This problem has been solved by the advent of faux brick products.

Uneven Brick wall

Uneven Brick wall

Take a look at the grout lines in the faux brick wall panels and observe how uneven, rustic and attractive they are. Real brick is extremely difficult and time consuming to repair. It requires a mason and the right brick.

Repairing a cracked brick in a wall consists of many long steps, plus it is very common for brick or stones to chip off and crack since they are extremely porous.

In some cases homeowners complained about excess dust from their brick slowly crumbling and dirtying their floors.  Another problem with natural elements is their porous structure allows for water and mold to get inside it.

Once the water finds a crevice to sit in, the mold develops. In addition, water turns into ice and it can crack the stone or brick leaving an unappealing scar on the once beautiful veneer. This has been accounted for by developers of faux brick wall panels.

Alternative products such as faux brick avoid this problem because they are water and mold resistant. Since the hardened resin of imitation products has a closed cell structure, none of the problems for natural elements listed above can affect the ultimate finished project. This enables it to be one of the most efficient products in the home improvement industry.

Antico White Brick

Antico White Brick

Using natural brick also brings a high transportation cost to the table because of the weight involved along with the labor involved in moving it. Since it is extremely heavy the contractor does charge for transportation costs, which is an extra expense that you have to worry about.

This also limits the kinds of projects that can be completed because the weight can bring down certain walls.

If you put too much weight on drywall, it will most definitely fail under the pressure resulting in a huge mess and the total loss of your wall.

Another  limitation for using real stone or brick is the height you are allowed to build. With polyurethane products, the weight is minimal so you can go as high as you want.

Unfortunately, there are many unseen obstacles and problems that come up with using real brick. The preparation takes a long time. There is also the cost of the labor which can run $30 per square foot. You can double check this in the local masonry guide. Fake brick or faux brick wall panels can help people save a ton of money. You can see how they look here

After the prep work is done then the measurements must be taken and the bricks set down on the mortar.

Each row is time consuming and tedious which adds on a higher labor cost. If I was a restaurant owner and I needed to be opened quickly, this method of construction would drastically slow down the project completion time.

The best alternatives look great and take less than a fraction of the time to complete. So not only is the restaurant owner losing money on labor costs but now losing time that the restaurant could be open. Don't get stuck using vinyl brick because it can not stand up to the test of time.

 

Antico brick-charcoal

Antico brick-charcoal

Essentially, using real brick would have hurt the project greatly by slowing it down. Different options like the imitation brick panels can greatly increase the speed of construction saving the owner thousands in the long run. Using other alternative brick styles like brick wallpaper or vinyl brick like the one in this picture can ruin a project over time.

Stone Wall Backdrops And Props

Posted on August 17, 2015

One of the things we, as people, like to do is to create a specific atmosphere in the places we live. This can be created with low cost products and achieving a certain look or choose quality materials that look realistic. This is also true for those who create a temporary stage for theater or TV.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

Creating the right atmosphere is vital for your home, office or a stage. A lot of hours are spent to paint an shape the props around a show. The reason for employing such time is that the viewer needs to immerse himself in the program. This helps make the whole experience more memorable and, for commercial uses, to replicate a real living environment.

For those working in these fields it must be very exciting to be able to create a stone wall without have to really build one.
Imagine having to build a real frame with, wood, cinder blocks or stone just for a theatrical event, a trade show or a commercial.

The exiting thing we always bring up is that when using faux stone panels you can create a very large wall in a matter of hours. You can’t beat the convenience of a large, very realistic stone sheet that can be placed on any wall in a couple of minutes.

The other benefit is the take-down and disassembling of the stone prop and stage. When putting up a trade show booth with stone, brick or any other material the installation time-frame plays a big role in the whole project. We only have a certain amount of time to build and take down our space.

Stone Display Booth At Trade Shows

Panels Of Brick For Display Booth At Trade Shows

Imagine if you had to hire a mason to build an actual wall with real stone and mortar. How about removing it at the end?

The benefits of using imitation stone paneling carries over the reuse of the material.
Once you used the panels once it doesn’t mean they have to be discarded at all. They will be still in perfect conditions to reuse them in a similar application or any other one.
This is an incredibly durable and tough product.

Keep that in mind for your future project. Order samples early so that you can see for yourself.

How To Build An Interior Fake Brick Wall

Posted on June 5, 2015

Raise your hand if you wouldn’t love to replace your plain drywall with a beautiful imitation or real brick wall!
The choice for drywall for interior walls is clearly not based on visual appeal but on an economical “shortcut”. It’s up to the homeowner or business manager to create an upgrade.

One of the most beautiful, therefore very popular, is the look of an antique faux brick wall.

Another look we see often is the reclaimed or Chicago style brick. This looks like a distressed material, which has gone through the beautification cause by time and various remodeling phases.

Reclaimed Brick Look

Reclaimed Brick Look

Brick doesn’t naturally look like that unless you purchase already distressed brick faux or real and in the form of panels or single brick.

If you decided to give that much needed facelift to your wall, you can create a fake brick wall in different ways. You either use full or thin brick and embark in the laborious process of installing and maintaining them or use a simpler method. For obvious reasons we will show you here how to install the panels of fake brick.

In some cases you will have the wall without the drywall on it – and that’s a big saving already, since brick paneling doesn’t require drywall – or a finished wall.

