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Why Use Our Products

Posted on October 15, 2009

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Why Use Rock Or Faux Stone Panels?

( Save money, easy to install, looks great )

Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of a remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product lika a Stone Panel, an affordable product with the support and advice of knowledgeable experts and do the work yourself? What if you then had fun doing it and be so proud of it that you started sending the photos of the finished work to your family and friends? It’s not just a concept, it very possible with our faux stone panels. All you need are some basic carpenter’s tools and to browse through a few pages in our catalog at

Our Brick 28" Aspen Plus

What are some of the many benefits of our products? Made in USA. Although some of our designs are inspired by the beautiful and classical styles from around the world, we understand today’s importance in employing American work force. That’s why we proudly make our products in the US! The Look. Purchasing imitation Stones Panels, Dry Stack and, River Rock Panels sometimes means getting a lesser product that looks fake. Sometime so, sometime quite the opposite. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, and coral stone. 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.

Fireplace design

Fireplace design - Laguna Line

Cost Saving. Why pay more for a hand-made stone materials and labor involved in long installation when you can pay less for another quality product? This building material is made of high quality, high-density polyurethane and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other materials and other vendors. You can let people admire your work without having to tell them how much you have saved. We provide an additional saving by removing middle men and passing the savings to the customer.  Compare our photos and samples with those from other companies to realize that our prices are lower and our quality superior. Don’t forget, we always have products on sale.

Faux Stone Skirting

Romana Stone for skirting - Sand

Applications. Our products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, In restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms Below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

Alpi Stone Wall Panels

New Romana Almond Color Stone Wall - Almond

Our panels can be installed over most preexisting surfaces. What do you do if you are a home-owner and are not interested in buying a new home yet you like the look of the natural stone elements? Well, give the front of your home a facelift. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, imitation products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and style. Choose from the different styles and colors to pick the one most suitable for your project.

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Laguna Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Stone panels create an everlasting yet modern ambiance and is a perfect architectural and landscaping stone wall material. These materials bridge the gap between exterior and interior areas. You can now recreate an exterior look in an inside space with very little effort.

Stone wall panels in charcoal color

Store Front Laguna Stone - Charcoal

Interlocking feature. Antico Elements’ Stone edges are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They use a system similar to tongue and groove to virtually remove the seam lines you easily notice in other competitor's products. We have spent vast resources to create a system that provides a great look, prevents water from sliding behind the panels and improve the insulation factor.

Interlocking Edges

Interlocking stone edges

Seamless look

Seamless look

Practical and lightweight. Have you ever seen someone install rocks and stone or have you done it yourself? You know how long it takes to lay one stone at a time. Now you can install 8-18 square feet of rocks and stone in one step utilizing our panels.

Fireplace Stone design

Interior Faux Stone design - Alpi Almond

Simple installation. 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 are basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instruction and in case you need it, great customer support.

Chimney Stone

Comiso Stone Gray Used On Chimney - Outdoor

Flexible. Unlike other manufacturers our panels are not rigid. They can be installed on a bumpy and curved surface without the need to cut single stones in small pieces and compromise the look.

Stone Siding Example

Stone Siding Example With Laguna Beach

Fire rated. Although resistible to high temperatures, all our products are also available in fire rated material for only 10% more.

Stone Backsplash

Laguna Stone Used In Interior Kitchens

Easy to maintain and durable. 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 rutting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time. They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage.

Fireplace Design

Fireplace design - Coral Stone - Natural

Benefits of accessories. Although our panels can be cut, mitered and sanded to meet around corners, we offer an easier and cleaner solution. We provide matching accessories like:  Outside Corners, Ledges and Sills. We also have:

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps and Column Sleeves

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps - Sand

Stone Columns, Caps, Trim, Moldings, Wall caps, Keystones and many architectural elements. Panels for Chimneys.

Outdoor Stone Veneer

Outdoor Stone veneer - Laguna Beach

For details on all our products please visit our online catalog at For answers on the most frequent questions please take a look at our FAQ Page.

Installation Instructions For Architectural Elements

Posted on September 23, 2009

Architectural Products do not absorb moisture and will not rot or
crack. However, they will expand and contract with temperature changes. To
minimize the effect of expansion and contraction, it is imperative that the
storage and installation instructions are strictly followed.

Summer Installation
Elements that have been stored in an enclosed trailer or under hot conditions
should be allowed to cool down for a 24-hour period to normal temperature
before installation.
Winter Installation
Elements can be stored outside or in an unheated area and installed
Elements should not be stored on an angle in direct sunlight or they
may warp. Although our products are highly impact resistant, they should
be handled with care. Certain impact can cause severe damage.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )
• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jig saw etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• Nails or screws ( exterior grade if used outdoor)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screw driver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails or PL.
• Safety Glasses

1. Arrange your panels the way you want them on your wall. Take note of the
repeat patterns and the alternating block sizes and rotate panels as
necessary. Start with a full panel against the ceiling. Cut panels as
necessary to fit your overall design needs.

