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Create Your Paradise With Ease

Posted on February 20, 2015

Anybody who has thought of opening a business started with a dream. That dream has very  specific designs and creativity associated with its inception. Building that dream can turn into a nightmare if the right materials and design methods aren't used.

There are many examples of businesses that spend a long time in the construction phase and lose money and time due to delays. Other examples show a rushed job that doesn't come out looking the way it was projected. Sometimes it comes out looking very unsuitable and unappealing due to the wrong materials or colors being used. There should be no delay in creating that paradise with all of your ideas intact. Polyurethane architectural elements enable people to create their vision without being tied down by the constraints of regular masonry.

There are many new additions and advancements that have been made in the industry of polyurethane products.

Building an inviting room or business is all about presentation. If it is a restaurant it may need low lighting or a cozy environment.

Creating the perfect mood is easy when you have the freedom and resources to make your dream come true. Utilizing the right interior design can help boost business or resale value on a home.

Relaxing Spa Setting

Relaxing Spa Setting

For example, there is a spa in downtown Miami that is known for making people feel like royalty when they step inside because of the interior design.

The beautiful columns and the flowing corbels that held modern looking light torches made the spa look like a very luxurious retreat.

They kept the relaxing music in perfect combination with color and smell. They created the ambiance for a soothing experience. Winning over the customer starts with sight because pleasing the eyes is the first step in keeping a customer.

A Winning Design

Creating a great atmosphere is very important for most businesses in order to be successful. Making the client feel special and well taken care of is a priceless advantage. The ability to make people feel welcome or make them feel cozy is the best marketing tool ever used. Imagine walking into a gym where the pool is surrounded by beautiful columns and the coral stone walls and corbels which create a luxurious ambiance that rivaled that of the roman baths.

The serene environment is not just created with relaxing music or exotic smells, but a great interior design as well. The right design can include adding caps like a deco capital for the top of a column or intricately carved corbels that show off gargoyles or angels. The polyurethane is hardened into an exact representation of a variety of stone pieces that can revolutionize the way a room looks.

The goal of any design is to instill a welcoming feeling for the patrons or homeowners. Design can play a big role in the development of a business.

Using our coral stone balusters and corbels can accent the room like never before. It makes a big difference in the impression it gives to other people because of the design. They will create a wonderful ambiance. There is a long list of different elements that we replicate to perfection, but the major point here is that any project is possible in polyurethane.

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.

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.

 

Brick Isn’t All That Its Cracked Up To Be

Posted on October 24, 2013

Over the years people have seen many problems arise from using brick masonry. Now there is a simple solution.

This article will talk about the different reasons why brick doesn’t stand up to the test of time and climate. The main reason people still use brick is because of traditional usage and the psychological familiarity. Unfortunately, using brick is the most inefficient method there is because of its time consuming process and the lack of structural integrity. They have been incorporated within many modern designs but they still have too many drawbacks.

Bad Brick SeamLow Quality ProductUsing brick may look great but it requires a lot of complicated steps before installation and maintenance. The main problem with using brick is the drainage of moisture. Without proper drainage throughout the right outlets the life of the brick will decrease, requiring an expensive repair process.

Pictures of a broken chimney come to mind when observing the disadvantages of brick. There are dozens of brick chimneys that have not survived the test of time due to simple problems that arise with brick. There are many issues in climates where freezing may occur because freezing of water can cause the moisture trapped within the area of the brick to expand and start cracking the brick. The best way to avoid this is by using brick veneer panels.

Another problem that arises is the heat expansion of the bricks. If the builder hasn’t accounted for heat expansion then a major problem could arise in the future summers to come. Heat can cause the bricks to expand beyond a point that would cause them to crack and fall out of place.

It happens commonly, if they have not been aligned with the correct formula. Saving time and money is always important in any construction job but never at the cost of the project or else the client will have to pay twice. The most important thing that hasn't been recognized in the construction industry is the fact that without using the best materials projects will be over budget and over time. Crews could save countless hours by using the panels.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Do You Want To Cover Concrete Foundations With Faux Brick Or Stone? No Problem.

Posted on August 15, 2013

The use of formed concrete foundations or prefab and insulated walls are simply the standard in today’s construction world. After all, have you seen anyone build a foundation with stone or cinder blocks lately? We didn’t think so. Nobody today is willing to spend the money necessary to build the foundation with a material that provides a better finished look, right away.

Before Stone Cladding

Before Stone Cladding

Most of the homes you see today have an exposed concrete foundation that either looks like rough concrete or that has a brick pattern which undoubtedly looks fake.

What can you do in this situation?

Painting those walls is just going to make a very small cosmetic improvement. Many who are not aware of other solutions ahve also used vinyl siding, with the results we all see around us. What you really are left with is covering the concrete foundation with realistic faux stone, rocks or brick. You have already spent a considerable amount of money to build the house and the foundation so, most likely, you will want to find an affordable faux stone cladding solution.

Available stone cladding options.

1- Paint. As mentioned this provides a visually small improvement but it’s definitely affordable.

2- You could look into applying a layer of textured stucco. This wouldn’t clearly work where the foundation has a brick pattern. The stucco will follow those fake grout lines and show what is behind it. It is also not that affordable as the foundation has to be prepared and the stucco must be applied with a trowel, which is labor-intensive.

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

3- Some companies who normally install this type of cladding are used to cast stone, which is made of heavy concrete mixes. They say it is a lighter alternative to real stone or brick but it is still quite heavy nonetheless. Stucco cannot be applied directly to the concrete as well, particularly if it has been already painted. In most cases you will need to install a layer of plywood or flat boards on which to glue block by block.

4- Use a light weight faux stone that solves a wide range of hurdles. When using faux rock and stone panels you will bypass the biggest obstacle of the project; the preparation of the concrete wall.
This material will also remove the constant need to fix peeling and dark moldy spots.
Faux stone panels are usually less than two inches thick so they integrate well with siding materials above the foundation level. The size and look of the stones are very different so you are not stuck with just one pattern and color.
As you know, concrete is one of the worst insulating materials and it transmits the outside temperatures to the inside of the wall. This is mostly the reason why basements are so cold. Using a layer of faux stone, the one made of resins that provide an R4 or R5 insulation factor, will protect you for extreme temperatures.
Paint, stucco or cast stone will not do that therefore the saving in using faux rocks also shows up in your heating and cooling bills.

Stone below siding

Stone below siding

Another great article on how to use faux stone as siding is here:
http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/just-in-stacked-stone-panels-to-reface-a-home-facade/

Let's not forget one of the most important advantages and that is the savings in labor costs.

For an example of how easy it is to install these panels make sure to visit our Installation Pages.
http://www.anticoelements.com/blog/installation-pages/

One thing these faux stone panels are great for is the skirting of a mobile home or raised home. If you have an open space below the foundation of your home there is a very simple solution. House skirting with panels of stone. All you have to do is create a simple frame with vertical strips and glue/screw the faux stone on them. It will look like a real and solid stone wall.