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How To Install Our Panels On A Fireplace

Posted on June 29, 2010

Antico Elements` Stone Panels can be used in a variety of applications including refacing or building a fireplace.
There are two basic ways to use our panels and we'll explore both scenarios in this page:

-With our Corners
-Without our Corners ( mitering our Panels )

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Saw ( a table saw, or circular with a straight edge are ideal for this project but other types will work too)
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor and "Tapcons" if installing on masonry, concrete or brick )
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL.
• Safety Glasses

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Below we'll use a brick fireplace as an example but these instructions will also work for existing stone, cement boars, plain studs and other materials. Our Stone Panels can be installed directly over these surfaces.

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Original Fireplace

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The ideal installation ( not a requirement ) of our panels includes a 4"-6" frame around the firebox made of tiles or other heat-resistant material. You can use tiles, bricks, slate. Ideally this material should be a bit thicker than our panels, approximately 1/8" more.
Please keep in mind that our panels can be ordered in fire-rated material which is different from fire-proof therefore our panels should not be used inside the firebox area. We strongly suggest ordering the products in fire-rated for those areas that might reach high temperatures.

Please note that even with the fire-rated option, our products are not heat-proof or fire-proof. As a rule of thumb, if you are not comfortable using a piece of hardwood at that distance, you might want to consider increasing the clearance from the firebox of stove.

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Frame around the opening

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If you decide to use our Corners this is the step where you should install them:

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Install the corners

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Once the corners are installed you can cut our panels to fit between them and cut the opening around the frame / firebox.
Install the panels left to right, bottom row first. The first panel should have the left side "fingers" removed, creating a straight line.
The best way to secure the panels is by placing a few beads of construction adhesive ( E.g. Liquid Nails or PL ) on the back of each panel AND where the panels overlap and interlock, then use some screws.
Make sure to blow off all the dust from where the adhesive will be applied.

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Apply adhesive.

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We suggest using screws in the middle of the panel (possibly hiding them under a stone) and some around the edges, where panels interlock and overlap. You can cover the screw heads with caulking and paint them with our Touch-Up Kit.

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Install the panels between the corners

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Install the rest of the panels.
If installing multiple rows of panels start from the bottom up. The next row up should start with half panel to stagger the vertical seam and create a better look:

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Install all the panels

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If you have a raised fireplace with some space below the hearth you can use the left over material to fill that space. At the corners you can miter the ends of these strips or use a short section of our Corners:

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Install the panels below the hearth

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This is how it will look at the end:

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End of installation with corners

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If you decide not to use our corners the panels can be easily mitered at the corners. Please refer to our instructions on How To Create A Mitered Corner .
You can miter the end of the panels using a table saw, circular saw with a straight edge or other wood-cutting tools:

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Mitering panels

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This is how your fireplace will look without our corners:

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End of installation without corners

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Alternatives for treating edges around the firebox opening.

Other ways to treat the edges around the opening are:

- Cutting the panel flush with the opening and touching up the edges.
- Create a narrow return flush with the face of the fireplace. Please refer to our installation page : How To Create A Return
- Cut the exposed edges to butt against an insert or door's frame.
- Use our Trim Sill to frame the firebox opening and cut the panels to butt against the Trim.

If creating a frame around the opening is not part of your plan you can easily cut the panel flush with the firebox.
After creating the opening use a file or sand paper to round the edges and create some fake grout lines.
Cover the exposed edges with some caulking or Bondo and use our Touch-Up Kit to match the colors of each stone. This is actually very quick fun. See example below.

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Cut the panels flush with the opening.

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Below is an example of the edges being sanded and touched up.

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Touching up the exposed edges.

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If you have a fireplace insert or a frame around the firebox opening that sticks out more than the thickness of the panel, you can cover the exposed edges but butting the panels against the frame. See image below. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

Covering the edges

Covering the edges with the fireplace insert's metal frame.

