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Brick Wall Construction – The Easy way

Posted on January 21, 2019
Another Completed Job

Deciding to create a brick or stone wall accent is always a great idea.

These improvements will revitalize your room and will make your store stand out from the rest. Most customers walk into stores not only because they like the product on display but also if the room is inviting.
This is why so many retailers and display makers have moved toward faux brick accents. It is a very popular and appealing look.

Now, when it comes to installing the product, you have a choice of going with the difficult or the easy solution. Both look realistic but one can take a long time and the other just a matter of hours to complete.
With real brick you will need to:

  • Prepare the substrate with wall-boards, concrete panels, wire mesh etc
  • Install each single brick or stone one at a time
  • You will need to use a thin set to hold them in place
  • Use mortar to close each gaps
  • Cut many pieces with a wet saw
  • Clean up a real mess.
Traditional Brick Installation


Let’s also not forget that the vast majority of store and home owners do not know how to use real brick nor they feel like learning such a laborious process.
The cost for an average brick layer or mason is out of most people’s reach.

Brick Installation With Mortar


Why would you do that anyway? Have you looked into faux brick products?
These products are installed like a jigsaw puzzle. Anyone can do it with just basic tools.
You can also order very convenient accessories like interlocking corners and ledge trim.

Fau Brick Corners


It is as easy as it looks. You just start from one side of the wall and keep adding panels and corners with adhesive tubes and nails or screws.

Interlocking Panles


We have very detailed instructions that can guide you step by step if you have any doubt or question.
The end results will amaze you. Take a look.

Another Completed Job
Finished Faux Brick Paneling Job


In case you have outlets, wall fixture and lighting you may also use the outlet trim. This accessory will allow you to move your existing fixtures forward, at the same level as the panels, and put your plates back on them.

Outlet Brick Trim
Outlet And Switch Brick Trim Installed

It’s as easy as it can be.

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.

When Faux Brick And Stone Panels Are Made With Quality.

Posted on January 10, 2018

It is safe to say that during every project, whether it for residential or commercial, the installer appreciates the quality of the product and the ease of use.

At Antico Elements we never lose track of what is important to the installers and designs.
The last thing an installer needs is an issue with the quality of brick panels or how hard they are to install. Back when real brick and stone were the only option, the mason would just be used to the time it took to create a wall. Today, after testing and appreciating the value of faux brick paneling, most installer will not go back and use real brick.

Let's say you need to design and create a TV show's set and background. Let's also imagine that you need a light-weight set that can be moved to make room of the next show. You really can't use real stone (or cast stone) or real brick. In the video below from our great supporters within the Dude Perfect team you can see how real materials would never work in that set.
(you can see our product at 0:25 minutes)

You could also use some pressed board or vinyl panels but, the quality is clearly not up to par with polyurethane molded panels.

We do all the work for you.
The molds are created from a real brick panels. This original panel is made of real reclaimed bricks from a demolished building so the molds that results from it will reproduce an exact replica of the original.
If you add the way we paint each brick one by one, by hand, you really can't compare the quality to any other faux product.

White brick panel used in the set above

White brick panel used in the set above

Let's not forget about maintenance and removal.
Real brick is porous and it will absorb any stain. With acrylic-painted imitation panels the wall will be waterproof and super easy to clean.
In many cases these sets or trade show booths are taken down and reused somewhere else. If you install the panels with screws, you can easily take them down and reuse many times.

We have perfected the custom products manufacturing so, if you have a specific color and texture in mind, we can easily create a new product. You may click HERE to use our contact page.

Thank you!

Holidays Discounts With Clearance Items And Items In Stock At A Reduced Price.

Posted on December 19, 2017

We want to thank our great customers by offering some end-of-year discounts.

Until Dec 31 2017 you will see THIS page showing our clearance items. We are also offering products in stock at a reduced price, even being on sale already.

Please don't hesitate to call us with any question - 305-602-0300

Happy Holidays!!

2017 Holidays Sale

2017 Holidays Sale

How To Build An Interior Fake Brick Wall

Posted on June 5, 2015

Raise your hand if you wouldn’t love to replace your plain drywall with a beautiful imitation or real brick wall!
The choice for drywall for interior walls is clearly not based on visual appeal but on an economical “shortcut”. It’s up to the homeowner or business manager to create an upgrade.

One of the most beautiful, therefore very popular, is the look of an antique faux brick wall.

Another look we see often is the reclaimed or Chicago style brick. This looks like a distressed material, which has gone through the beautification cause by time and various remodeling phases.

Reclaimed Brick Look

Reclaimed Brick Look

Brick doesn’t naturally look like that unless you purchase already distressed brick faux or real and in the form of panels or single brick.

If you decided to give that much needed facelift to your wall, you can create a fake brick wall in different ways. You either use full or thin brick and embark in the laborious process of installing and maintaining them or use a simpler method. For obvious reasons we will show you here how to install the panels of fake brick.

In some cases you will have the wall without the drywall on it – and that’s a big saving already, since brick paneling doesn’t require drywall – or a finished wall.

The beauty of these tiles of pre-made brick is that they install virtually on any substrate. In the case of bare wood studs all it's needed is the lining up of the joints between two panels on top of the studs. Because in most cases these sheets are not at 12 or 16 inch center-stud you may have to add a few more here and there. To view a diagram and measurements of one of these panels you may click HERE. You will most likely have at least one stud fall behind the middle of a panel, and that’s a good thing.

Once the work is done nobody will know if you have drywall or not behind your faux brick wall.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

Now let’s see how you can install the faux brick on a drywall surface and more general details on installation.

