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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.

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”.

Don't forget to check out our Testimonials Page.

The Completed Job

The Completed Job

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 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.

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.

Create Your Paradise With Ease

Posted on February 20, 2015

Anybody who has thought of opening a business started with a dream. That dream has very  specific designs and creativity associated with its inception. Building that dream can turn into a nightmare if the right materials and design methods aren't used.

There are many examples of businesses that spend a long time in the construction phase and lose money and time due to delays. Other examples show a rushed job that doesn't come out looking the way it was projected. Sometimes it comes out looking very unsuitable and unappealing due to the wrong materials or colors being used. There should be no delay in creating that paradise with all of your ideas intact. Polyurethane architectural elements enable people to create their vision without being tied down by the constraints of regular masonry.

There are many new additions and advancements that have been made in the industry of polyurethane products.

Building an inviting room or business is all about presentation. If it is a restaurant it may need low lighting or a cozy environment.

Creating the perfect mood is easy when you have the freedom and resources to make your dream come true. Utilizing the right interior design can help boost business or resale value on a home.

Relaxing Spa Setting

Relaxing Spa Setting

For example, there is a spa in downtown Miami that is known for making people feel like royalty when they step inside because of the interior design.

The beautiful columns and the flowing corbels that held modern looking light torches made the spa look like a very luxurious retreat.

They kept the relaxing music in perfect combination with color and smell. They created the ambiance for a soothing experience. Winning over the customer starts with sight because pleasing the eyes is the first step in keeping a customer.

A Winning Design

Creating a great atmosphere is very important for most businesses in order to be successful. Making the client feel special and well taken care of is a priceless advantage. The ability to make people feel welcome or make them feel cozy is the best marketing tool ever used. Imagine walking into a gym where the pool is surrounded by beautiful columns and the coral stone walls and corbels which create a luxurious ambiance that rivaled that of the roman baths.

The serene environment is not just created with relaxing music or exotic smells, but a great interior design as well. The right design can include adding caps like a deco capital for the top of a column or intricately carved corbels that show off gargoyles or angels. The polyurethane is hardened into an exact representation of a variety of stone pieces that can revolutionize the way a room looks.

The goal of any design is to instill a welcoming feeling for the patrons or homeowners. Design can play a big role in the development of a business.

Using our coral stone balusters and corbels can accent the room like never before. It makes a big difference in the impression it gives to other people because of the design. They will create a wonderful ambiance. There is a long list of different elements that we replicate to perfection, but the major point here is that any project is possible in polyurethane.

Prevent Floods In Your Neighborhood.

Posted on October 6, 2014

Today we want to talk about something a bit different from our usual topic but equally important to homeowners and builders.

Preventing flooding in your neighborhood is a great way to reduce insurance costs and damage to homes.

Drainage is not a thought on the forefront of most people's mind; therefore fixing the problem before it starts is difficult. The following article dives into a great method for reducing floods.

Rain Garden

Rain Garden

Drainage can be an expensive issue for many neighborhoods that use a lot of parking space and concrete driveways. Sewers can only drain so much at any given time. The best form of drainage is the natural kind. Trees and shrubs can help the ground absorb the water in a productive manner.

Using a different array of plants can help make your front lawn ready for heavy rains. The plants also make your lawn look more spacious. By building a rain garden you can help prevent the neighborhood from getting flooded in the future because it will catch a majority of the water. Storm water can harm the ground because of all the toxic elements it carries.

There are many benefits for building rain gardens that help the rest of the Eco-system. Rain gardens can help the Eco-system by preventing storm run-off from entering the local water table. The gardens purify the water of any other toxins that could affect the water table.

Rain Garden 2

Designing A Rain Garden

Rain gardens are simple to make and can be done almost anywhere. All that is needed to start is some good permeable soil. The best way to make a successful rain garden is by finding the right location. It should be located in a downward sloping area.

Essentially, find a low spot that usually catches the most water after rains and snow melts. The garden should have stone or blocks set up around the perimeter to help prevent the soil from eroding. Once you have set up a strong perimeter, add a generous amount of thick soil and start planting.

Use the following plants as a guideline and not a narrow choice criteria: Maidenhair Fern, Serviceberry / Shadbush, Indigo Bush, Red Chokeberry, Wild Ginger / Canadian Wildginger, Lady Fern. Those are just some of the plants that will help make your rain garden become a successful preventive tool against flooding.

