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Brick Wall Panels. An Easy Solution.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Who doesn’t want to add character and style to their home and possibly spending money?

Many of us often see an old looking Chicago brick wall and dream about replicating that old fashion and distressed look. You can easily do it with faux brick wall panels. That would make sense if everyone knew of their existence. The majority of DIYers rely on what they can find at the closest hardware store.
This also means that they are confined to the choice of real brick or pressed cardboard that looks nothing like brick. The other option is to install the real brick; that’s not a job most people want to start, and they don’t.

With synthetic product like polyurethane you can have it both ways. Install beautiful and realistic panels and save a ton on labor an some on the material itself.

Here’s what you do to install them

  1. You need to decide how many panels will be necessary so measure the square footage and plug it in our Panel Calculator. There are two sizes, 28” and 32” so make sure to select the correct one. The purchasing step the easiest one in the whole process. The shopping cart quickly calculates the shipping and processes payments in the most secure way you can find online.
  2. When the product arrives lay it against the wall to understand where you want each panels to go. This will help you eliminate some cuts and reduce waste.
  3. These faux brick panels are easily screwed and glued in place. Just make sure you install all the panels in a perfect straight line so that the gaps in between are minimized. You can also use nails or long staples if you wish.

Chicago-Faux-Brick-TanIf necessary install the convenient ledge trim and where you see gaps you can apply some caulk and paint it over with our paint kits that can be ordered as well.

That’s it! You just created that amazing distressed look of faux brick just like you see it on TV!

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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.

Using faux brick to create the ultimate contemporary room!

Posted on June 1, 2012

 

Give a room or office the ultimate contemporary look while saving tons of money through the use of faux brick products. These brick products are becoming increasingly popular due to the lightweight material and easy installation along with the affordable pricing on a variety of faux stone panels designs. Contractors are starting to take notice of the high demand faux brick products as well. There are many options in the home improvement market for suitable faux brick designs and colors.

Faux brick are the perfect option to transform a plan room or space into a contemporary or traditional oasis. They can also be used to spruce up existing bricks by being installed right on top of the old bricks. When thinking of a contemporary theme, it shouldn't be limited to art galleries and industrial sites, but even in households faux brick can offer a complimentary look to an existing room. It is now easier than ever to redesign an old basement or guest room into the ultimate office or entertainment space using the faux brick. If your basement has a drab concrete floor that has seen better days, give it a make over with the addition of an accent wall of faux brick.

Adding a faux brick finish to a wall can give a living room, dining room or family room a relaxed, natural touch. Faux brick can be used on almost any surface, and can installed in seconds through the use of construction adhesives and screws. Another great option to dramatically change a room is to give your modern or contemporary fireplace a cozier look, and redo the surround in faux brick. This can dramatically change the look and theme of a room instantly!

 

Installation Instructions For Faux Brick Panels

Posted on May 16, 2012

Use this video to view the general installation guidelines for our brick panels. For more detailed instructions please read through the article below the video:

 

 

 

 

Antico Elements` great brick panels are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They are designed for Indoor and Outdoor uses. Even though the installation is very simple, make sure to read the instructions in order to avoid problems and gaps with these types of faux brick panels.

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Chicago-Red

Before installations:
Always try to keep the panels leveled. The walls should be dry and free of dust. We strongly suggest the use of the fasteners and plenty of adhesive where the panels and lips overlap.
Important: When using the product outdoor make sure to store the panels in a cool area before installing them. If they are left in a hot place it may cause a small degree of shrinkage when the temperature outside drops.

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 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

Our products can be installed Indoor and Outdoor, directly over framing, drywall, brick or concrete.
-For indoor all you need is adhesive, caulking and wood screws or long staples/finish nails.
-For outdoor you might need an outdoor grade adhesive and galvanized screws. Some caulking may be needed.
-For brick, concrete, cinder blocks and similar you will need masonry screws, like "Tapcons".

Installing parts:

Installing Faux Brick - Click To Enlarge

It is always a good idea to temporarily lay out the faux brick panels around the project to plan which / how faux brick panels will be cut and which will not.

We recommend that you install the panels from right to left unless you plan to use corner pieces ( see below ). For better results marks some horizontal chalk lines on the wall to keep your panels leveled.
Position the panels so that the horizontal lip is at the top and the horizontal notch at the bottom.
To start, the right side of the first panel should be trimmed, removing the fingers and creating a straight edge.

Cut the right fingers of the first panel - Click To Enlarge

Apply a few lines of adhesive in the back and where the panels overlap / interlock and fasten the panel to the wall using screws, nails or long brad nails. We suggest using at least 8-10 screws per panel.