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A great way to cover the exposed edges is to install our Trim Sills around the firebox opening or insert then cutting the panels to butt against the Trim Sill. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

Using our Trim Sills

Using our Trim Sills

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Congratulations! Your job is done and you can now enjoy an incredibly realistic stone look.

We are always available for comments and questions during any stage of your project.

Thank you for your interest in Antico Elements' products!

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Feel free to request additions and modification to these instructions. Send us a comment by clicking here to email info@anticoelements.com.
Thanks!

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How To Create A Mitered Corners

Posted on June 22, 2010

Antico Elements` Stone Panels are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look.
When it comes to corners you have two choices:

-Use our Inside and Outside Corners, which are very easy to install,

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Using our corners

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-Cut a panel in the middle and wrap it around the corner.

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Using our Panels to create a corner

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The instructions below are for the second option. Here is how you can cut and miter our panels to create a beautiful corner.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jig saw etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL.
• Safety Glasses

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As mentioned above, the ideal saw for this particular project is a table saw BUT you can also use a circular saw with a straight edge.
The two important things to consider in order to create a professional looking corner are:
1- You must miter the edges of the panels that will intersect at the corner and,
2- Both sides of the corners should come from the same panel so that the stones will line up.

Start by measuring where to cut the left side of the corner on a panel. Remember that you should always measure and mark the back of the panels.

Cut the left section so that the back edge will line up with the corner on the wall.
Cut the right section.
You should be left with a triangular piece.

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Cut a panel in two

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The edges that will intersect at the corner need to be cut at 45 degrees.

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Miter at 45 degrees

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The best way to secure the panels is by placing a few beads of construction adhesive ( E.g. Liquid Nails or PL ) on the back of each panel AND where the panels overlap and interlock, then use some screws.
Make sure to blow off all the dust from where the adhesive will be applied.

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Apply adhesive.

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Install the two halves of the panel to create the corner. Use construction adhesive behind the panels and at the corner joint. Secure with some screws making sure to minimize any gap at the front edge of the corner.

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Install the two halves

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Using a file or sand paper smooth out the edges and excess material. If both sides of the corners come from the same panel you should have very little to sand.

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Smooth out the edges

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If necessary use some caulking to seal the gaps and cover to exposed material.
Our Touch-Up Kit can be used to cover the caulk and the sanded areas by matching every color of the stones. Click HERE to view the instructions on how to use our Touch-Up Kit.

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Continue installing the rest of the panels, left to right, and repeat the above instruction for every corner.
For inside corners you can use similar procedure and by mitering the panels with the opposite 45 degree angle.
If installing multiple rows of panels remember to start the next row with half panel to avoid lining up the vertical seams in the same place.
Install our Top Sills if necessary. They add a very nice finished look.

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Install the rest of the panels.

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Once all the parts are installed you may caulk all gaps to prevent water from sliding behind the panels.

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Seal the edges

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the finished product

Here's the finished product. Click image to enlarge

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Congratulations! Your job is done and you can now enjoy an incredibly realistic stone look.

As always, we are available for questions and assistance at any step of your project.
Thank you.  Antico Elements.
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Feel free to request additions and modification to these instructions. Send us a comment by clicking here to email info@anticoelements.com.
Thanks!

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Installation Instructions For Alpi Post Wraps

Posted on June 18, 2010

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Antico Elements
` Stone Post Wraps are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. Even though the installation is very simple, make sure to read the instructions in order to avoid problems and gaps.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jig saw etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL Premium
• Safety Glasses

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Cutting our Post Wrap Panels:
If you need to cut the height of our Post Wraps to accommodate for your project's dimensions, you can use different types of wood saws. The ideal would be a large miter saw but you can easily use a table saw, hand saw or jig saw. Make sure that you measure each panel from the same direction and make the cuts on the same side of all 4 panels. E.G. If you have four panels marked "A" and you cut off the A side from 2 panels and the B side from the other 2, the post will not interlock correctly. Always cut the 4 panels in the same spot.

