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Affordable Remodeling

Posted on July 11, 2014

Remodeling can be a stressful process but that changes with the advances made in the home improvement industry. Tools and remodeling products have been evolving every generation. Saving money while remodeling is not so tricky when using the right materials and methods.

Saw blades are designed with more accuracy and sharpness. Computers now give us more exact construction methods. The handheld tool has been redesigned to have a longer list of different capabilities in order to accommodate many uses.

Chemicals are created that form stronger bonds. Alloys are being designed that are stronger than their previous counterparts. With all of the advancements being made the goal is not only to make different projects easier, but cheaper as well.

Power To The People

Products like faux stone panels enable individuals to do projects such as home renovations or business remodeling themselves. It helps make large remodeling projects affordable. Compounds like polyurethane have been improved upon over the century leading to great architectural elements that aid people in their remodeling project. It is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process and has an incredible amount of longevity. Its manufacturing process has also been upgraded so the atmosphere is not hurt by the emissions the production.

Start Of Renovation

Start Of Renovation

Polyurethane is a hardened resin which is then painted to look exactly like the architectural elements it represents.  The product comes in many different forms. They save a lot of money for people who can’t afford to remodel their homes using regular contractors and traditional construction methods.

Remodeling is an essential part of the economy helping keep the values of home in an attractive profit margin. It stimulates different sectors in manufacturing as well as labor. Polyurethane products may seem insignificant to most people that don’t know about it or have never used it but in fact it is a beacon in the home improvement industry.

It serves as a rally point for people that are ready to make their home better without diving into a series of crippling loans or credit card expenses. This product makes it possible to make anyone’s home or business into a luxurious retreat. By changing your home or business you can revolutionize it so it looks better in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Designing Without Boundaries.

Posted on February 13, 2014

“Freedom is within,” Frank Lloyd Wright spoke these undying words of wisdom when he was being interviewed about one of his latest architectural designs. These words ring true for everybody, but in this case he was applying this paradigm to architectural design. Designing anything from buildings to interior rooms can be one of the most enlightening and difficult experiences anyone can have. It enables people to look within themselves. Exploring that freedom is great when you have the right tools and products that can be just as flexible as your imagination.

Designing without boundaries simply means letting go of previous misconceptions in order to embrace new ideas in the design industry. Many people regard new construction products and methods with skepticism. When people abandon their skepticism of new products then they will be able enjoy the benefits of polyurethane architectural elements.

The point of design is to enable people to combine their lifestyle and function into one seamless philosophy. Freedom of expression shouldn’t be constrained by financial parameters. Everybody should have the ability to drastically renovate their home or business without going over budget.

Designers have no boundaries when they use our product. Designers have to stay up to date on the latest most advanced methods for their projects. Designers also have to learn about the home improvement industry to understand what works. Satisfying the client is enough hard work which is why using products like imitation stone panels make the project a lot easier.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

 

Designers have been flocking to imitation stone to get their stone projects completed on deadline and under-budget.

Designers have been looking for a product that allows them to design at their heart's content without worrying about it.

Polyurethane architectural elements are a great way to solve many of the problems designers face with traditional methods.

Now designers can create stone designs without having the hassle of dealing with a separate contractor. Designers especially love the fact that they can increase their profit margins but they can save a lot of money on installation. Since designers have more control over price and installation a lot of designers are really moving towards the polyurethane stone in order to complete their projects. There should be no boundaries in any design because the whole philosophy resonates with freedom of expression. That is why it is extremely important to use products that adhere to that philosophy.

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.

Real Feedback Equals Real Results

Posted on October 17, 2013

The home improvement industry is constantly changing and finding good products is getting harder every day which is why using consumers' feedback is important. The best way to find out about new products is getting feedback from customers themselves. Learning about real experiences help paint a better picture of the pros and cons in using natural stone. Unlike consumers who have used traditional masonry people who have purchased fake stone panels have all fallen in love with the professional look and easy installation process.

Using trial and error is not the most efficient means of production so people use different forums like Houzz.com to find out information on the projects they want to tackle before they get started. Doing your homework can increase the efficiency of the project and make sure they come out looking like this living room below.