Apply Adhesive - Click To Enlarge

Continue with the rest of the panels of the first row. If the faux brick panels terminate against another wall, simply cut the panel to size. The exposed edges will be hidden by the next wall. It is always better to mark your dimensions in the back of the panels.

If you have an outside corner wall and need to wrap around it with our faux brick, you have at least 2 options. Using our Corners or Mitering the panels' cuts.

1- Use our Faux Brick Corners.

Faux Brick Corner
Using Our Faux Brick Corners - Click To Enlarge

When using the Outside Brick Corners we suggest starting the installation from one of the corners, and not from left to right on a wall, as mentioned at the top of this page.
Installing the left side will be easy. Installing panels on the right side of the corner will require lifting the previous panel a bit to squeeze the next one in. Not a big problem.

When using multiple corners you will notice that at one side of the wall you will interlock panel-to-corner easily and on the opposite side some "jig-sawing" will be necessary. In this case you should not install all the corners first. See Image below.

Trace the fingers of the corner on the panel - Click To Enlarge

To accomplish this, simply cut the last panel on that wall straight with the corner of the wall.
Place the corner on top of the panel and trace the fingers of the corner on the panel with a pencil.
Remove the corner and with a jig saw create the matching fingers on the panel so that the two parts will interlock.

Now you may install the last panel and this corner piece. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the flat "lip" on the panel or corner that is not getting cut, to create a flat and even seam.

On the other side of this corner you can simply interlock your next panel, the "fingers" will match without having to make custom cuts.
Repeat this method for each corner, where panels are installed between corners.

2- Create a mitered corner with a panel. For more on this type of cuts see: How To Create A Mitered Corner

You can use a faux brick panel to wrap around a corner.

Mitering a corner
Cut a panel at 45 degrees - Click To Enlarge

One important note: Always use the two pieces of one panel for the left and right side of the corner so that the brick will match at the tip.

Finished Mitered Corner - Click To Enlarge

The same steps may be followed to create an Inside Corner. The only difference is that the panel needs to be cut with the opposite angle, as in the image below:

Cutting at 45 degrees to make an inside turn
Cutting at 45 degrees to make an inside turn
Continue installing brick panels on the next wall
Continue installing brick panels on the next wall

When installing multiple rows of panels make sure to start the second and every other row, with half panel so that the seams will be staggered and you be able to use more of the left-over pieces. This is a great way to hide the seams since they will not all line up in the same vertical line.

In cases where you stop the installation of the panels in the middle of a wall or at a corner there are a few options available to cover the exposed material at the edge:
1- Use our Door And Window Trim to install right where the panel gets cut

2- Cut the end of the panel at 45 degrees and then miter cut a triangle piece from a left over panel to create a return. You may follow the instruction on How To Create A Return. See also the image below.

Create A Return
How To Create A Return

3- Some customers sand and file the cut edges and shape them as the end of a real brick. They apply some textured caulk and paint it with our Touch-Up kits. This last step takes a little time to complete.

For the top edge of the panels, we have a really nice Ledge Trim that is meant to nicely sit on top of a panel.

For exterior application we suggest caulking the edges where water could penetrate.

For light-colored panels (especially white) we strongly suggest applying a heavy amount of caulking in all joints. When the caulk dries paint it over with the same paint used on the panels. We do offer touch-up paint.

Caulk Joints if they are visible.
Caulk joints if they are visible.

Enjoy!

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Feel free to request additions and modification to these instructions. Send us a comment by clicking here to email info@anticoelements.com.
Thanks!

Presenting The Amazing Faux Brick.

Posted on April 28, 2012

The first thing that comes to mind to most people, when seeing the words faux brick, is faux paint and maybe painting a brick pattern on a wall. This is because for decades there were really a couple of options to create a brick look.

You could either use full brick, brick veneer, or thin brick and maybe go toward the faux painting route. The first options was usually the one homeowner discarded quickly. Installing real brick is not a job for weekenders or inexperienced brick layers. It is a heavy job and quite messy.
Painting a brick pattern on a wall can take a long time to master and by the time you get to that point the walls already finished do not really look like what you had envisioned in the beginning.

The reason why faux brick in the form of wall panels are becoming so incredibly popular is that it avoids all the above.Panels of imitation brickThe advantages are not only for homeowners but for builders alike. These faux brick are not just some fake looking panel, they actually incredibly realistic. So why not use a cheaper product, one that anyone can install quickly and achieve the same result?

It might be a concept hard to grasp because such revolutionary product has not been seen until the past few years. All people need to do is order a sample from Antico Elements to see how real they look. Ideally you want to get samples from other sources to compare and realize that Antico's quality is higher and at the best faux brick price. Also let's not forget that not every store offering faux brick can honestly say they are Made In USA.