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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

Versatility Of Imitation Sheets Of Stone, Rock And Brick

Posted on October 18, 2017

Without any doubt our society is moving from an environment where construction and building things in general were done is a meticulous way. People used to take a lot of time to do things right and that used to be the norm in the construction business as well.

Today every commercial and most residential project is based on how quickly they can be turned around. When it comes to builders and, store outfitters and display makers the speed of getting things done can mean the difference between being profitable, break even or lose money.

Faux Stone Signs

Sign with rounded faux stone that curved with the sign.

Brick and stone have been around for ever and the way they are applied hasn’t changed much. They still need a lot of preparation of the substrate and areas where they will be applied. In the presence of project that require covering complicated wall shapes or signs real brick and stone will require a lot of custom cuts and the joints will be very visible.

Brick panels for store outfit - White

Brick panels for store outfit - White

The majority of builders and contractors has now shifted to paneling of fake stones and fake bricks to complete their projects and to make difficult applications possible. It can be challenging to entertain the possibility than an new fake panel of stone can be better than the real thing, particularly when one has used the real product for decades. We learned that, once the installer has been educated on the benefits and has had the chance to try the product, they will use the faux version for all future projects.

These rock panels can wrap around curved surfaces without leaving gaps at the joints.
They also can be miter-cut to create corners and a very simple touch-up kit can be used to paint over any caulked area, to create e real seamless look.

Corners made with caulking and touch-up paint

Corners made with caulking and touch-up paint

The other advantage is that there is no need to use mortar. These “mortarless” rock and brick panels have been already treated in the factory so they are sealed and painted with exterior acrylic coloring that require no additional work.

We realized that today most  people involved in remodeling or construction in general can find a real benefit in using faux products and complete their projects within the necessary time-frame.

How To Align Faux Stone Paneling To Wall Studs

Posted on August 14, 2017

One of the challenges of the imitation stone sheets is to organize and line up the panels so that the joints between two of them lines up with a framing stud.
When installing faux stone panels you will have two staggered and interlocking edges that will slide into each other. The ideal installation would have the installer drive screws right where two panels overlap. If you have ordered panels that are not designed to line up with the studs then some of the these screws will hit a stud, some will just go into the drywall and not provide you with a sturdy bond.

Joint between two panels

Joint between two panels

With the new Laguna stacked stone panels this issue doesn’t exist. These new panels have been engineered to always have the joints fall on a stud; given that the installation is started correctly. To start the process correctly all you need to do is alight the first panel of each row properly and the rest of the panels will line up automatically.

Stud lines embedded in the stone panel Laguna

Stud lines embedded in the stone panel Laguna

As you can see in the images the Laguna faux stacked stone has lines embedded in the panels and with the word “stud” next to them. These new panels need to be installed from right to left and bottom to top. The product drawing of these stone panels will also show you where to drive the screws within the panels’ surface. We also suggest using a construction adhesive where the panels overlap and in the back.

It has never been easier to create a stone or brick wall look for less money and in a very short time.

In short, the difficult work has already being done. All the installer has to do is line up the first panel correctly and the rest of the work will be completed without any effort. Of course sometimes the studs are not installed at the correct intervals but this should just be be a temporary issues. After the next panels is installed the studs should start lining up again.

You may click HERE to view the Laguna line.

Redecorating Or Remodeling Bars And Restaurants

Posted on April 16, 2015

The perfect way to redesign a bar or a restaurant today is no longer focusing on the look of the products used but the attention to the environment, by using reclaimed material or products that are considered green.
One product is surely driving a large portion of this trend is faux stone panels that is made of a recyclable resin and that can be easily reused in other areas.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

Most decorative products like stone and brick are not easy to reuse since are “stuck” on the walls where they are applied. When considering other affordable products most business owners are impressed by the ease of installation and the way the faux stone can be unscrewed because they are simply made of easy-to-move panels.

Remodeling is not the only area where designers are trying to save business owners the time it takes to get things done and the investment necessary to open a restaurant or bar. Even when opening a new establishment the budget is critical. Those who venture in the opening a new business can tell you about the importance of choosing the right product for stone wall, and all other aspect of the decorations.

In the image below you can see how many cuts and turns in the stone a bar requires to create a welcoming atmosphere. When approaching such a project you might want to consider what’s needed to prepare the structure where the panels or cast stone are installed.

