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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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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.

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.

Save Time And Money On Home Renovations

Posted on November 6, 2013

Fixer Upper

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

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

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

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

Before

Before

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

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

Synthetic Stone Saves Time And Money

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

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

After

After

Fast Food Chains Made More Profitable With Faux Stone

Posted on September 24, 2013

The natural stone style has accentuated many different styles of restaurants but change is coming due to faux stone panels. The helpful product sometimes known as stone veneer panels can change the way these restaurants are built because it saves time and labor. This is essential to realizing the full potential of this product and how it helps increase the marketing strength of any business that employs faux stone panels of the highest quality.

Perfect seams with faux stone in polyurethane

Perfect seams with faux stone in polyurethane

When one fast food franchise decides to give a facelift to their stores the others all fall in suit in order to stay in the game. For example, if you saw a McDonalds and it looked old and shabby with paint from the eighties and across the street there was a freshly renovated Burger King, most people will go to the Burger King simply because it looks more pleasing and clean. Stone or brick veneer panels can increase the efficiency of these renovation projects by enabling them to be completed faster and without having to pay masons.

The faster a fast food restaurant can reopen after renovations the faster it can start making money. This means completion is reached without a headache or a hassle. The owners can relax because they won’t have to open a half ready restaurant that still has work being done in it. That way they do not have to prematurely open their doors like some stores do in order to keep money coming in.

Cast stone is hard to make look right.

Cast stone is hard to make look right.

Using the two pictures of the burger king under renovation and the finished McDonalds which one do you think will attract more customers? Throughout the years I have seen more than one fast food restaurant open while there is still construction going on outside or inside the restaurant. This hurts sales and the professionalism that the fast food franchise is trying to impress upon their customers. Click here to see how easy it is to install.

Altogether, the franchise that realizes the many advantages of using faux stone panels first is the one who will reap in the most profits.  Business is a race and whoever gets the advantage is the one who wins. Therefore faux stone is the advantage when it comes to renovating any business in order to attract more customers quickly.

 

Crating Faux DIY Stone Walls With Interlocking Panels

Posted on March 11, 2013

The vast majority of those who start a remodeling project do not have time to spare. In most cases they would love to see the project completed as quickly as possible.

Stairway with faux stone wall panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

Remodeling a room can take from one day to several weeks and most households or businesses cannot afford to have tools and building materials laying around for weeks or months.

When it comes to renovate rooms and walls, there are many options. You can simply use paint to make it quick but you usually get what you pay for. If you would like a rock wall of a faux stone wall the choice are just few. You can either choose heavy, cultured, cast or veneer stone or go the easy route and choose faux DIY stone wall panels. Instead of having to use expensive online referral or rating sites to choose a contractors or even a mason, you can make it easy on yourself.

Stone Wall Panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

With resin stacked stone panels for walls, we have entered a whole new dimension of DIY practices. Most of us have kind of given up to the idea that stacked stone walls will be a dusty and dirty job and that knowing when a contractor will complete the job is not something easy, right?

If you want to cut through the difficulties of dealing with a mason, save a considerable amount of money and control the quality of the finished project, you can either install faux stone wall sheets on your own or just pay your handyman to do it at a fraction of what a mason would charge. Antico's faux stone wall panels install in just a few minutes and are as easy to handle as this Antico Elements video clearly shows. It is just a matter of interlocking a few panels and corners and use other accessories to go around corners and turns.

It’s not always necessary to take the trouble path when it comes to remodeling. Simply follow what so many homeowners and builders are doing today, give Antico Elements' light-weight and clean stacked stone panels a try.

Here's how they get quickly installed.

No preparation needed for the wall behind. Install them directly on, Sheetrock, wood or metal framing,

  1. Take the first panel and cut the "fingers" off the left side, to create a straight edge. Any wood cutting tool will do the job.
  2. Glue the back with affordable construction adhesive like Liquid Nails. Apply a few screws.
  3. From left to right, install the next panels until the last one will reach the end of the wall.
  4. Measure the remaining wall surface to cover and cut the panel on the right side accordingly.
  5. Repeat the above steps if you need more rows of panels to cover your wall.
  6. If you create a wainscoting simply use the Ledge Trim to cap the top of the panels.

DONE!
No grouting, sealing, cleaning or caulking needed. It's THAT easy.

Innovative Stacked Stone And Stacked Stone Panels.

Posted on September 10, 2012

Stacked stones panels are new innovative products that offer an alternative to real, natural, and heavy stones. The alternatives offer the same texture and feel of real stones but without the hassle of lifting large and heavy stones during installation. The alternatives also offer a more portable element where the imitation stones can be installed and uninstalled to change with seasons or color preferences.

 

These imitation stones are a great way to add value at a low cost for installation. Installation can be done in minutes with stacked stones; many contractors and carpenters are looking more to these products to offer a quick installation solution to home remodeling projects. Stacked stones are a great alternative to to real stones and those messy paint jobs.

When it comes to installing stacked stone, it can be done in a number of ways, the most popular being using construction adhesives (glues) and crews or nails. The lightweight material of stacked stones makes it an easy job to complete anywhere. Many home designers and installers prefer to work with these stones because it offers a quick solution to installation. Stacked stone can be installed virtually almost anywhere from kitchens to bathrooms to even gardens. These products are not just limited to residences, business' are now too taking advantage of the low cost stacked stone materials and cheap labor costs that come with it. Imitation stones are a great way to add value and impact a space or area, for instance installing stacked stones to compliment a theme in a store or restaurant can help entice customers to come in which should boost business.

Real estate agents like working with imitation stone too, especially when trying to "flip" a house. The stones are a unique way to dress up a property to show potential buyers; it can also be installed and uninstalled rather quickly to offer a quick an intimate setting for a specific project.

 

Just in, stacked stone panels to reface a home facade.

Posted on June 29, 2012

We just received some photos and great compliments on this project.

This customer was not sure about using regular stone products to reface his family home. The main concern was the weight and thickness of other stone materials.

Some stone products on the market are quite heavy and require a particular preparation of the surface to be able to handle the additional weight.
The way most homes are built today, walls are designed to accommodate for just vinyl siding and not other types of faux stone siding.

Some builders and homeowners consider cultured stone. In many cases they choose that route because they are not aware of Antico Elements stacked stone panels. Cultured stone is very similar to natural or cast stone. They are constructed with heavy aggregates and are still available in small pieces which make the installation a long process.

In the beautiful home before all the above hurdles have been avoided. This construction had a very plain vinyl siding materials that did not provide the look the owners were looking for. Let's face it, we all have seen vinyl siding up-close and know how fake it looks.
Vinyl siding also doesn't provide the thermal insulation that stone siding in polyurethane can. Many don't realize it but the cost of installing a better material to cover your facade will save you money in utilities.

The customer was very excited when he first saw the samples and even more when the project was completed. The charm of faux stone can be added with a short weekend of work while staying within your budget. You will have the best looking house in the neighborhood.

Learn more about our stone and this project by clicking HERE and by viewing our Testimonials page.