Antico Elements Blog

Real Stone And Brick Or Faux

Posted on June 7, 2018

Very often our great followers, clients and supporters ask us what the differences are between “real” stone or brick and the faux versions.

Often, they include in the question a phrase like “how does your product compare to real stone and brick prices?”.
The first thing we bring up is the difference between real and cast. Many of them are not aware of the difference between a stone that has been extracted from a quarry and a stone that has been cast with the use of concrete or even gypsum.

This is an essential distinction because real stone is not affordable but cast stone is priced based on the durability and look.

We have always had one goal in mind, provide a great product at a great price.

Our brick and stone panels always look realistic because we start by crating molds from real products. For example, in the image below you can see how we order real Chicago style reclaimed brick from demolished buildings.
The parts that come out of our molds reproduce every detail of the original material.

Reclaimed-Brick

Reclaimed-Brick

Many companies only resell products and some simply take some of ours and copy them, creating a second or third generation product. It shows!
We manufacture our products in-house, so we control the quality.

There are also other products used to compare to ours.
Wall Paper
Vinyl Sheets
Printed Or Press Cardboard

We want to remind our followers of how they look:

Concrete Blocks

Concrete Blocks

Printed-Stone

Printed-Stone

Once we make our initial educational speech our customers feel a lot more informed and comfortable in making a decision.

It is also true that many of them call us or come to our showroom with a smile in their faces and then say:” do you know how long we’ve been looking for a product like yours?? ”.

For those who need a realistic-looking brick or stone accent, at an affordable price point, we are here to answer any question.

The Beauty Of Brick Polyurethane Panels For Backsplash

Posted on March 9, 2018
The Completed Job. Brick Backsplash.

Who says you need to spend a fortune to create a kitchen backsplash that looks like a million dollar?

The conventional belief is that it is necessary to spend a ton to create a realistic and rich brick wall, for interior or exterior.

Using expensive, real brick for any project can surely add up to a large bill. Most people believe this is the only way you can create a brick wall that looks like the real thing. Needless to say, many things have changed in the past twenty years. A lot of products have been created that make projects such a kitchen backsplash or a store backdrop a breeze.

Kitchen Brick Backsplash

Kitchen Brick Backsplash

We constantly hear installers say they were hesitant at first. They were quite skeptical in switching from real brick to faux brick but then, after trying the new product, they vouch not to go back to the old brick types.

There are many reasons why this faux product amazes homeowners and installers alike.

For one, the overall cost is a fraction of that of regular brick. Faux brick panels may seem expensive but when you factor in the rest of the costs you will soon see the benefits.

Another Kitchen Brick Backsplash

Another Kitchen Brick Backsplash

Any person can embark in this type of project, without the need to hire a brick layer.

Faux brick sheets are made of a product that repels food stains so if is very easy to clean.

This product is now being used in very many types of projects. You can find them in homes, office, groceries stores and many bars. It is also used in many trade show displays. It’s not just the convenience of installation but also the savings in shipping it. Being such a lightweight product the cost of shipping it is greatly reduced. There is not mess left in the home since this product does not require a wet saw or mortar!

Go ahead, be another installer who will say “no more real brick”.

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The Completed Job

The Completed Job

When Faux Brick And Stone Panels Are Made With Quality.

Posted on January 10, 2018

It is safe to say that during every project, whether it for residential or commercial, the installer appreciates the quality of the product and the ease of use.

At Antico Elements we never lose track of what is important to the installers and designs.
The last thing an installer needs is an issue with the quality of brick panels or how hard they are to install. Back when real brick and stone were the only option, the mason would just be used to the time it took to create a wall. Today, after testing and appreciating the value of faux brick paneling, most installer will not go back and use real brick.

Let's say you need to design and create a TV show's set and background. Let's also imagine that you need a light-weight set that can be moved to make room of the next show. You really can't use real stone (or cast stone) or real brick. In the video below from our great supporters within the Dude Perfect team you can see how real materials would never work in that set.
(you can see our product at 0:25 minutes)

You could also use some pressed board or vinyl panels but, the quality is clearly not up to par with polyurethane molded panels.

We do all the work for you.
The molds are created from a real brick panels. This original panel is made of real reclaimed bricks from a demolished building so the molds that results from it will reproduce an exact replica of the original.
If you add the way we paint each brick one by one, by hand, you really can't compare the quality to any other faux product.

White brick panel used in the set above

White brick panel used in the set above

Let's not forget about maintenance and removal.
Real brick is porous and it will absorb any stain. With acrylic-painted imitation panels the wall will be waterproof and super easy to clean.
In many cases these sets or trade show booths are taken down and reused somewhere else. If you install the panels with screws, you can easily take them down and reuse many times.

We have perfected the custom products manufacturing so, if you have a specific color and texture in mind, we can easily create a new product. You may click HERE to use our contact page.

Thank you!

Wall Brick And Stone Panels Help TV Set Designs And Retail Stores Designs.