The beauty of these tiles of pre-made brick is that they install virtually on any substrate. In the case of bare wood studs all it's needed is the lining up of the joints between two panels on top of the studs. Because in most cases these sheets are not at 12 or 16 inch center-stud you may have to add a few more here and there. To view a diagram and measurements of one of these panels you may click HERE. You will most likely have at least one stud fall behind the middle of a panel, and that’s a good thing.

Once the work is done nobody will know if you have drywall or not behind your faux brick wall.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

Now let’s see how you can install the faux brick on a drywall surface and more general details on installation.

In most cases the starting point will need a straight vertical edge. For this reason you will need to cut the protruding bricks on the left side.
All you do now is apply some construction adhesive in the back of the sheet and apply screws, nails or long staples.

Once you have completed the first line of tiles you will need to start the second one and the rest of them, until you have reached the ceiling. A great idea would be to start the odd rows with half panels so that the joints between them will not line up and create a more natural look.

In some cases you would want to wrap around a corner with the same material. This is another advantage of using panels. All you do is cut the panel at 45 degrees where it reaches the corner and then cut the other half at 45 again to match the left piece. This way you can avoid buying corner pieces, which are usually available.

When you are done with the panel you may need to use some caulking and the paint kit to hide some small gaps but that is usually all!

We always suggest running some numbers between the cost of labor to use heavy brick and panels.

Redecorating Or Remodeling Bars And Restaurants

Posted on April 16, 2015

The perfect way to redesign a bar or a restaurant today is no longer focusing on the look of the products used but the attention to the environment, by using reclaimed material or products that are considered green.
One product is surely driving a large portion of this trend is faux stone panels that is made of a recyclable resin and that can be easily reused in other areas.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

Most decorative products like stone and brick are not easy to reuse since are “stuck” on the walls where they are applied. When considering other affordable products most business owners are impressed by the ease of installation and the way the faux stone can be unscrewed because they are simply made of easy-to-move panels.

Remodeling is not the only area where designers are trying to save business owners the time it takes to get things done and the investment necessary to open a restaurant or bar. Even when opening a new establishment the budget is critical. Those who venture in the opening a new business can tell you about the importance of choosing the right product for stone wall, and all other aspect of the decorations.

In the image below you can see how many cuts and turns in the stone a bar requires to create a welcoming atmosphere. When approaching such a project you might want to consider what’s needed to prepare the structure where the panels or cast stone are installed.

Cast stone application

Cast stone application

When using other products you can expect a large number of cracks between small blocks of cast stone that will either need to be grouted or, if left unfilled, will disrupt the flow of the look.

What differentiates a lightly planned opening or re-opening of a bar or restaurant is the welcoming feel that the customers experience the first few times they walk inside. Spending a few extra dollars on a designer’s or architect’s opinion can make a huge difference in the success of the business. Customers don’t only look for quality food but the whole experience and this will surely repay the extra expenses put toward a rich decoration.

Create Your Paradise With Ease

Posted on February 20, 2015

Anybody who has thought of opening a business started with a dream. That dream has very  specific designs and creativity associated with its inception. Building that dream can turn into a nightmare if the right materials and design methods aren't used.

There are many examples of businesses that spend a long time in the construction phase and lose money and time due to delays. Other examples show a rushed job that doesn't come out looking the way it was projected. Sometimes it comes out looking very unsuitable and unappealing due to the wrong materials or colors being used. There should be no delay in creating that paradise with all of your ideas intact. Polyurethane architectural elements enable people to create their vision without being tied down by the constraints of regular masonry.

There are many new additions and advancements that have been made in the industry of polyurethane products.

Building an inviting room or business is all about presentation. If it is a restaurant it may need low lighting or a cozy environment.

Creating the perfect mood is easy when you have the freedom and resources to make your dream come true. Utilizing the right interior design can help boost business or resale value on a home.

Relaxing Spa Setting

Relaxing Spa Setting

For example, there is a spa in downtown Miami that is known for making people feel like royalty when they step inside because of the interior design.

The beautiful columns and the flowing corbels that held modern looking light torches made the spa look like a very luxurious retreat.

They kept the relaxing music in perfect combination with color and smell. They created the ambiance for a soothing experience. Winning over the customer starts with sight because pleasing the eyes is the first step in keeping a customer.

A Winning Design

Creating a great atmosphere is very important for most businesses in order to be successful. Making the client feel special and well taken care of is a priceless advantage. The ability to make people feel welcome or make them feel cozy is the best marketing tool ever used. Imagine walking into a gym where the pool is surrounded by beautiful columns and the coral stone walls and corbels which create a luxurious ambiance that rivaled that of the roman baths.

The serene environment is not just created with relaxing music or exotic smells, but a great interior design as well. The right design can include adding caps like a deco capital for the top of a column or intricately carved corbels that show off gargoyles or angels. The polyurethane is hardened into an exact representation of a variety of stone pieces that can revolutionize the way a room looks.

The goal of any design is to instill a welcoming feeling for the patrons or homeowners. Design can play a big role in the development of a business.

Using our coral stone balusters and corbels can accent the room like never before. It makes a big difference in the impression it gives to other people because of the design. They will create a wonderful ambiance. There is a long list of different elements that we replicate to perfection, but the major point here is that any project is possible in polyurethane.