Cast stone application

Cast stone application

When using other products you can expect a large number of cracks between small blocks of cast stone that will either need to be grouted or, if left unfilled, will disrupt the flow of the look.

What differentiates a lightly planned opening or re-opening of a bar or restaurant is the welcoming feel that the customers experience the first few times they walk inside. Spending a few extra dollars on a designer’s or architect’s opinion can make a huge difference in the success of the business. Customers don’t only look for quality food but the whole experience and this will surely repay the extra expenses put toward a rich decoration.

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.

How To Choose And Use Miter Saws

Posted on December 18, 2013

Don't Get Mad Get A Miter Cut

Many people are wary of using tools they don't understand but using the miter saw is easy to use once you understand the basics. Miter saws perform a large number of tasks and provide support for many projects which is why it is essential in the building process. For the do it yourself people out there who are ready to tackle any project this tool is invaluable.

Miter Saw 1

The miter saw enables you to cut on an angle so that you can create different trims and moldings, as well as a number of other miter joints. Creating a miter joint may seem difficult but it is actually very simple.

Simply measure the dimensions of the joint area then divide by two. That will give you the degrees where you need to make the cuts.

There are three different types of miter saws. The different types offer you a range of different options for projects. The first type and the most common type is the standard miter saw. It is the basic miter saw that can make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right. The blade uses an angle scale and locking device keep the blade correctly aligned.

The second type of miter saw is the compound miter saw which adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. This is also referred to as "bevel" cut.

The best way to remember the difference is by thinking of compound as a two in one tool because it cuts in two angles. This saw allows you to move the blade and tilt it so you can do different kinds of cuts according to the project.

Miter Saw 2

The third type of saw is the sliding miter saw. This saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw so that it can accomplish a large amount of tasks. This saw enables the user to cut a wider piece of material for bigger projects.

Most carpenters or contractors have a miter saw that they can use, but the general public does not.

Although, the equipment may be expensive the public can use it for a nominal rental price in order to avoid buying one. So the "do-it-yourselfer" is in luck because home depot and other home improvement stores rent out the miter saw for about forty three dollars a day with a small seventy five dollar deposit.

Renting the equipment enables anybody to get projects done without hiring someone to do the job for them. Learn the safety rules before you rent the product and take your time. Watch as many instructional video

The miter saw is easy to use and provides a range of different capabilities that enable people to complete a variety of different projects. Simply place the material you want cut then set the degree at which the cut should be made.

The cut can be made but be careful with your hands and clothes so they don’t get caught in the blade. Make sure that the saw is placed somewhere that is easy to clean up afterwards because the dust from the cuts will fly everywhere and could be hard to clean up.

Avoid The Weight

Posted on December 11, 2013

Many building projects have a lot of factors that affect the construction process. Weight is a big factor in the construction process. It affects the transportation costs.

It also influences the labor cost by increasing the time it takes to install as well. Ultimately, weight can play a large role in any type of building project. Thankfully, there is a great way to get around the weight issue.

Stone slabs

Any masonry job can cost a large amount of money due to the installation and the many additional expenses associated with it.

Some of the major expenses that affect the price is the actual cutting of the stone from the quarry and then transportation cost.

That expense is calculated into the material price at first. The contractor picking up the stone or brick can add onto the bill whatever amount they want.

A small section of a couple dozen square feet would weigh hundreds of pounds. If that were to ship with UPS or a freight company it would cost a fortune. Even with freight shipments it will be expensive because they weigh so much that the cost can even prevent certain projects from being finished.

The weight can also prevent it from being installed in certain spaces. Some walls are not designed to hold that kind of weight so it limits the areas that you can apply the stone.

This problem can hold back a lot of people from using the real stone on their projects.

Since our imitation stone panels don’t weigh that much they can be placed on any flat surface.

Another problem with using natural stone is the distance from the quarry. The selection for some people is extremely narrow because the distance can prohibit the use of different styles from regions farther away. For example, a client in New York would spend a fortune getting desert style stone to his or her project.

Stone with water

With our product you can choose from dozens of styles and colors.

Natural stone weighs too much to send around the country which prohibits the stylistic choices for the client.

Real stone is obsolete. The weight involved in stone installation is too inefficient because it is not cost effective. Our high quality faux stone or brick panels come with an array of accessories that help make it look and feel real.

Let's not forget about the wall preparation. With natural stone or brick a different type of framing and preparation is required to hold the weight of the stone. This is not the case with the faux version.

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