Posted on December 27, 2017

We are often approached by designers who have spent countless time trying to create a backdrop for a retail store or TV talk show set that incorporates a brick or stone accent. They confess to us that it would have been much easier to install brick or stone panels instead of trying to use real brick and stone, or even worse, trying to faux paint that look.
One of the challenges in our market is to let store outfitters, display booth designers and many other know that faux stone and brick panels exist. Once they find out they usually incorporate them in the design and drastically reduce the time it takes to design and build a project.

Stages look incredibly better with stage lighting pointing directly to the stone panels from above. You can't create the same feel by using wallpaper or faux painted bricks.

TV-Show set using faux brick panels

TV-Show set using faux brick panels

Selling the panels is for us just part of our focus. We focus on helping broadcast professionals and trade show booth designers in creating outstanding design that meet the needed time frame and budgets.

We can create custom products, panels with different sizes and textures as well as custom colors.

If you are in the trade show business you have probably seen how long it takes to install reals stone and real brick and how long it takes to take the booth down. All that work is also employed for just one show.

A lot of work needed for real stone

A lot of work needed for real stone

When using panels you can install the booth in hours but most of all, your clients can reuse the panels. All you need to install them is either use screws or even velcro. All of the materials can be reused many time, with a considerable saving.

No-Mess Installation With Faux Stone Paneling

No-Mess Installation With Faux Stone Paneling

Stores and booths should be designed to get customer's attention, not just create a place to hang your products. Spending a few extra dollar per square foot provides and incredible ROI for the designers and the final client.

Stone Display Booth At Trade Shows

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.

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.

More Info About This Product

Click For More Info About This Product

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!

white-chicago-brick

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.

Save Time And Money On Home Renovations

Posted on November 6, 2013

Fixer Upper

Buying a home is a daunting task but fixing it is even scarier. Contractors can charge a high price for labor and it may take a long time to finish which can make the labor cost even higher.  Some homeowners even give up half way through the construction process because of high bills that they didn't expect.  Fortunately, some of the most creative designs can bring about the most creative solutions to your fixer upper dilemma.

There are plenty of ways to make the house look great, from using a new coat of paint or additions on the house like an extra bedroom.

Thankfully, there is an alternative that doesn't include expensive time consuming methods that can easily go over budget.

The best solution would be using imitation stone panels to cover any flat surface from the bathroom to the kitchen. This a great way to turn an old boring house into a beautiful work of art.

Before

Before

The problem with conventional methods is the time and money it takes to complete. In most cases, time is money, literally. Choosing a method that not only adds great depth in color and texture, but also saves money and time is crucial to finishing the project. Paint fades and is very messy but faux stone panels create a new atmosphere with out the huge clean up process.

Making an addition to a house is costly in materials and labor. The main cost is time. Of course everybody wants to save time especially if they are trying to resell the house. The time factor is one of the largest reasons people don’t follow through with renovations for their house.

Synthetic Stone Saves Time And Money

Save money and time with the quick and easy installation of fake stone panels because they are so easy to install it takes only a fraction of time. For more info and visual details on the simple installation process click here. There are many benefits of using these panels such as no maintenance cost. Using panels as siding not only increases the energy efficiency of your home but the curb appeal. It helps insulate the home whether they are placed in the interior or the exterior.

Now homes can be revamped to look their best without the exorbitant cost of using a contractor or large construction crew. The goal of most people who renovate their homes is to avoid unnecessary expenses. The best way to do this is by doing as much of the work possible without hiring anybody else.

After

After

Imagination Plus Creativity Equals Home Improvement

Posted on October 29, 2013

The key to a great product is a creative imagination. Many tools and products in the home improvement industry have come from creative ideas that refuse to be set aside. Engineers with a good imagination can help create products that anyone can use, not only because of the price range but also for the ability of the product to adapt to many projects and create the exact look sought.

Versatility is the main role that any product in the construction industry must maintain. The most successful tools and products in the home improvement market are the ones that can do anything and go anywhere.

What does this means for business? Flexibility equals profitability. Any product that can make people’s lives easier and save them money is guaranteed to be a success.

The Rising Sun Effect

Many products in the home improvement industry have a great run and then fizzle out and stop generating profit. The best way to evaluate the product is by observing its endurance in the field. Many products come out into the market and have a “Rising Sun” effect. This effect can be attributed to the hype of a new product in the market because the demand soars high for a couple of weeks then bottoms out once people realize the product does not stand up over time.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

The unique success of polyurethane imitation stone or brick panels is due to the winning recipe for a great product in the home improvement industry. Statistics prove that they stand up well over time when they are applied correctly.

The droves of happy customers from construction professionals to homeowners reveal the great qualities these products have. This product has been around for close to ten years. As the capabilities keep growing so does our product line because we offer many architectural elements along side the panels.

We strive for the highest quality product in order to embrace the philosophy that customers deserve a high quality product at a low price.

Polyurethane architectural elements also make a great home improvement asset because of the many ways it can be applied. This is a product that comes from a creative imagination which gives the customer a versatile product that last long.