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What Makes A Good Design Trend?

Posted on September 26, 2013

Great trends can be summed up into two different factors. The two factors are style and functionality. These two qualities are usually the spark for a great design trend that takes the market by storm. Polyurethane panels embrace both of these factors to the fullest extent.

Functionality and elegance are some of the most important things in design. Adding special flare and unique characteristics to each project makes a big difference when creating projects to use for your portfolio. Customers love it when their own house is used as a showcase.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

Using these panels also create more design possibilities. They provide a chance to create a great textured stone look in places where real stone could not be placed. The range of fixtures that can be added to the faux stone panels is limitless because the panels are easy to drill through without comprising the structural integrity of the panel.

Consumers are very happy with the results. Click Here to see some of their reviews.

Adding fixtures can create a beautiful ambiance in any room that is being remodeled, such as the fixtures in the picture above where they added beautiful shelves that complement the decor. Simply using a couple of strategically placed lamps can illuminate the unique texture of the panels creating a very appealing contemporary design. These faux stone panels can be used with any style from traditional to contemporary.

Function Meets Form

Functionality simply means using a product that is ascetically pleasing while serving an important function. Faux stone and brick panels provide a level of insulation due to the polyurethane composition which helps keep the cool inside on hot days and warmth inside on those cold winter days.

In addition, they are not difficult to use because they are easy to cut and put in place so after a couple of quick cuts any customer can have a newly remodeled room and more insulation.

The design above with faux stacked stone can be easily recreated with our Laguna Panels line

One of the main advantages of this product is the fact that it can be used in exterior and interior projects. Faux stone panels enable designers to do whatever they want with the product which can bring a wonderful stone look into any area of the home or business they are designing. The flexibility this product offers is great for designers because it helps bring them more customers by increasing their design options. So for your next project use stone panels in order to give you that creative edge everyone is looking for.

Covering Foundations With Faux Stone Panels

Posted on September 26, 2013

Contractors and homeowners agree that the foundation of a home is the most important part but, it is also the most neglected. Fixing the foundation requires a lot of construction to ensure the foundation is safe and solid. Unfortunately, after all the work is done there is usually unappealing gaps that show signs of recent construction.

The most attractive method to cover up exposed foundations and insulate the home at the same time is by utilizing stone or brick veneer panels. This way the house not only looks great but also saves the customer time and money by using this easy to install product.

The only preparation required is measuring the dimensions to establish how many panels the project requires. Then simply cut the panels as you adhere them to the surface. Once you are ready to install the panels simply glue and go.

The panels can be glued or screwed into the surface of the house. It takes less than half a day to install which is great because nobody wants to have ongoing construction on their property. Click here to check out our installation guide so you can see how easy it is.

The basic siding options include but are not limited to vinyl, brick or synthetic stucco. All of these fall short of faux stone or veneer brick panels.  When considering all the options and maintenance costs involved the logical choice is faux stone panels.

Contractors have a better medium to work with.

Contractors all over the world know that making a house look great after they finish construction is all that the client cares about. Customers want a fair price and a great result which is exactly what this product offers. Their clients also want the project completed quickly which is why faux sheets or panels represent the best option for covering foundations quickly.

Faux stone and brick products enable contractors to cover blank pieces of cinder block or concrete section that they just finished building for the client.

If the client complains about how long a project may take then the contractor can turn to faux rock panels for their project so they can finish faster. When contractors use the imitation stone or brick products they save time and money because installation is so easy.

In life the best thing to have is balance and this product provides a great balance for the consumer because not only does it do away with expensive installation costs but it also looks amazing on any house, in any style and in any climate. This is the versatile product that could make contractors lives easier. If you or someone you know needs to have their foundation covered save them money and time for that project by referring faux stone and brick panels.

faux stone siding

 

 

It Is All In The Paint

Posted on September 25, 2013

The biggest factors in creating realistic faux stone and brick panels is the paint and mold used in the fabrication process. The paint and the texture work hand in hand to create a realistic stone look that blows people away when they realize it is not real stone.

When people hear the words imitation or fake stone they expect a tacky rendition of natural stone. That impression comes from low caliber products like the panels offered by Lowes and Home Depot. The difference is truly apparent when you put high quality panels next to the ones mass produced by the big box stores. Check out our panels up close by clicking here.

The strictest attention to detail is what makes our approach the best. For example, we carefully create a master panel which is then used as a template for the rubber mold. The mold is very expensive but we replace it often because it slowly deteriorates when panels are made.Replacing it often ensures the highest quality result making our products look and feel realistic. Unfortunately, many companies avoid replacing the mold often to save money which results in a fake representation.

