Antico Elements Blog

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!

 

#fauxstone #fauxStonePanels #FauxStoneWall #DIY #StackedStone
#faux_stone #faux_Stone_Panels #Faux_Stone_Wall #DIY #Stacked_Stone

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.

Easy Remodeling Project That Increases The Resale Value Of Your Home

Posted on March 11, 2014

Remodeling or renovating a home can be a tedious process, but the end result is always worth it. They say all work and no play is bad for the soul, and it is true! That is why it is important for people to invest in themselves and invest in their homes.

Coming home after work to a clean and beautiful home relaxes the mind and body. Making that home unique and full of character can easily increase the market price.  It can help the homeowner get a nice return on their investment.

Beautiful Home

Beautiful Home

The problem with renovating any home or business is the time and cost it takes to get finished. The main cost comes from labor due to the length of time most projects require, as well as the type of tools required for such skilled labor.

Renovations are projects that can be done in a short amount of time which provide a great way to invest in yourself and in your home.

Committing yourself to a new addition or a second story on the one story home, may be too big a project to take on right away. Renovating with stone veneer panels gives people the choice of the look they want. Consumers can get a quality look for less time and money. This is why architects and designers love using this product. These panels achieve the look and design people want without the headache.

Using smaller projects first, enables you to fix more things without spending a lot of money. For example, remodeling the fireplace is a great place to start because it is a symbolic part of the home.

Remodeling the fireplace can be a great start to fixing up your house and turning it into the home of your dreams.  It is a traditional and symbolic section of the house which is why people are drawn to the fireplace. It's a great start for renovating the interior but the biggest difference happens when people walk inside and they are astounded to find out that it isn’t real stone after the host tells the guest.  It can be one of the most memorable places in a home. Fireplaces show signs of aging very quickly. Often, this is the reason why some people who want to remodel their home usually start with the fireplace.

A common misconception about renovating a fireplace is that you have to take down all the preexisting walls and tile around the area.Antico Fireplace In Alpi Almond

With faux stone panels we make it easy to remodel the whole facing of the fireplace without worrying about an expensive tear down.

Simply make sure there is a flat surface and avoid the hassle of an interior demolition project.

The amount of time and labor saved from having to tear down the wall is priceless. It takes a long and chaotic process to undo the dust and debris from a project like that. Using our stone or brick panels not only brings the fireplace to life, but it also increases the value of the home itself.  They can be cut with wood cutting tools available.

The savings comes from the amount of time and labor and installation preparation needed. Most people do not have masonry experience so it makes it difficult for them to do their own home renovations. The best satisfaction one can have is the feeling of completion of  your own hard work.

The panels provide a method for people to renovate quickly without making a large mess to clean up. They can install the panels and cover hundreds square feet in under a day. There is no stone cutting that leads to large amounts of dust blowing everywhere and making a mess. There is no need for mortar compound which can destroy certain parts of the home if it spills onto carpet or other areas. Panels make life easy.

It is a very friendly material that enables people to cut it at their discretion. This product is easy to use and doesn’t take any skill or experience to install.  All it takes is a little bit of time and attention.

To some people the fireplace is the main focal point for a house but there are many aspects of a house that come into play. The character of the home is also defined by color, texture, and even floor space plays a large role. This wall in the picture, for example, flows with the design of the cabinetry for the home.

The character for the house is usually defined by the front and by the fireplace within. It is extremely influential in the way somebody perceives the home. The way the light plays with the house and its siding makes a big impression and gives meaning to the character.

Attraction is half the battle which is why it is important to cultivate the best circumstances for the pieces for your design in the first place.

Modern Home

Modern Home

Renovating those parts of the house are a great way to start the renovation process without getting into a deep commitment. The construction process can be complicated and overwhelming. Using our realistic looking panels provides the perfect option to alleviate those problems. By beautifying the home you add value to the home and make it more comfortable for everyone.

Trade Show Materials And Movie Magic

Posted on January 27, 2014

Set designers and movie producers have found new ways to make sets look quite realistic. Not only do they seek to make the sets as real as possible, but they also desire easy installation. Imitation stone or brick helps set designers save time and money with their projects. Building a set is a complicated and hard process but it can't take a long time because the projects usually have a short deadline.

Sets have to be made in a short amount of time or else the project goes go over budget and underwater. These projects are large undertakings which require a lot of work and attention to detail which is why polyurethane architectural elements play a large role.

Making a movie means creating a realistic yet magical interpretation of the artist’s story. Movies help people escape from reality or get in touch with parts of life that people haven’t experienced before.