The best way to ensure success of the garden itself is by gathering the correct plants and historical rain flow characteristics. The geography and slope of the land is one of the most important. Once you have adhered to all of these rules then you will have certainly helped prevent future floods.

The Benefits Of Doing-It-Yourself

Posted on June 19, 2014
DIY

DIY

Explore the rewards of doing projects yourself and start projects as soon as right now!

These days with the busy schedules consisting of work, family, and the everyday repetitive tasks, sometimes the highlight of our week is getting to spend our hard earned money. We take our time looking for something that "defines" us. That perfect rug, that spacious bookcase, that beautiful painting that captures your character in the form of art. Then there are those pesky things we need to deal with in the process. Those things that can interrupt our escape from our own lives and bring us back into the reality that is the world around us. We have this need to have things that when we come into our space, we can rest comfortably in an environment that understands us. This, right here, is where do it yourself projects make their grand appearance into our world. To create things that even if not perfect, are closer to who we are than whatever can be purchased, simply because, well, because we created it. It was conceived in our own thoughts and born through the work of our own hands.

You might not feel that you are capable of such creativity. However, half the fun is that it does not have to be absolutely perfect. The slight imperfections that occur is what makes it custom, unique, it makes it more personal to you. The idea is just to start. Once you have completed your

first project, you may just become addicted to the concept. Your eyes will be opened and suddenly just about anything and everything you may have need of will be at your very fingertips. It becomes an adventure to create the next, better than the last. To add details that stirred in your mind during the previous project. You welcome the challenges because the rewards are much greater when you have completed something in which you have put your own time and effort.

Not creative? Have no idea where to start? There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you along the way. This project is for YOU! Who better to decide how to custom make something for you, but yourself. Take some time to look through the internet for websites, photos, and videos. There are plenty of sites out there that not only offer examples to look at, but also have step by step instructions. Books are sold on the topic of doing it yourself. The resources, and ideas are limitless.

Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Take that leap into the do it yourself world! Grab a glass of wine, (or tea). Turn up your favorite tunes and unleash the flow of creativity inside you. Build a bookcase, decorate your yard space with beautiful stones, create a unique wall piece or even add a new fresh look to a fireplace. Whatever your heart desires, conceive it, and birth it yourself.

Breathe In, Exhale, And Relax!

Posted on March 18, 2014

Our society today has placed a tremendous importance factor on being successful. The way to accomplish this, is by working hard ALL the time. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; except that, you also need rest and sanity to fuel up your energy tank.

Relaxation with style

Relaxation with style

Picture this – Coming home after a long day at the office, kicking off your shoes, and pouring yourself a glass of wine.  Sounds great right?! Well, why not enjoy that glass of wine while soaking in your bathtub.

Cookie-cutter bathrooms can be the opposite of what you need. Let’s talk about how you can transform your old boring bathroom into a true oasis of peace and relaxation.

Consider getting a few new things for your "new" bathroom. To achieve a different feel for your space; use simple accents like a new shower curtain, photos or window treatments. A curved shower rod, a seemingly small detail, adds a surprising amount of space to your shower. The curved model looks nice and attaches to the wall with screws instead of tension, so you don't need to worry about it being pulled down. Every few months or so, have a cleaning blitz & throw out empty or expired lotion bottles & moisturizers. Getting rid of excess clutter will make your bathroom a more relaxing space.

An effective bathroom layout is designed with space to move around without bumping into things. Opting for wall hung units can make the room feel deceptively more spacious than it is. Basins that are built into cupboards are another great idea, as it gives you more storage space & hides away any unsightly pipe work.

bathroom backsplash

bathroom backsplash

Adding a backsplash will give your bathroom oasis a nice touch. It’s a good idea to order samples of the products that you are interested in; in the long run, it will save you time and money.

Finishing touches. The fun part is selecting a style that will be pleasing to the eye. Your goal here is to make your bathroom as relaxing as possible.

You bathroom is not just a place for your daily washing routine; It's more than that. These days we want a sanctuary to soothe our spirits and aid us in relaxation. Leading stressful and busy lives can be overwhelming; and we need to create a space to come home to, where we can relax and unwind. Not all of us can afford trips out to a spa, so creating a tranquil oasis in our own homes is becoming an important part of planning a bathroom.