In most cases the starting point will need a straight vertical edge. For this reason you will need to cut the protruding bricks on the left side.
All you do now is apply some construction adhesive in the back of the sheet and apply screws, nails or long staples.

Once you have completed the first line of tiles you will need to start the second one and the rest of them, until you have reached the ceiling. A great idea would be to start the odd rows with half panels so that the joints between them will not line up and create a more natural look.

In some cases you would want to wrap around a corner with the same material. This is another advantage of using panels. All you do is cut the panel at 45 degrees where it reaches the corner and then cut the other half at 45 again to match the left piece. This way you can avoid buying corner pieces, which are usually available.

When you are done with the panel you may need to use some caulking and the paint kit to hide some small gaps but that is usually all!

We always suggest running some numbers between the cost of labor to use heavy brick and panels.

Backyard Makeover

Posted on July 3, 2014

DSCN0407Summer is just around the corner! It is that time to break out the BBQ and prepare the pools for fun gatherings with family and friends. So, what are some great ways to get your backyard summer ready? Manicured lawns, shrubs, and borders are a given, but what about the added personality? Some ideas include planters filled with a beautiful array of flowers, an inviting fire pit, or even an exotic decorative waterfall for your pool area.

A variety of colors are sure to catch the eyes of your guests.

A variety of colors are sure to catch the eyes of your guests.

FLOWERS
Summer is all about colors! Most back yards have the same beautiful greenery every year. Although the green is great, beautiful colors can be a fun way to give personality to your yard. Using planters is a great way to create patterns or rows of lively colors in any area of your choice. Choose a spot that will surely catch the eyes of your guests and use flowers that are summer favorites, such as; Goblin Blanket Flower, Red Valerians, Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis, Pink Jewel Daisy Fleabane, and Hidcote English Lavander.

Friends and family gatherings can be enjoyed around a firepit.

Friends and family gatherings can be enjoyed around a firepit.

FIRE PIT
For those evenings of sitting under the clear sky, roasting marshmallows with the kids or sipping on some wine with friends, a perfect addition would be a fire pit. Sitting around with the people you enjoy spending time with, a fire pit is sure to add a level of beauty and warmth to those special moments. With a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from you are sure to find a perfect fit for the personality you have in mind for your back yard.

WATERFALL
When it comes time to take a dip in your pool, you will surely want to add a touch of serenity with a corner waterfall. Add a touch of relaxation and paradise to your pool for everyone to enjoy. After all, who doesn't like the idea of escaping into another world while relaxing in the water enjoying the hot sun on your skin and the sound of the gentle stream.

Waterfalls can create a feel of paradise to any pool.

Waterfalls can create a feel of paradise to any pool.

Now, these are just a few ideas, but there are limitless ways to personalize your back yard. Create an environment that not only serves your family BBQ's, and fun playtime with your children, but also has the ability to be a personal relaxing get away experience, or a classy environment for a social gathering right outside your very own home.

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.

Why You Should Replace That Old Door For A New Look.

Posted on December 4, 2013

Doors are a very interesting part of our lives because we don’t pay attention to them until they break or get dirty. Fixing your doors and making sure that they stand up to the test of time is a great way to improve your home. Choosing a door can be hard because there are so many varieties. Replacing that old door really makes the interior of the house feel fresh and new. Besides, everybody loves their privacy which is why it is important not to wait until it's too late and you have a broken door hanging off the hinges.

Choosing a door that fits your lifestyle is essential to finding the ideal accessories that fit your design. Usually, the doors of our homes go unnoticed. This article will highlight ways to replace doors and help make your house pop.

The doors that make the biggest impression are the ones that people see first. Upon entering the house the front door is the thing that guests see first therefore making sure the front is in good condition can make a good impression. The front entrance provides the influential characteristics for the house.

Pick doors that reflect your personality because it never hurts to add flare to your design choices. Simply start off by checking the dimensions for the door jam.

Once you have the correct dimensions then cut out the size or find the corresponding prefabricated door. Get ready to place your door by getting the saws and power drills which you will need in the installation.

The trickiest part may be placing the door lock kit on the door because not many people are familiar with the process. It is a very simple process and the best way to understand the hinge and door knob sections is by looking at the previous door that you took off.

The hinge section can be cut out to make a mortise which is the small recess where the hinge leaf goes. Take your time with this part because chiseling out the mortise is a tricky procedure and you have to make sure it fits flush with the door.

Once the door has been placed and fitted you must make sure the hinges line up with the corresponding spot for the door. The door knob needed for the door should be placed by the door and measured for the correct cut.

Use a razor knife to cut the lines where the cut is going to take place because it is more accurate. Making the right cuts is the most important part of this process because even the smallest mistake can make the door unusable so take time when following through with this process.

Once you have cut out the areas for the door knob and the hinges get ready to attach the door. Simply use the same pins or hinges you may have taken off the old door. Most people like to use the old hinges and door knobs but if you are remodeling the doors and want them to look their best it is wise to get new stuff.

You can recycle the old hinges and pins for doors that are out of sight in the least trafficked areas of the house. Fixing old doors is a great way to boost resale value and home enjoyment as well.

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Old Door In Need Of Repairs

Fixing up those old creaky doors is a great to give you home a new and better feel. Replacing the doors may seem complicated and hard to do but it is actually quite easy once you see how the full process works. The main piece of advice to remember is to take your time when replacing the doors so you don’t make the wrong cuts. Replacing the door is a great way to add value to your home and give a new feel at the same time.

 

Remodeling Your Old Backsplash

Posted on November 27, 2013

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

Backsplash

Backsplash

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stone Below counter

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

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