Each piece of the puzzle has to be perfect so the story really touches peoples' hearts. That is why it is so important that polyurethane products are made with the strictest attention to detail so they ensure a great look. This set below did not use one ounce of real stone but the polyurethane architectural elements made them seem realistic.

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Set designers are some of the most creative people in any industry because they have to improvise and innovate with almost every project they work on. The product that helps make their life a lot easier is the Antico Elements' faux stone panels used in some TV show sets and movies.

Polyurethane comes in a variety of shapes and sizes enabling set designers to create houses that look like brick homes in hours without having to use real brick. Different architectural elements and installation tips can be found here for more information- www.anticoelements.com

If crews are going to shoot a scene in a house that requires the traditional look of brick set designers can save time because the brick panels just need to be screwed or glued onto studs or plywood to create that realistic look.

This equals hours of work saved for the set designers. Before polyurethane products set designers would have to paint fake bricks on houses or find another way of creating a stone or brick style on a set that looks just like the real thing.

Brick homes like the one in Home Alone could have been made at a quarter of the price that it cost for actually renting and filming in one for a movie because homeowners usually charge an exorbitant rate for renting the house for a movie due to the inconvenience.

Old traditional Brick House

Old traditional Brick House

With faux stone panels any set can be made within deadline and look realistic. This helps create just the right mood the director is looking for. In addition, a great set helps the actors be better at what they do because it helps make them feel the presence of the role they are playing.

Fast And Easy Wins The Race

When the designers are thinking of a fast and easy way to create a new design for their set faux stone or brick panels represent the best option to use.

With its many advantages and quick installation guide it has been a proven remedy for any problems in creating a fantastic breath taking set. Creating movie magic has never been easier with the use of polyurethane architectural elements.

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.

Make Your Dream Home A Reality

Posted on November 12, 2013

Tips On Making Your Dream Home A Reality

Remodeling, renovating or building a home is a tricky process. There are many factors that play into the construction of the house. The main factor is money. Nine out of ten times money is the main mover and obstacle in some projects. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money and time in the building process. Using the newest products in the market can give you a leg up on your renovation. This article can help you create a vision for the way you want to fix your home.

Front Comes First

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

Fixing up the front of the house is essential in renovating any home because it creates the first impression. The front is how we express ourselves to the world therefore it should reflect who you are.

This is usually the reason why many people seek to modernize buy an older home. Homeowners that want to create a stone look for their house are usually scared away by the large installation, labor and maintenance cost. They can avoid all three of these obstacles by using and installing imitation stone or brick panels.

Installing them outside or inside is no problem because they have a closed cell structure that makes them impermeable. Polyurethane panels are durable and lightweight giving them the strength needed to be used on the foundation of a house and the durability to last without expensive maintenance. These panels can revolutionize the way a house looks from the front by creating the stone or brick design homeowners can give their home a great facelift for a quarter of the price it would normally cost.

Bad Backyard No Problem

Backyard Posts

Backyard Posts

The backyard is the place where family and friends socialize. It is usually the focal point for most homeowners because this is simply where they spend most of their free time. The backyard has some spots that easily reveal the age of the house.

Decks show aging signs more clearly because the posts supporting them require a lot of maintenance. The best option to cover up the posts is with post wraps which can create the best look for the lowest price. Using imitation stone to cover the posts is a great way to save money and make your backyard look great by hiding those bare and boring posts.

Fixing An Inferior Interior

The interior of the home is where the real magic happens. Unfortunately, most people fill their homes with furniture or miscellaneous items that don’t flow with the design of the house. This problem results in stressful clutter clogging up the free space of the house. Adding more clutter to the home is not the solution to fixing the interior in some cases less is more. Sometimes just getting the right stuff to go in the right places can speak volumes for a home.

Changing the color or texture of certain rooms can elevate the prestige and unique characteristics of the home. Using imitation stone or brick panels can help transform any room within an hour instead of days. The panels provide a whole new look to be enjoyed. They can even be applied in bathrooms since they are waterproof.

Making your dream home is a fun and exciting experience. It is important not to let your desires be curbed by financial constraints. Using products that don’t require skilled labor to install is important because it helps save money and time. Creating your dream home is possible by using the right products that can help make that dream become a reality.

Real Feedback Equals Real Results

Posted on October 17, 2013

The home improvement industry is constantly changing and finding good products is getting harder every day which is why using consumers' feedback is important. The best way to find out about new products is getting feedback from customers themselves. Learning about real experiences help paint a better picture of the pros and cons in using natural stone. Unlike consumers who have used traditional masonry people who have purchased fake stone panels have all fallen in love with the professional look and easy installation process.