Polyurethane Stone

Polyurethane Stone

The different paints being used have to be a high quality paint which is more expensive, therefore most companies avoid using them in order to save money. The paint used for our panels represent the highest quality in the industry partly because of the unique methods used to paint the panels. Our panels have six layers of high quality acrylic paints designed for outdoor use. It helps make the panels UV resistant which prevents the colors from bleaching.

Observe the difference in quality when looking at this fence. The grout lines are the same color and they don’t contrast the bigger stone pieces therefore it lost its realistic touch. The best panels are made with many layers of paint that also have a nice wash which can help bring out the texture even more. In addition, good imitation stone panels have grout colored lines that are painted in a way that contrast the larger stones creating a better representation of stone. Knowledge is power and knowing the difference between a quality product and a fast misrepresentation is key in getting a great realistic look.

Fast Food Chains Made More Profitable With Faux Stone

Posted on September 24, 2013

The natural stone style has accentuated many different styles of restaurants but change is coming due to faux stone panels. The helpful product sometimes known as stone veneer panels can change the way these restaurants are built because it saves time and labor. This is essential to realizing the full potential of this product and how it helps increase the marketing strength of any business that employs faux stone panels of the highest quality.

Perfect seams with faux stone in polyurethane

Perfect seams with faux stone in polyurethane

When one fast food franchise decides to give a facelift to their stores the others all fall in suit in order to stay in the game. For example, if you saw a McDonalds and it looked old and shabby with paint from the eighties and across the street there was a freshly renovated Burger King, most people will go to the Burger King simply because it looks more pleasing and clean. Stone or brick veneer panels can increase the efficiency of these renovation projects by enabling them to be completed faster and without having to pay masons.

The faster a fast food restaurant can reopen after renovations the faster it can start making money. This means completion is reached without a headache or a hassle. The owners can relax because they won’t have to open a half ready restaurant that still has work being done in it. That way they do not have to prematurely open their doors like some stores do in order to keep money coming in.

Cast stone is hard to make look right.

Cast stone is hard to make look right.

Using the two pictures of the burger king under renovation and the finished McDonalds which one do you think will attract more customers? Throughout the years I have seen more than one fast food restaurant open while there is still construction going on outside or inside the restaurant. This hurts sales and the professionalism that the fast food franchise is trying to impress upon their customers. Click here to see how easy it is to install.

Altogether, the franchise that realizes the many advantages of using faux stone panels first is the one who will reap in the most profits.  Business is a race and whoever gets the advantage is the one who wins. Therefore faux stone is the advantage when it comes to renovating any business in order to attract more customers quickly.

 

Mobile Home Faux Stone Skirting

Posted on September 20, 2013

Mobile homes and trailers represent 21% of the housing market. Although, there has been a dip in the number of mobile homes bought since 2010 many people still flock to the manufactured mobile homes since they are more affordable and offer a chance to relocate with short notice.

Mobile homes started to gather momentum in the market once developers started to introduce more unique units. The variety and diversification offered helped stimulate sales because nobody likes to get an exact copy when purchasing their home. This highlighted a great marketing tool; customize your mobile homes and they will sell faster.

faux stone siding

 

Mobile homes can be a little repetitive in the design so many mobile homeowners and developers are always looking for a way to improve or customize their home. Many people may have heard this phrase from their spouse, “But I wanted a brick house, or at least a nice stone looking house.” Many people like the mobility of mobile homes but hate the monotonous design or the plain skirting at the bottom of their trailer.

Sometimes retirees like to move down south from the northern areas of the United States in order to get out of that cold weather. The houses in the northern states of the US have many brick and traditional stone designs. This means that many of them are used to that look and get disappointed when they move into their mobile home community.

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

Now many mobile homeowners can be empowered to be unique and bring back that traditional design element that they may miss from older neighborhoods. Brick and stone veneer panels create an ambiance that doesn’t ever go out of fashion because not only do they help make your mobile home look like a castle, they increase the value of the home and the neighborhood itself.

The most important thing to remember when using these panels is that mobility is not a problem because the panels are detachable meaning that you can remove them and take them with you if you simply use screws.

Once you want to leave you can just unscrew the panels and go. All you would really need to do is screw them in with three inch screws which isn't a problem for this style of material. These kind of projects would be impossible to do with natural stone and they would be entirely more expensive.

