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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.

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

How to Cut Faux Stone Properly

Posted on March 22, 2017

Making The Cut

Faux Stone is one of the most versatile products to hit the home improvement market. Cutting faux stone is simple and easy to do. Unlike stone cutting saws there is no need for expensive diamond blades, create messy dust or use water.

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

The polyurethane is durable yet light enough to allow for an easy cut with any saw. The table saw ensures the straightest and highest quality cut but any saw with a steady hand or a straight edge.

If you look in your garage or your toolbox and do not find one do not worry you will still be able to use any other kind of saw such as a jigsaw or circular saw in order to finish your project. If you do not have any equipment at all then go to the nearest home improvement store and simply rent one. This will still be cheaper than any other method in the long run; like using real stone or hiring a mason.

The main thing you should be focused on while doing your project is the proper preparation. Make sure the area is flat and devoid of bumps and other blemishes. Lay out the panels around the installation area to plan which panel to cut and where to create corners and returns.

Do not fret because this only takes minutes. Some problems that arise while cutting is when people have pipes or fixtures and they need to put stone around it, which highlights the beauty and ease of faux stone. You may cut anywhere to fit your needs.

After you receive a panel you simply face it where you want and draw out the line where you need to cut in order to fit the piping. If you run into any problems such as having too much or little of a panel the large assortment of finished edges will fit to your needs thereby giving you the customized look and professional finished result when you are done with your project.

Here is a great example of the finished product after the corners and correct cuttings have been made.

the finished product

Here's the finished product

Unlike other products, like cast stone, you can easily miter-cut the panels and create seamless joint. You can see how natural products are difficult to miter-cut and create a clean look. The material is very forgiving and you can cover any gap with caulking and using out touch-up kit to paint over it for a joint that will be very difficult to see.

 

Once you have established the exact area you need to cover draw out where the panels will go. Then apply how many you will need according to your design. Triple check your measurements and then confirm with the actual panels where you want them to go. Make sure to do the cutting as you go.

Do not start cutting right away or else you will not be able to keep a continuous flow of pattern. An example of an important cut is the miter cut which is used on the corners of columns or end of walls.

The goal is to stack the panels properly cutting off the edges in order to place them in a pattern. The edge that you cut off is not waster, you can use it to start then next row onto the level right above it and interlocks them into place that is why it is important to do your cutting as you go along.

A great place to find a picture step guide is on anticoelements.com/installation.  So keep your saw and marker handy. Always, use your tape measure in order to ensure you are cutting off the right pieces. In order to ensure a professional look make sure edges are cut straight. Be safe and have fun with your next home transformation project.

Stone Wall Backdrops And Props

Posted on August 17, 2015

One of the things we, as people, like to do is to create a specific atmosphere in the places we live. This can be created with low cost products and achieving a certain look or choose quality materials that look realistic. This is also true for those who create a temporary stage for theater or TV.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

Creating the right atmosphere is vital for your home, office or a stage. A lot of hours are spent to paint an shape the props around a show. The reason for employing such time is that the viewer needs to immerse himself in the program. This helps make the whole experience more memorable and, for commercial uses, to replicate a real living environment.

For those working in these fields it must be very exciting to be able to create a stone wall without have to really build one.
Imagine having to build a real frame with, wood, cinder blocks or stone just for a theatrical event, a trade show or a commercial.

The exiting thing we always bring up is that when using faux stone panels you can create a very large wall in a matter of hours. You can’t beat the convenience of a large, very realistic stone sheet that can be placed on any wall in a couple of minutes.

The other benefit is the take-down and disassembling of the stone prop and stage. When putting up a trade show booth with stone, brick or any other material the installation time-frame plays a big role in the whole project. We only have a certain amount of time to build and take down our space.

Stone Display Booth At Trade Shows

Panels Of Brick For Display Booth At Trade Shows

Imagine if you had to hire a mason to build an actual wall with real stone and mortar. How about removing it at the end?

The benefits of using imitation stone paneling carries over the reuse of the material.
Once you used the panels once it doesn’t mean they have to be discarded at all. They will be still in perfect conditions to reuse them in a similar application or any other one.
This is an incredibly durable and tough product.

Keep that in mind for your future project. Order samples early so that you can see for yourself.

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.

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.

Remodeling Your Old Backsplash

Posted on November 27, 2013

The backsplash is an important part of the kitchen. It is the area where all the sauces get splashed onto. The backsplash also sets the tone and feeling for the kitchen. If it is just another regular backsplash then the kitchen doesn’t stand out.

Backsplash

Backsplash

The character of the kitchen is defined by the ambiance it creates through colors and textures. If the colors are light with an open and inviting room for cooks then it is a successful kitchen design. If it feels closed, cramped, and the kitchen doesn’t feel good for cooking in then the kitchen should have some color and style to freshen it up.

Remodeling is a difficult process because it takes a lot of time to decide what to use or do for your backsplash. Many people buy a home and want to personalize it but they don’t know where to start.

The kitchen is a perfect place to start because it has high traffic and apparent visibility. If the backsplash is an old style then it should be modernized with a couple simple steps.

There are many choices in remodeling your backsplash. Find a color or style that you would like to go with and stick with it because changing the design half way through a project is incredibly expensive and hard to fix.

There are many creative and interesting ways to remodel the back splash using materials that are easy to install, that way most of the work can be done by the homeowner.

Doing the project by yourself can save you a lot of time and money. All the information you need to find is at your fingertips.

It is up to you whether or not you want to revolutionize the way your house feels. The best way to do this is by changing the focal points of your home first. Places like the front yard, kitchen and living room are the areas that exhibit the highest traffic.

The kitchen is a perfect place to start because it has many visitors and it is one of the focal points for the home. Home buyers like to experience the kitchen before they buy a home because it is a central part of anyone's lifestyle. The walls adjacent to the back splash should also use the same type of stone wall decoration to match the backsplash.

It would be a great idea to stock a little bit of food for any of the showings.  This way the agent has a chance to show the lifestyle the home embodies by reflecting what life would be like when they moved in.

The kitchen is a great place to start your renovation because it draws. It is one of the main ways to increase the convenience of the lifestyle they want to pursue. The kitchen splash plays a central role in the flow of the kitchen because the color it shows reflects the ambiance. The home is an extension of ourselves and the backsplash is a wonderful way to revitalize your home in one easy process.

Many people wonder what they can do with their kitchen but tearing it down in order to remodel is not necessary. Simply pick out the style or color that you want to incorporate and go on ahead. The main thing to remember is the fact that this area gets very dirty, bypass this issue by picking a material or method that doesn’t show the grime.

Stone Below counter

Getting your backsplash fixed gives you home a new look and feel by changing the way the kitchen is used and how it looks. With the right lighting and textures the kitchen can be a very warm and inviting place.

By using an efficient system the main part of the home will have a new feel and guests will enjoy the cooking and eating experience. Revitalizing your home is not as expensive as most people think. Once people learn a couple of techniques they can do most projects themselves.

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.