Many home improvement projects include using stone facing for skirting or foundation cladding. Projects that use stone may appear inexpensive at first but once we take real people’s experiences and extrapolate the real cost after construction then we can make an educated decision.

Educating the masses and helping others is the main reason why people need to do their homework before starting a project. Taking a look at the real costs and methods involved in the project can help people save money and time.

Stone cladding takes a long time to finish. For example, to cover 48 square feet with thin river rock natural stone pieces took two people three days to finish. With faux stone panels it could have easily taken under three hours. It would have only required about five river rock panels which you can find here.

Here is an excerpt from their discussion, “We were very pleased. He and his father are great and actually did the entire kitchen from pictures I drew. This stone work job cost roughly $1,300. A bargain!” According to them this was a bargain when it could have cost them $834 including shipping if they used faux stone panels. Plus it would have only taken three hours to complete the project with one person.

Another example of the long time it takes to complete a stone facing project is an instance where a man wanted to cover the foundation of his house. Some of the sides he was covering amounted to 300 square feet and some were only 28 square feet.

Imagine if you will trying to mortar a piece of stone above your head that weighs easily a couple of pounds which could easily fall and kill you with one blow with one wrong step or the mortar didn't hold it. I don’t know about you but that seems a little ridiculous to take that risk just to make your house look better. Take a look at this picture and imagine if one of those stone pieces came off the grout line and fell on one of the guys with no helmet. Do you think a trip to the hospital would make a difference?

The house below represents the instance of the man trying to cover the foundation in natural stone. He took two summers working from June to November to finish the whole project. The project required him to mix eighty bags by hand. For those of us who have already mixed bags of mortar by hand your wrist is probably already aching just at the thought of it, but for those readers who haven’t had the pleasure try it and see how your arm feels after a couple bags.

Faux Sheet Installation

In conclusion, most of our readers now realize that there has to be a better and faster way to get the same results. Thankfully, there is a better way that only requires the ability to lift light panels of imitation stone. Faux stone or imitation stone panel installation only takes a fraction of the time it takes for traditional stone installation and isn't dangerous at all.

 

 

What Makes A Good Design Trend?

Posted on September 26, 2013

Great trends can be summed up into two different factors. The two factors are style and functionality. These two qualities are usually the spark for a great design trend that takes the market by storm. Polyurethane panels embrace both of these factors to the fullest extent.

Functionality and elegance are some of the most important things in design. Adding special flare and unique characteristics to each project makes a big difference when creating projects to use for your portfolio. Customers love it when their own house is used as a showcase.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

Using these panels also create more design possibilities. They provide a chance to create a great textured stone look in places where real stone could not be placed. The range of fixtures that can be added to the faux stone panels is limitless because the panels are easy to drill through without comprising the structural integrity of the panel.

Consumers are very happy with the results. Click Here to see some of their reviews.

Adding fixtures can create a beautiful ambiance in any room that is being remodeled, such as the fixtures in the picture above where they added beautiful shelves that complement the decor. Simply using a couple of strategically placed lamps can illuminate the unique texture of the panels creating a very appealing contemporary design. These faux stone panels can be used with any style from traditional to contemporary.

Function Meets Form

Functionality simply means using a product that is ascetically pleasing while serving an important function. Faux stone and brick panels provide a level of insulation due to the polyurethane composition which helps keep the cool inside on hot days and warmth inside on those cold winter days.

In addition, they are not difficult to use because they are easy to cut and put in place so after a couple of quick cuts any customer can have a newly remodeled room and more insulation.

The design above with faux stacked stone can be easily recreated with our Laguna Panels line

One of the main advantages of this product is the fact that it can be used in exterior and interior projects. Faux stone panels enable designers to do whatever they want with the product which can bring a wonderful stone look into any area of the home or business they are designing. The flexibility this product offers is great for designers because it helps bring them more customers by increasing their design options. So for your next project use stone panels in order to give you that creative edge everyone is looking for.

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.