Installing parts:
You should have received one or multiple sets of 4 flat panels. Although they can be glued together and have them free-standing, we suggest the following steps to anchor the panels to an existing post or support.
Each 36" panel should have an "A" or a "B" stamped on the top or bottom edge. Make sure that each 36" post is created by 4 As or 4 Bs. If you mix the two together they will not interlock.
The 73" posts will have both A, on one side, and B on the other. Make sure you line up all the As or Bs before assembling them.

Begin by creating 8 "L" shaped braces out of plywood or any water resistant material, like pressure-treated wood. Although ideal, it is not necessary to build an exact "L" shaped bracket, you may create something similar by nailing/screwing 2 pieces of wood together at 90° or simply making 4 straight pieces of wood and nailing them on the four sides of the pillar. The important part is to make a frame around the pillar that is 12 x 12 inches.

These steps can be also followed if instead of wood posts you have round metal posts. You may pre-drill the metal to drive the screws in and secure the brackets.

An different way to build the brackets

An different way to build the brackets

The overall outside dimensions of the brackets should be about 1/8" less than 12", the inside dimension will vary depending on the size of your post/pillar. The reason for making the frame 1/8" smaller is to ensure that the 4 post panels will interlock all the way at the corners.

In the example below we have used an 8" post so the brackets are 2" deep.

These instruction are based on a 36" Post Wrap so you may need more than 2 braces if using taller Post Wraps.

Nail / screw some wood blocks on the post/pillar to create a mounting surface for the "L" brackets. When positioning these mounting blocks, keep in mind that the "L" brackets should not be installed higher than 36-1/2" above ground ( or the height of our Post Wrap Panels ) otherwise the Cap will not rest on the panels' edge and you will have a gap in between the two.
The bottom brackets should also be installed a few inches above ground, to keep them dry.

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Install the brackets / supports

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Now that your brackets are installed it's time to attach 2 of the 4 panels together. As mentioned above, each post should be created by four A or four B panels.
You should use some construction adhesive between the "fingers" for better hold. Use some galvanized finishing nails or temporary screws to hold the "fingers" of the panels tightly together until the adhesive sets.
Position the panels against a corner created by the "L" brackets. Again, make sure the "L" bracket is not installed above the top edge of the panels.
You may use construction adhesive to glue the panels to the brackets and drive some of the above fasteners from the face of the panels (possibly in the grout lines) into the brackets.

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Install the first 2 panels over the brackets

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Now you can snap panels 3 and 4 together as you did with the first two to create a second corner.
Now position these two panels on the opposite side of the post to complete the four sided Wrap. Glue/nail them to the first two panels.

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Install the other two panels.

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Our posts can also be stacked. You can cut a section of one post and stack it on another to reach your desired height. We strongly suggest that these cuts are made along the grout lines in order to hide the seams. These seams can be easily caulked and painted with our Our Touch-Up Kits.

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Our Wraps can be stacked

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It's now time to install the Open Stone Caps or the Closed Stone Caps.

Open And Closed Faux Stone Caps

Open And Closed Faux Stone Caps

Our Caps come in 2 interlocking pieces OR in a solid cap. The middle opening, for the open caps, was created for a 6"x6" post so it might need to be cut larger to fit your post size. The closed caps can be also cut to accommodate for smaller posts. You can easily do that with a jig saw. If you have odd sized posts or end up with gaps between the post and the Cap's opening, you may use one of our small Trim/Molding to cover those gaps.

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Install the caps and touch-up.

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We strongly advise to caulk at least the gaps between the Cap and the wood post to prevent water from going inside the post and possibly rot your mounting brackets if they are made out of non water resistant material.
For better results you can caulk the areas where the panels snap together at the "fingers". Our Touch-Up Kits can be used to paint the caulk to match the colors of the stones.

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Congratulations! Your job is done and you can now enjoy an incredibly realistic stone look.

As always, we are available for questions and assistance at any step of your project.
Thank you.  Antico Elements.

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Feel free to request additions and modification to these instructions. Send us a comment by clicking here to email info@anticoelements.com.
Thanks!

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