Here are some great removable siding panels:  www.anticoelements.com/content/13-faux-stone-siding

Try to take note of where you put the screws because after installation and touch up they will be virtually invisible after installation. The trend of using faux stone panels has taken hold and soon many mobile home communities will employ the use of veneer panels in order to customize and accentuate their home.

Stone cladding! Word press!

Faux Stone Bar And Grill

Posted on September 19, 2013

Would you like this conversation to happen to you?

“Hey honey when did you buy that great looking bar and grill set up outside that wasn’t there yesterday?”

I didn’t buy I made it all by myself.”

This project was the husband’s way of saying we will spend more time together and have fun eating together. The husband in this case was more than happy to show off his handyman skills and the wife was happy to have a beautiful functional piece of furniture that matches the tones and colors she used to design the patio. All around this project helped make a happy couple with a new simple and fun addition to their backyard.

Faux Stone BBQ

Faux Stone BBQ

What was the husband’s secret trick? He used imitation stone panels and corners in order to fabricate the bar and grill. These panels can be used around a heat six as long as it is five to six inches away from the actual heat source. Essentially, what the husband did in this case was use a frame of wood and bars in order to construct a small frame to accommodate the grill.

Since the faux stone panels are easy to cut and glue or screw onto any flat surface the husband was able to finish this project before his wife got home from doing her hair.

The Perfect Do It Yourself Project

In this case the husband used plywood and some 2x4 pieces of wood in order to create the skeleton for the bar and grill.After that he simply glued on the panels and screwed them in so they were secured onto the brackets. Then he used a small touch up kit and was done. The grill was strategically placed so the heat from the grill would not affect the panels. People even use faux stone panels around fireplaces. This picture shows the high quality look you can get by adding a few panels around your house. Check out the link to view more great examples of stone veneer:

Most of the people who own a home would love to fix it up but don’t know how they could do it. Even small projects like these can make a world of a difference which is why faux stone or brick products are great because it allows regular people to do amazing projects in the blink of an eye.

Using this product makes people's lives easier. You can get a professional looking job without having a construction crew running through your house.

The Gazebo Remodeling Revolution

Posted on September 16, 2013

Getting A Great Gazebo

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Tired of that old looking gazebo where you once loved to spend time? Well here are some ideas to fix that old gazebo of yours. First off determine whether or not the post and deck wood are all still in good shape because nobody would like to work hard on their project only to step on it and put a hole in the deck. After checking out the wood and cleaning up a bit take a look at where the gazebo is and how it complements the surrounding area. Observe the colors and textures in order to get a better idea on what you can do in your back or front yard. Usually, exterior design calls for exterior materials like stone or wood but now you have an alternative that enables you to have the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost.

Gazebos are a highly visible and dominant element in any setting. Imitation stone products can revitalize the way the gazebo looks. I remember the Gazebo at my church and saw how central it was to the social atmosphere of the guests. It was the focal point before the service where people went to talk or grab a little food. The gazebo started to chip over time and the paint was cracking. After a while it really looked like it was in bad disrepair and painting it over again was not working so they tore it down. Fortunately, this could have been avoided had the right material been applied to the project such as imitation stone or brick which would have made the gazebo look new.

Gazebo with stone pillars

When people look at the Gazebo their eyes naturally fall upon the bottom section which is usually exposed. The bottom section or skirting, which is commonly the section that shows the age of the structure. This provides an eyesore and a place for rodents and bugs to hide and make their home. By using a skirting or siding you can fix the eyesore in under a day. All of these problems discussed above can be fixed with a design element that has flooded the home improvement industry due to its large variety of applications. It is called polyurethane which is a hardened resin that turns into beautiful realistic faux stone, brick or any form of architectural elements is the answer to the old gazebo problem.

Being creative is easy when it comes to using faux stone or brick especially since you can now solve aesthetic issues and make your gazebo look brand new. A simple application of faux siding can revitalize the gazebo of your dreams. Making a once boring ugly eye sore into a peaceful zone of Zen is easy by using faux stone or brick. Using the faux stone siding not only covers that ugly gap underneath the gazebo but gives the full effect of a stone foundation. This design can not only give the appearance of a stone foundation but also brighten the look of your gazebo.

Faux stone or brick provides a great way to avoid buying a new gazebo because enables you to get a new look with a more professional finish. Check out this link HERE in order to view the great difference faux veneer panels can provide. Since the gazebo is providing the frame for the panels to be applied to this drastically reduces the time of the project which means you will be finished in a fraction of the time. Enjoy your gazebo and have fun.

Modern Faux Stone Fireplace

Posted on September 13, 2013

Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.