Using trial and error is not the most efficient means of production so people use different forums like Houzz.com to find out information on the projects they want to tackle before they get started. Doing your homework can increase the efficiency of the project and make sure they come out looking like this living room below.

Many home improvement projects include using stone facing for skirting or foundation cladding. Projects that use stone may appear inexpensive at first but once we take real people’s experiences and extrapolate the real cost after construction then we can make an educated decision.

Educating the masses and helping others is the main reason why people need to do their homework before starting a project. Taking a look at the real costs and methods involved in the project can help people save money and time.

Stone cladding takes a long time to finish. For example, to cover 48 square feet with thin river rock natural stone pieces took two people three days to finish. With faux stone panels it could have easily taken under three hours. It would have only required about five river rock panels which you can find here.

Here is an excerpt from their discussion, “We were very pleased. He and his father are great and actually did the entire kitchen from pictures I drew. This stone work job cost roughly $1,300. A bargain!” According to them this was a bargain when it could have cost them $834 including shipping if they used faux stone panels. Plus it would have only taken three hours to complete the project with one person.

Another example of the long time it takes to complete a stone facing project is an instance where a man wanted to cover the foundation of his house. Some of the sides he was covering amounted to 300 square feet and some were only 28 square feet.

Imagine if you will trying to mortar a piece of stone above your head that weighs easily a couple of pounds which could easily fall and kill you with one blow with one wrong step or the mortar didn't hold it. I don’t know about you but that seems a little ridiculous to take that risk just to make your house look better. Take a look at this picture and imagine if one of those stone pieces came off the grout line and fell on one of the guys with no helmet. Do you think a trip to the hospital would make a difference?

The house below represents the instance of the man trying to cover the foundation in natural stone. He took two summers working from June to November to finish the whole project. The project required him to mix eighty bags by hand. For those of us who have already mixed bags of mortar by hand your wrist is probably already aching just at the thought of it, but for those readers who haven’t had the pleasure try it and see how your arm feels after a couple bags.

Faux Sheet Installation

In conclusion, most of our readers now realize that there has to be a better and faster way to get the same results. Thankfully, there is a better way that only requires the ability to lift light panels of imitation stone. Faux stone or imitation stone panel installation only takes a fraction of the time it takes for traditional stone installation and isn't dangerous at all.

 

 

Stone Veneer Facing Made Fast

Posted on October 10, 2013

Stone facing is a long and complex process. This article describes many steps involved in conventional masonry while shedding light on the advantages of imitation stone panels. These steps could otherwise be avoided using fake stone panels which provide a better look at a fraction of the price. Also, there are different unseen expenses that are overlooked in the initial proposal for the project.

The crew needed for the project is another factor that can add a large expense, especially if the project runs into delays due to bad weather which doesn't effect faux stone panel installation. Stone facing can be broken down into a couple of steps which highlight the disadvantages of using this process. Observe the picture below to get an idea of the various steps involved.

Learn The Process And Choose For Yourself

The first step requires choosing a method for the securing the base mortar coat. Once you have chosen the surface then get the vertical substrate ready which means laying down the base mortar coat adding more time to the project.

The substrate or underlying wall where the stone is being placed has to meet certain requirements before being set.It must be strong enough to hold the weight of the stone cladding so a wooden frame won’t hold up. It also needs to have a waterproof barrier which is extremely important. Usually, cinder block or steel substrates are needed to give support to the masonry veneer.

Masonry veneer means stone facing that has no load bearing components but still requires a lot of preparation work before installing. Even though it has no load bearing effect the masonry still needs to have a drainage cavity for projects that may encounter moisture. The drainage cavity allows for moisture to be disposed of properly so the interior wall isn't destroyed by moisture deterioration.

Masonry projects cost as much to maintain as they cost to build according to, masoncontractors (OCTOBER 25, 2010 9:30 AM CDT). This maintenance is usually due one of the many factors that can go wrong in masonry. Then the masonry crew must build a flashing system at the base of the veneer. The flashing system is designed to prevent moisture from deteriorating the joints and mortar in the wall.

Moisture is the main factor that really hurts most masonry projects and requires more labor because creating the flashing system is an expensive and necessary process. Masonry cladding also requires lateral support in order to reinforce the stone facing. All of these steps and more must be considered in any masonry project because time is money and the more time a project takes the more money it costs to finish.

The Logical Choice

Stone close-up

Stone close-up

After all of these steps there are still many aspects and factors that require more in depth review which will be discussed in future articles. With the basic overview above we can easily see the long and expensive process it takes to build using the natural stone facing process. Imitation stone panels could easily create the same or better result in a fraction of the time it takes to place natural stone. Check out some of the panels here.

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.