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The Easy Way To Create A Stacked Stone Wall

Posted on October 15, 2018

Many ask us if the products in our testimonials real stacked stone are. They are always quite surprised to find out that it is in fact faux stone in the form of panels.

They also go on with asking how difficult it must have been to create that stacked stone look with panels of fake stone.

Stacked Stone Wall Made With Panels

Stacked Stone Wall Made With Panels

 

In reality, using Antico Element’s panel is a lot easier to make any plain drywall area look like a real stone wall, much easier than the so-called real stone. The reason we are a bit skeptical about using this term is because many do not know that what today is called real is just cast concrete, that comes out of the mods looking like real stone. Many decide to use cast stone with the hope their wall will look more real. Even with the amount of work required to install cast stone they still can’t get the project to look real; all the joints and corners remain visible and often looking fake.

Bad looking corner made with cast stone

Bad looking corner made with cast stone

 

So, how did Michael M. create his fireplace looking so rich?

A great looking project made with faux stone wall paneling

A great looking project made with faux stone wall paneling

How did Richard and others make his staircase and fireplace look so real? Was it hard?

  • They did a little research and asked us a couple of questions on how to cut faux stone panels and how to treat the edges.
  • Ordered the panels online, received them with a paint kit and instructions on how to contact us in case he had some more questions.
  • They made no preparation of the existing wall because these faux stacked stone sheets can be installed on virtually any surface; there was no need to go to your hardware store and get those heavy concrete backer-boards.
  • They applied construction adhesive in the back of the panels and used a finish nail gun or screws to fasten them to the wall.
  • Some of them were cut at 45 degrees to make turns and with the help of a table or circular saw, caulk and touch-up paint the corner transitions were made completely seamless.
Mitered Corners Made With Panels

Mitered Corners Made With Panels

 

Even in cases where you must install the stacked stone panels on concrete you can simply shoot power-nails directly on the surface and just paint the nail head. Our panels are designed to withstand the outdoor stresses. You may take a look at some more information here:
https://www.anticoelements.com/content/11-faux-stone-panels

Here is a perfect example:

Corners made with Antico Elements Stacked Stone

Corners made with Antico Elements Stacked Stone In Glacier

If we say these products are easy to use and shape it is because we always here these comments from our clients.

Just give it a try, you will understand!

 

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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.

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.

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.

Affordable Remodeling

Posted on July 11, 2014

Remodeling can be a stressful process but that changes with the advances made in the home improvement industry. Tools and remodeling products have been evolving every generation. Saving money while remodeling is not so tricky when using the right materials and methods.

Saw blades are designed with more accuracy and sharpness. Computers now give us more exact construction methods. The handheld tool has been redesigned to have a longer list of different capabilities in order to accommodate many uses.

Chemicals are created that form stronger bonds. Alloys are being designed that are stronger than their previous counterparts. With all of the advancements being made the goal is not only to make different projects easier, but cheaper as well.

Power To The People

Products like faux stone panels enable individuals to do projects such as home renovations or business remodeling themselves. It helps make large remodeling projects affordable. Compounds like polyurethane have been improved upon over the century leading to great architectural elements that aid people in their remodeling project. It is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process and has an incredible amount of longevity. Its manufacturing process has also been upgraded so the atmosphere is not hurt by the emissions the production.

Start Of Renovation

Start Of Renovation

Polyurethane is a hardened resin which is then painted to look exactly like the architectural elements it represents.  The product comes in many different forms. They save a lot of money for people who can’t afford to remodel their homes using regular contractors and traditional construction methods.

Remodeling is an essential part of the economy helping keep the values of home in an attractive profit margin. It stimulates different sectors in manufacturing as well as labor. Polyurethane products may seem insignificant to most people that don’t know about it or have never used it but in fact it is a beacon in the home improvement industry.

It serves as a rally point for people that are ready to make their home better without diving into a series of crippling loans or credit card expenses. This product makes it possible to make anyone’s home or business into a luxurious retreat. By changing your home or business you can revolutionize it so it looks better in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Installing Faux Stone Panels Made Easy

Posted on January 8, 2014

Installing Faux Stone

Faux Stone is easy and fun to work with, but there are a couple of tools and tips that will make the project easier. The first thing to remember is to have all the tools you will need. Below you will find a list of the simple tools that will help you finish your project.

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Hand saw (a table saw, miter saw or jig saw can be used if available.)
• Nails or screws (exterior grade if used outdoor and masonry screws for brick, concrete etc.)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails, PL, etc.
• Safety Glasses

After gathering all your tools take your time to temporarily place the panels around the area which you plan to cover. This will give you a good idea of which ones you have to cut. Preparation is essential to ensuring short project time as well as a professional look.

The second tip to remember is to start with the corners first. If you are using our corners temporarily place them in using nails and no adhesive. This will give you a picture of what the room will look like. Make sure that everything is perpendicular to the floor. Remember to avoid using too much adhesive for the corners.