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2. Because of the highly textured surface, it is recommended that all
measurements should be marked on the flat backside with a pencil
or marker and then use a straight edge or chalk line to mark a
cutting line.
3. Products are easiest cut from the flat backside including mitered cuts. For
ripping panels, a table saw may be most effective. Chop saws may be used
for some product profiles. Handsaws will certainly work also.
4. Wipe off any dust or dirt from your wall and the back of the panels.
Use only commercial grade polyurethane adhesives (i.e., Premium PL
manufactured by OSI, Liquid Nails, etc.) Apply a generous amount of panel
adhesive (minimum 3/8” bead) in a vertical line every 12” along the full
length of the back of the panel.

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5. Working from a corner, press the panel firmly into place on your solid wall
backing. Make sure the panel is square both vertically and horizontally.

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6. Secure over wood and drywall substrate surfaces with 1 1/2" finishing nails
or screws and over concrete substrate surfaces with tapcon masonry
screws. If you are not using a nail gun, you will have to recess each nail
with a nail set to approximately 1/8".

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Use a generous quantity of nails and don’t worry about the holes, as they will
disappear with a little dab of color matched caulk. Apply all the
following panels in the same manner. Place your panels together as tight as
possible, but don’t worry if a slight space is open at some point between the
panels, this will be caulked in. The important step to remember is to have
each panel square and your grout lines matched or lined up.

MOLDINGS (Bases, Chair Rails, Crowns, Pilasters, etc.)
1. Install molding elements on solid substrate backing.
2. Mark out the distance on the wall to be covered by the first piece of molding.
3. Wipe off any dust or dirt from surface area or the element, as detailed
above. Apply a 1/4” bead of adhesive along the backside of the element
and at each end.
Use enough adhesive so that the entire surface of the cut edge is covered. If
you put too much on or too close to the edge, it will squeeze out when
you press it against the mounting surface. This will be hard to clean off. Use
mineral spirits to remove excess adhesive. Start nails at a 45 degree angle
approximately 1/2” from the edge of the element. Starting at one end and
secure this end with finishing nails.

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4. Push element flat to the mounting surface and secure with finishing nails
on 16” centers or less. For multiple long runs, anchor first element using
previous procedure. C next element piece. Secure second
element at the mark on the surface. Butt free end of molding into first
piece of molding using adhesive between the elements. Push the first
element flat on to the wall and secure with finishing nails.

Picture 6

5. Certain elements are available with end stops and outside / inside corners.
When applicable measure to accommodate a straight cut and then install
element as set forth above.

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6. When mitering an element it is necessary to get as close of a fit as possible.
Apply adhesive to all angle cuts and cross nail from one element to the other.

1. Cut to size a 2” x 4” wooden section to be inserted into the bracket cavity. If installing outdoors make sure to use pressure treated wood or other water resistant materials.
2. Apply adhesive to wood and attach to the mounting surface using
mechanical fasteners, as detailed above.

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3. Apply adhesive to the bracket’s mounting surface and place bracket over
attached wood section and cross nail or use mechanical fasteners to hold
in place.

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1. Half Columns: Install like wall mounted moldings, as set forth above. Use
finishing nails to cross nail and secure capital and base halves to column.
2. Full Column Surrounds
a. Cut base and capital into halves. Note: Bases and capitals can be
ordered as halves..
b. Using a cardboard template trace out interior weight sustaining profile.
Notch-out using a simple handsaw or jigsaw the base and capital tops /
bottoms to accommodate wrapping around the weight sustaining
c. Install base and capital halves by applying adhesive to mounting
surfaces and cross-nailing halves together around weight sustaining
profile and allow adhesive to set.
d. Take column dimension and cut to size column.
e. When columns are in halves, apply adhesive to all vertical mounting surfaces and
cross nailing into opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.
f. Install between base and capital by applying adhesive on mounting
surfaces and cross nailing.
3. Free Standing Full Column
a. Create a square wooden mounting box, typically using
2” x 4” planks. Affix to the floor surface with mechanical fasteners.

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b. Install base by applying adhesive to mounting surfaces and cross
nailing into wooden box.
c. Measure and cut column halves as appropriate. Be sure to add the
height of the installed base and attached capital.
d. Apply adhesive to all vertical mounting surfaces and cross nailing
into opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.

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e. When applicable, stack column segments by applying adhesive to all
horizontal / vertical mounting surfaces and cross nailing into bottom /
opposite column halves to secure while adhesive cures.

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f. Attach capital by laying assembled column on its side and nailing and / or
screwing through the capital into the column walls.
g. Upright assembled column and attach to base and cross nail to secure
into base and ceiling.

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Apply caulking on all joints with special care when installing elements outdoor.



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