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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stone Veneer Facing Made Fast

Posted on October 10, 2013

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

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

Learn The Process And Choose For Yourself

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

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

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

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

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

The Logical Choice

Stone close-up

Stone close-up

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

Mobile Home Faux Stone Skirting

Posted on September 20, 2013

Mobile homes and trailers represent 21% of the housing market. Although, there has been a dip in the number of mobile homes bought since 2010 many people still flock to the manufactured mobile homes since they are more affordable and offer a chance to relocate with short notice.

Mobile homes started to gather momentum in the market once developers started to introduce more unique units. The variety and diversification offered helped stimulate sales because nobody likes to get an exact copy when purchasing their home. This highlighted a great marketing tool; customize your mobile homes and they will sell faster.

faux stone siding

 

Mobile homes can be a little repetitive in the design so many mobile homeowners and developers are always looking for a way to improve or customize their home. Many people may have heard this phrase from their spouse, “But I wanted a brick house, or at least a nice stone looking house.” Many people like the mobility of mobile homes but hate the monotonous design or the plain skirting at the bottom of their trailer.

Sometimes retirees like to move down south from the northern areas of the United States in order to get out of that cold weather. The houses in the northern states of the US have many brick and traditional stone designs. This means that many of them are used to that look and get disappointed when they move into their mobile home community.

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

Now many mobile homeowners can be empowered to be unique and bring back that traditional design element that they may miss from older neighborhoods. Brick and stone veneer panels create an ambiance that doesn’t ever go out of fashion because not only do they help make your mobile home look like a castle, they increase the value of the home and the neighborhood itself.

The most important thing to remember when using these panels is that mobility is not a problem because the panels are detachable meaning that you can remove them and take them with you if you simply use screws.

Once you want to leave you can just unscrew the panels and go. All you would really need to do is screw them in with three inch screws which isn't a problem for this style of material. These kind of projects would be impossible to do with natural stone and they would be entirely more expensive.

Here are some great removable siding panels:  www.anticoelements.com/content/13-faux-stone-siding

Try to take note of where you put the screws because after installation and touch up they will be virtually invisible after installation. The trend of using faux stone panels has taken hold and soon many mobile home communities will employ the use of veneer panels in order to customize and accentuate their home.

Stone cladding! Word press!

Imitation Brick Helps Staging and Display Companies

Posted on September 3, 2013
Faux Brick Display

Faux Brick Display

Creating the perfect display or set takes and attention to detail and the right materials. Display companies do not have time to waste so everything that they do has to be fast. Brick takes a long time to lay and mortar so display or staging companies use to be stuck with limited options if their project called for a brick look. Now these companies have found a great way around that dilemma by using imitation or faux brick. By utilizing this product they can quickly build their project using imitation brick panels without losing time or money.  Many movie companies and the set designers have the need to create whole fake houses or buildings sometimes. This need creates a huge demand for imitation brick and stone because it is so easy to build with and it is fast to setup and take down. As you can see above the display called for a brick style and it came out looking great.

Many restaurants or bars tend to use the brick style in order to give the New York or Chicago traditional style.  People don't even notice the difference when they sit down. The panels are so textured and real that most of the bar's customers will never find out. Many big name restaurants such as Carrabas and Olive Garden have employed faux brick in their bars in order to help create a comfy atmosphere.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

  The main advantage of using this product is the speed and flexibility it offers to help move the project along quickly. Many set directors and staging companies love this product because it helps them win over their clients. Restaurant and bar owners both love using faux brick style to accent their business in order to make their clients happy. Staging companies have also adopted this product as a great way to enhance their projects. So relax and do not worry about the deadline because this product will help get it done on time.

 

Rescuing Your Renovation

Posted on August 24, 2013

Rescuing Your Renovation

Most people are daunted with the task of renovating their bathroom or kitchen because of the construction time and the cost. Imagine if there was a product that enabled to do a month’s worth of work in one day. Now imagine if that long clean-up process changed from hours to minutes. Now the once seemingly daunting mountain of a task turns into a simple day project. So do not fear when you look at your old bathrooms and kitchens because there is an answer to all your problems and concerns.