 

Adding Architectural Flare Without Burning Your Wallet

Posted on September 9, 2013

Architectural flare simply equals emotion because when a person looks at a room or building they get a feeling. When walking through your home or business what are some elements you may notice that just look plain and miserable? Take a look again, now imagine having those boring parts of your house or business accentuated without the trouble of having a construction project overtaking your house. Increasing the value and quality of your house or place of business is easier thanks to imitation stone or brick. The material is durable waterproof and UV proof so it is great for inside and outside use. Simply adding a couple of well placed pieces could revolutionize anything from a restaurant to a restroom.

Architectural Elements

Architectural Elements

We can create a great ambiance if we use architectural accessories. Architectural accessories are simple amenities like the tops of columns, moldings, cap, trim, all of these things can add the professional touch you were looking for in your home or office.  Adding flare to the boring parts of your home or business can make a huge difference. Polyurethane has the capability to become anything so it allows the designer or homeowner to incorporate any design or texture they want without sacrificing money or time.

It is important to place the objects strategically so you do not waste money or time. A couple of well-placed pieces of trim make a huge difference. When doing bigger projects using the trim would most definitely save time and look great. Even for smaller projects we still suggest using the trim in order to give that great effect you are looking for but a well done miter cut is also another to finish your corners. No need to worry once you have cut to size the touch up paint. When the sides need to be finished a simple quick use of the touch up kit will give a great effect.

Using Correct Trim

Using Correct Trim

Adding certain pieces to your home or business makes a big impression upon people because it provides depth and character to the area. Utilizing these pieces effectively is easy due to their user friendly design. Click on the picture or phrase architectural elements to go to the installation page and check out our tips and tricks to finish your project professionally. Adding these elements enhance the flow of the design.

 When adding that special twist to your home using polyurethane products can accelerate your project time greatly. One great example is when a TV studio purchased a large order of coral stone posts for their new set.  Their set was drastically transformed. Within a day they had a beautiful row of bleached white coral stone posts covered with a rail that accented the room. The short time it took also saved them money but the professional quality product made it seem like real coral stone.  Another great example of how accessories or different architectural additions can drastically reshape the elements and ambiance or your project.

The quality of the smallest piece can make the biggest difference when trying to create a mood or effect. Some people have made masterpieces by just letting their creativity run free from column tops to the rails and moldings Polyurethane makes for a huge difference when it comes to possibilities.

 

The Ultimate Interior and Exterior Design Makeover Product.

Posted on August 22, 2013
Example of faux stone fireplace.

Example of faux stone fireplace.

Faux stone has been in the home improvement market for about five to six years. Since then it has substantially increased in sales due to the fact that is the ultimate medium for decorating interior or exterior sections of your house without sacrificing time and labor cost. For any room in any size and shape faux stone can be applied. Some of the most amazing applications are the use of faux stone in a shower, yes even in a shower.

There are no ends to it application. Another great interior example is the use of it on a ceiling. This gives the occupant of the room the feeling that they are in a beautiful earthy cabin with stone walls and a stone ceiling, thereby transforming a dead and tired master bedroom into a luxurious oasis from the stress of the day.

Just above the text is a great picture of the different uses of faux stone to revitalize a boring looking fireplace into a luxurious cozy place to relax and socialize. A great example of the variety of interior uses was the application to a bar. The homeowner was tired of looking at a plain unappealing bar for his den. The bar itself was a curved surface with the span of ten feet. Faux stone can be slightly molded and bent in order to fit the curve of the bar. The homeowner was incredibly pleased with himself now boasting he had built his own beautiful bar. The faux stone gave not only gave it a modern look but also was easy to install. Interior design was revolutionized with this product. Interior designers or set designers can easily use and reuse faux stone to transform any room or set.

Some of the biggest projects are done on the exterior of the house. These projects help make the home unique and more pleasing to the eyes. Sometimes people hide chipped paint or faded areas of the house with faux stone giving it a durable and long lasting clean fresh look. Many people love the versatility of faux stone and the value and depth it adds to any home. From mobile home skirting to column wrapping just about anything on the exterior can be reshaped and transformed with the use of faux stone. With simple measurements a couple simple tools anybody can change their house into a home. The difference is the personalization and customization of the house thereby making it your unique home. So if you were thinking of renovating or simply adding value to your home faux stone provides the easiest, fastest, and best way to do that while saving money.

