Antico Elements Blog

FAQ

Our products are proudly made in the USA.

Where can Antico Elements’ panels and elements be used?
The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones.
They can be used in:

Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles,
Restaurants,
Bars,
Boutiques,
Offices,
Bathrooms,
Showers,
Kitchens,
Living rooms
Skirting below siding
Landscaping,
Pool and spa surrounds.
Fireplaces
To cover brick, stones and concrete.
And much more.

What are your products made of?
Our products are made of high-density polyurethane. They are a solid piece of the same product. They are then hand painted.

Why purchase polyurethane products and not the natural ones?
Our products were designed to fill the gaps left by the natural stones, bricks and rocks.
The main reason is the cost. The product alone is less expensive per square foot than the natural materials. Unlike other competitors, our products look real.
You don’t need to hire expensive masons. The installation is quick and even if you don’t want to install the products yourself, a contractor or handyman will do the work in a fraction of the time.
Our products will not rot, mold or split. They are light-weight.
Can be easily repaired and repainted.
Can be installed where natural stones can’t.
You can update the look of your home easily.
Our panels can be installed over curved surfaces. Please refer to THIS specific installation page.

Are your products for Exterior or Interior use?
Both. Our polyurethane products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. They are completely waterproof and UV resistant. Click on the "PRODUCTS" button at the top of this page to view some of the applications.

Are your products fire-rated?
Yes, all your products are also available in fire-rated materials. They can also be used on fireplaces and around stoves. Consider that even though our panels can be ordered in fire-rated, they are not natural stone. Consult the manufacturer of your stove / fireplace for clearance requirement. If you think our panels will be installed too close to a heat source you should consider the fire-rated option. Remember that our products are made of polyurethane and although they can be ordered in fire-rated material, they are not fire or heat proof. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn't install hard wood where you plan to use our panels, because it would get to hot, you should probably not use our panels. We suggest a minimum of 12-15 inches from any side of a stove
Our products are not meant to be used inside the firebox but only on the outside and surrounding areas. The ideal application would have a frame of about 5-6 inches around the face of the firebox with tiles or similar materials to separate our panels from the fireplace opening.

Is it easy to work with polyurethane products?
Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to prepare the existing surface with backer boards of wire mesh, purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need is basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instructions and in case you need it, great customer support.

Are the panels heavy to handle?
Not at all. Our products are very lightweight and easy for anyone to handle. The weight range is from 1 to 1.5 Lb per Sq.ft.

Do you offer a warranty on your products?
Of course. Please visit our Warranty page by clicking here.

Do your products need maintenance?
Contrary to other “natural products” our panels and accessories are constructed with closed-cell polyurethane particles which means that they will not absorb water and there will be no mold or rotting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time (only about 1%). They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage. The material contracts and expands by only + - 0.06 inches per panel so they perform extremely well in all temperatures.

Do your products look real?
Extremely. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, coral stone and travertine. The products coming out of the molds reproduce every single detail, of the stone and even the grouting.
Most people don’t believe they aren’t real rocks, stones and wood until they tap on them. The tapping or knocking is usually followed by a “oh, wow!”
The colors are applied by hand to further increase the realistic look and avoid pattern repetition when putting panels next to each other. Many competitor’s products are sprayed with one color and simply sponged off.  Not ours! We carefully apply different colors, one by one. Please visit our catalog to see detailed and enlarged photos.

Do you offer free samples or rebate?
Yes, with a rebate. Order a sample and the cost of it will be subtracted from your next purchase of $200 or more. We are confident that once you take a close look at our product you'll appreciate it.

Where can I purchase your products?
We sell directly over the website to keep the product more affordable. The only showroom is in Miami, FL. If we had distributors and stores around the country the price to the consumer would be higher.

Do you ship to my country?
For now we only ship within the US and Canada. We are looking into expanding to other countries. Some overseas customers organize the freight on their own and we deliver the product to a US port.

How do I place an order?
Our web site has a fully functional and very safe shopping cart where you can preview the product prices and shipping costs then safely check-out.
You can also contact us if you need help with choosing your products, calculate quantities and purchasing them. To access the catalog and shopping cart please click on our Logo at the top of every page.

How long does it take to receive an order?
It takes approximately 8-14 business days to produce an order. During busy seasons it may take 18 days. Shipping times are additional and it will vary depending on your location.

How much does shipping cost?
The shopping cart uses real-time rates for regular shipping and freight for large orders. We don’t add extra charges to the shipping costs. To see how much it is, add a product to the shopping cart and click on “Shipping Rates”. Enter you zip code and state and submit. You can also contact us for rates. For large orders please contact us to let us find better freight costs with other carriers. We offer free shipping  for large orders. Please refer to THIS page for more info on free shipping

Can your products be cleaned?
Yes. They can be washed with soap and water, rinsed with a hose and even lightly power-washed.

Can your products be painted?
Yes you can repaint our products easier than repainting bricks and stones. You can use an oil or water-based primer and paint.

Do your panels count as insulation?
Yes, our panels add an insulation factor of R4-R5.

Can I install your products myself or do I need a contractor / handyman?
Yes you can. We have designed our products to be easy to install so they require simple carpenter’s tools and basic skills. Please refer to our installation manual pages.

Can your products be used where there’s a lot of water or under water?
One of the many advantages of using our polyurethane products is that water doesn’t affect them. They will not rot or deteriorate in any way under water.

How thick are your panels?
They vary from ½" (for coral stone and travertine to 1-5/8" for the stone panels. Thicknesses vary depending on the stone type.

Where can your products be installed?
Our products are very versatile. They can be nailed on wood, glued and screwed on concrete, over cinder blocks, over existing bricks and virtually anywhere.

Do you have accessories to complement your products?
Yes, we have inside and outside corners, top sills, touch-up kits and a large choice of architectural elements like columns, corbels, capitals and bases and much more.

How difficult is to install your products?
Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need is basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instructions and, in case you need it, great customer support. Click here for instructions.

How do I cover an edge after a panel has been cut?
There are a few ways to treat an exposed edge. You may use our Trim or miter the cut and create a "return". Please view the instruction on how to create a "return" in out Installation Pages.

How do I treat or create corners?
You may use our corner pieces (under the Accessories section in each product category) or create a "Mitered Corner". Click here for instructions.

 

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