Patio bar and grill Faux Stone Example

Patio bar and grill Faux Stone Example

The answer lies in faux stone or brick.  Many designers have used this product to extend the reach of their creativity so why can’t homeowners have the same fun. The bathrooms and kitchens are the most heavily trafficked areas in the home. The designs of those areas reflect the personality of the homeowner. So it is important to take the design choices into your own hands. Once you have visualized what style or mood you want for the room you are working on take a picture. Use that picture as a before picture and then take one after to show you the drastic difference. Polyurethane products is waterproof so it could be applied in a bathroom with no problem and no damage. Plus it is easy to clean with simple soap, water and a rag.

Learning to use faux stone is simple and fun. Imitation stone is made for regular people to use and install. Plus there are hundreds of how to and help articles all over the internet. In the articles you will see the endless ways this material can be applied. Veneer stone or brick can be applied to flat and curved surfaces. This flexibility helps give room to the creativity of the project making the homeowner. With natural stone the heavy weight and character of the stones make it extremely difficult and time consuming to do. The kitchen and bathroom have many curves and corners.

Between a tub or a kitchen table and cabinets it would be a nightmare to fit the stone to fit the room.  The time and effort it would take to remodel you kitchen or bathroom with any stone is the reason most people don’t do it. For example check out this bar done on the patio complemented by the wall.

With the advent of faux stone you can renovate and remodel both the rooms in one day. Now this is the difference maker not only can you renovate and revolutionize your home but you can do it in one day. The durable and waterproof material of polyurethane enables you to put it in any position in any room. Just look again and imagine what you want to change. Make your boring bathroom into relaxing oasis in one day. Here is the panel used for this project. www.anticoelements.com/alpi-sand

Faux Stone Almond Bathroom ExampleFaux stone or brick can easily give you the modern and sophisticated look you are searching for or you can go with a rustic look and feel. The possibilities are the endless the main point is that this product saves the homeowner money and time. Plus it helps add value to your home without losing an arm and a leg.  Take a look at the example below.

This example shows us the wide range of uses that polyurethane products can provide. Before the bathroom was like a blank slate with so much potential now it looks like a luxurious bathroom you may find in a hotel or nice restaurant. So do not be afraid of tackling that renovation project because faux stone just made it possible for you to do it yourself, so you can have fun and get a new bathroom in the process.

Quick And Affordable Stone Veneer Panels Makeover.

Posted on March 5, 2013

Changing the look of your home without using regular veneer is not a real possibility with faux veneer panels.

Let's take as an example a home in a nice neighborhood surrounded by other homes which look very similar. The owners of this home, as many others, would love to do something to their place to make it look a bit different from the others. Something that will make it stand out.

stacked stone siding panels

Wainscoting Stacked Stone Charcoal For Siding

Today’s design trends seem often to point toward adding some kind of stone veneer or stacked stone look, either to the whole façade or just

on an accent wall.

To create such look there are few options that are not necessarily affordable.
There are different types of siding that come in vinyl, aluminum or wood, neither of which has a long lasting charm. Many of these will change color, fade, mold or distort. Also, such materials are not going to make the home look much different from the others in the same neighborhood.

There is also the option of using stacked stone or brick but these are definitely expensive, particularly if you hire someone to put them up. One material that combines a large number of advantages and strong characteristics is stone veneer panels in durable resin.
When applying these 36 x 48 stone veneer panels as a wainscoting the homeowner and the installers have a very easy job in front of them.

36 x 48 stacked stone charcoal

36 x 48 stacked stone charcoal

These faux veneer panels can be put up directly over an existing surface, as in existing siding, plywood and even vapor barrier. Antico Elements’ Stone veneer panels come with a number accessories like concrete ledge trim that can be applied at the top of each panel to protect the wall from being infiltrated with water and ice.

The cost of the panels might be comparable to other stacked stone materials but the real big saving is in the cost of installation, since it takes just a few minutes per panel to completely install it and be done with it.