Last but not least is the third recommendation. Place the panels from left to right. This is the correct way to place them. It isn’t necessary to cut the panels before you place them. You will cut them as you go along which guarantees you make the right cut to the right panels. If you cut the panels before actually putting them in place then the order of the panels can be messed up and you won’t get a professional look. As you see below they are quite light and easy to place.

Installing Panels

Installing Panels

In this section you can see what happens when it is not applied properly which is why it is so important to remember to use the correct installation procedures which can give you the best outcome. This project is easy to set up when you plan out where the ends of each panel will go. This could have been avoided if the same panels had been used.

Bad stone panels application

Bad stone panels application

Enjoy your newly remodeled house. Take pride in the fact that you did it all on your own and that you saved money on a hard project that imitation stone panels made easy. Using polyurethane product also ensures a great finish for the project.

The installation may seem tricky at first, but anybody can do it. The truth is that it is easier to use then most televisions. The only way people make mistakes is because they don't read or follow instructions properly.

Any stone or brick project is made possible with polyurethane panels. In fact it is better to use because it avoids all the drawbacks that are associated with natural stone.

Tips On Quick Ways to Make Your Home Look and Feel Amazing

Posted on January 3, 2014

Find Your Diamond In the Rough

A diamond in the rough is a phrase that refers to an object that is very valuable, but hard to find. Finding that diamond in the rough is a boost to any renovation project. This means finding a style or a piece of the puzzle for your  home improvement project that wraps up the whole concept efficiently. Faux stone panels represents that diamond in the rough for small projects like a fireplace remodeling job The best way to stay ahead of the problems that come with any renovation is  through good research.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

The best designers and contractors both agree the ability to find the right piece for a project is tough. Most projects demand a flexible product that can go anywhere. Imitation stone panels can go inside and outside with great success.

Sometimes the homeowner's ideas are constantly changing and inconsistent. This creates a demand for materials that are easy to install. Easy installation also

Establishing a method for renovation is hard because of the many different issues involved. The time factor that affects it can create the biggest obstacle in finishing a project on time and most importantly on budget. Traditional methods are quickly becoming outdated which was the inspiration for the polyurethane architectural elements.

Using creative ideas means finding innovative ways to apply those ideas. Many home improvement projects require skilled laborers to make the renovation complete.

Fortunately, no skilled labor is needed when using creative products like the ones offered at Antico Elements. These panels provide the diamond in the rough. They can be applied anywhere in any climate and reduce the project time into minutes or a few hours.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

 

Creativity Equals Success

The designs being used today are aimed at bringing together the modern contemporary style with a traditional earthy tone. Evoking a sense of liberal modernism has been the result of the trending designs that have been taking over the United States.

The best way to calculate the difference is by the traffic in these styles and how many buildings now incorporate them automatically in their finished real estate. Many investors have realized the need and benefit of selling furnished homes or offices.

It is important for contractors to be aware of the alternative when approaching these projects because they can be finished sooner rather than later.

It will help increase the ability of the contractor to pick up more work.

The more projects the better it is for the company and the more contractors that network the stronger the home improvement industry will become as a whole. If contractors learned how to work with  faux stone or brick panels then a new age of construction will follow.

Making sure your project goes as planned is just as important to us as it for our clients. We go the extra distance to make sure our clients are happy with their project.

Ensuring success in every job received is important for business because reputation is everything. Quality and consistency is important in delivering the right brand. Imitation stone panels are a diamond in the rough for the home improvement industry.

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.

Faux Sheets And Paneling Art

Posted on October 4, 2013

Faux Stone Panels and Art

Art is a reflection of human nature. It shows us the ideas and emotions of the artist or designer which also reflects the characteristics of their generation. Each color and each presentation is aimed at evoking an emotional response. Art expresses the unique perceptions of the artist. The goal and the process of artistic design is all about using creative methods to create beautiful or dark styles that the artist wants to represent in their work.

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Emotional responses are controlled by the method and medium the artist chooses to use. This is why choosing new and exciting mediums is very important when it comes to making a great impression with a fresh perspective.

Designers have to understand how to manipulate emotion and function to create an effective style. Good designers can recreate the different themes or styles that the clients require. Great designers know how to create their own brand by using new and effective ways of making each project speak volumes.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

New Medium Helps Designers make a winning Impression

A new medium for designers has been popping up in different trade shows and exhibitions across the world. This medium is known as the imitation stone or brick panels which have become increasingly popular due to the advances in technology and realistic look they portray. Designers have fallen in love with this product. The convenience of the panels have also attracted many homeowners to the market because it is geared for the do it yourself-er. They are not only realistic but easy to install so the designers save money and time because they don’t have to worry about dealing with masons.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

Using a new method to build unique styles helps the designer make a winning impression among their colleagues and clients. Faux stone and brick panels do away with all the disadvantages of using the traditional elements of construction. Therefore, the next generation of designers has already embraced this product because of the flexibility it offers them.