New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.

Faux Stone Fireplace

Faux Stone Fireplace

Antico fireplace

Antico fireplace

Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.

The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.

Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.

The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.

Adding Architectural Flare Without Burning Your Wallet

Posted on September 9, 2013

Architectural flare simply equals emotion because when a person looks at a room or building they get a feeling. When walking through your home or business what are some elements you may notice that just look plain and miserable? Take a look again, now imagine having those boring parts of your house or business accentuated without the trouble of having a construction project overtaking your house. Increasing the value and quality of your house or place of business is easier thanks to imitation stone or brick. The material is durable waterproof and UV proof so it is great for inside and outside use. Simply adding a couple of well placed pieces could revolutionize anything from a restaurant to a restroom.

Architectural Elements

Architectural Elements

We can create a great ambiance if we use architectural accessories. Architectural accessories are simple amenities like the tops of columns, moldings, cap, trim, all of these things can add the professional touch you were looking for in your home or office.  Adding flare to the boring parts of your home or business can make a huge difference. Polyurethane has the capability to become anything so it allows the designer or homeowner to incorporate any design or texture they want without sacrificing money or time.

It is important to place the objects strategically so you do not waste money or time. A couple of well-placed pieces of trim make a huge difference. When doing bigger projects using the trim would most definitely save time and look great. Even for smaller projects we still suggest using the trim in order to give that great effect you are looking for but a well done miter cut is also another to finish your corners. No need to worry once you have cut to size the touch up paint. When the sides need to be finished a simple quick use of the touch up kit will give a great effect.

Using Correct Trim

Using Correct Trim

Adding certain pieces to your home or business makes a big impression upon people because it provides depth and character to the area. Utilizing these pieces effectively is easy due to their user friendly design. Click on the picture or phrase architectural elements to go to the installation page and check out our tips and tricks to finish your project professionally. Adding these elements enhance the flow of the design.

 When adding that special twist to your home using polyurethane products can accelerate your project time greatly. One great example is when a TV studio purchased a large order of coral stone posts for their new set.  Their set was drastically transformed. Within a day they had a beautiful row of bleached white coral stone posts covered with a rail that accented the room. The short time it took also saved them money but the professional quality product made it seem like real coral stone.  Another great example of how accessories or different architectural additions can drastically reshape the elements and ambiance or your project.

The quality of the smallest piece can make the biggest difference when trying to create a mood or effect. Some people have made masterpieces by just letting their creativity run free from column tops to the rails and moldings Polyurethane makes for a huge difference when it comes to possibilities.

 

Best Siding Options And Advice

Posted on September 6, 2013

 

Front Siding Faux Stone Design

Front Siding Faux Stone Design

Siding can make or break a house. When people are shopping for houses they know that siding is an important part of the house. The type of siding used can make a great deal of difference when renovating a house. It is true that not all projects are equal and some require a different less traditional approach in order to get the job done right. Siding makes a big impression and is an influential part of the home which helps define its character and ambiance. The siding also helps insulate the home therefore plays an important architectural role.

People always wonder how they could cover their siding or foundation without a hassle. It is a big project if you use the wrong materials it could take forever. The best bet is to find a product and design that enables you to get the product installed quickly with the least amount of skilled labor required. For the best application results it is important to take correct measurements in order to avoid any problems and to ensure you get the right amount of materials.

Now the hard part is choosing which method to use for fixing up the siding or foundation of your house. There is a very short list of options. Some people go with plastic or wood boards or a trellis under their mobile home for example. All of these are fine but the best option is the one that provides you with a quality look and a durable long lasting product. Imitation stone or brick panels are an easy and quick way to fix the siding or foundation areas for your home because it provides an affordable yet high quality result for your project.

Faux Stone Siding

Faux Stone Siding

Even the siding of sheds can be a great space for improvement. By the time people fix up their backyard, usually the old shed stands as the last eyesore to deal with. Naturally nobody wants to get rid of the only place they can store all the extra stuff that they cannot fit in the house. So instead of buying a new shed and destroying the old one simply add a couple of veneer stone or brick panels. This enables you to match it against the surroundings wrapping up the beautiful backyard with no eyesore in sight. Within a day you have created a new shed with great attributes just by changing the siding.

The siding and foundation areas are some of the most visible areas that show the true age of the house.  The best way to avoid showing the houses true age is by covering and remodeling around the areas that have the most gaps like the skirting or foundation even mobile home communities can use this product to cover up the bottom of their home. There is no end to the advantages and possibilities of using this product  for that project.