Stacked Stone Fireplace

Fireplace With Faux Stacked Stone Panels Facing

DIY Stone Weekend Warriors – Remodel A Fireplace In No Time

Posted on February 17, 2013

They've done it again! With affordable stone veneer panels regular homeowners become DIY experts. Who says that only expert masons can create a beautiful stone accent? Anyone can and the proof is in the photos.

What once was a job for only expert stone masons or expensive remodeling firms, today has become something that any homeowner can quickly and cheaply dish out on his or her own. Or both!

Let's take as an example a young couple who just moved in a nice home and have spent a considerable amount of money remodeling the place before moving in. One project they left behind is the fireplace and as soon as they removed all the boxes and organized the rooms, they realize that this specific area needs a quick makeover. They agree on adding stone veneer panels instead of using traditional stone.

They have previously received quotes from masons who quickly scared them. They remember of this imitation stone store called AnticoElements.com and quickly decide to give it a try. The panels are clearly very realistic and installing them doesn't require any expertise.

To install stone veneer panels you only need a circular saw ( or if available, a table saw ), some Liquid Nails you can purchase at Lowe's or Home Depot and some screws.

Here's what happened when you have informed homeowners that know where to find faux materials panels to remodel a fireplace:

Stone Project With Veneer Panels

Stone Project With Veneer Panels

Many don't know it but this type of project doesn't require any mortar, mixing cement or spend days preparing the wall surfaces. They are not single pieces but a faux sheet. These stone veneer panels require no preparation.

A faux sheets in white

A faux sheet in white

So, no matter what style you have in mind or what colors you already have in the room, there is a stone or brick panel for you in the online catalog. Check it out!

They Look Real But They Are Faux Imitation Panels

Posted on January 14, 2013

If there are ground-breaking products that have been revolutionizing the construction, remodeling, DIY and decorating fields, these are undoubtedly the new faux stone panels.

The Faux Version Of Old Types Of Stone

The Faux Version Of Old Types Of Stone

It is not very easy to create realistic faux stone panels without employing the right technology. Real stones have their own, unique texture and colors that are not easy to replicate. With the faux version of these stones that come in single panels the results can be quite amazing. By using polyurethane and specifically designed acrylic paints you can start to see a product that strongly competes with real stone.

Some imitation stone could almost seem real at a distance but when getting a bit closer, the person's reaction changes suddenly.

An Up-Close View Of A Faux Stone Panel Corner

An Up-Close View Of A Faux Stone Panel Corner

What has been pulling this great material into the construction and remodeling fields is the amazing ease of installation and maintenance. With faux stone panels, adding a rustic or contemporary stone look to a building is truly now affordable and fun. What once was an expensive job, for highly trained professional, now is quick and at everyone’s reach.

If we take into consideration only the cost of preparing the wall surface before installing regular stone it would be enough to convince a homeowner or a professional builder to go with faux stone panels and save money.
When we add the saving derived from the reduced number of hours per square foot needed to install these panels, the case is clearly made against old type of stones.

Let’s summarize the easy process of creating a stone wall with faux stone panels.

1-      To prepare the surface make there is no dust or dirt so that the adhesive will be able to stick.

2-      Quickly lay out the various panels and accessories to get an idea how the parts will be installed.

3-      Create a horizontal line (preferably with a chalk liner) to use as a guide.

4-      Cut the first faux stone panel on the left side to create a flat area.

5-      Apply some adhesive in the back and where the various panels will interlock

6-      Install some screws in the middle of the panel and where the panels overlap.

7-      If some screws heads are visible simply use a touch-up kit to quickly paint them.

So, does it seem too simple of an installation?
This is exactly why so many people love this truly innovative replica stone material because it removes many obstacles created by old-fashion stones.

This faux stone panels CATALOG will allow you to choose the perfect combination of styles and colors to match your design.