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Why Use Imitation Brick Panels vs. Natural Brick

Posted on December 29, 2015

Real Brick Vs Faux Brick Wall Panels And Advantages

How do you make the decision of whether or not to use real or fake brick for your masterpiece? Which factors would contribute to that decision when considering both? For some this could be a difficult decision and yet for others it's as simple as taking a look at a few key points. Whether your trying to give a fresh new look to your home, or trying to give it to your business

The look and appeal of brick has attracted many people to that style. The problem is the limitations of natural brick far outweigh the benefits. This problem has been solved by the advent of faux brick products.

Uneven Brick wall

Uneven Brick wall

Take a look at the grout lines in the faux brick wall panels and observe how uneven, rustic and attractive they are. Real brick is extremely difficult and time consuming to repair. It requires a mason and the right brick.

Repairing a cracked brick in a wall consists of many long steps, plus it is very common for brick or stones to chip off and crack since they are extremely porous.

In some cases homeowners complained about excess dust from their brick slowly crumbling and dirtying their floors.  Another problem with natural elements is their porous structure allows for water and mold to get inside it.

Once the water finds a crevice to sit in, the mold develops. In addition, water turns into ice and it can crack the stone or brick leaving an unappealing scar on the once beautiful veneer. This has been accounted for by developers of faux brick wall panels.

Alternative products such as faux brick avoid this problem because they are water and mold resistant. Since the hardened resin of imitation products has a closed cell structure, none of the problems for natural elements listed above can affect the ultimate finished project. This enables it to be one of the most efficient products in the home improvement industry.

Antico White Brick

Antico White Brick

Using natural brick also brings a high transportation cost to the table because of the weight involved along with the labor involved in moving it. Since it is extremely heavy the contractor does charge for transportation costs, which is an extra expense that you have to worry about.

This also limits the kinds of projects that can be completed because the weight can bring down certain walls.

If you put too much weight on drywall, it will most definitely fail under the pressure resulting in a huge mess and the total loss of your wall.

Another  limitation for using real stone or brick is the height you are allowed to build. With polyurethane products, the weight is minimal so you can go as high as you want.

Unfortunately, there are many unseen obstacles and problems that come up with using real brick. The preparation takes a long time. There is also the cost of the labor which can run $30 per square foot. You can double check this in the local masonry guide. Fake brick or faux brick wall panels can help people save a ton of money. You can see how they look here

After the prep work is done then the measurements must be taken and the bricks set down on the mortar.

Each row is time consuming and tedious which adds on a higher labor cost. If I was a restaurant owner and I needed to be opened quickly, this method of construction would drastically slow down the project completion time.

The best alternatives look great and take less than a fraction of the time to complete. So not only is the restaurant owner losing money on labor costs but now losing time that the restaurant could be open. Don't get stuck using vinyl brick because it can not stand up to the test of time.

Antico brick-charcoal

Antico brick-charcoal

Essentially, using real brick would have hurt the project greatly by slowing it down. Different options like the imitation brick panels can greatly increase the speed of construction saving the owner thousands in the long run. Using other alternative brick styles like brick wallpaper or vinyl brick like the one in this picture can ruin a project over time.

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.

How To Choose And Use Miter Saws

Posted on December 18, 2013

Don't Get Mad Get A Miter Cut

Many people are wary of using tools they don't understand but using the miter saw is easy to use once you understand the basics. Miter saws perform a large number of tasks and provide support for many projects which is why it is essential in the building process. For the do it yourself people out there who are ready to tackle any project this tool is invaluable.

Miter Saw 1

The miter saw enables you to cut on an angle so that you can create different trims and moldings, as well as a number of other miter joints. Creating a miter joint may seem difficult but it is actually very simple.

Simply measure the dimensions of the joint area then divide by two. That will give you the degrees where you need to make the cuts.

There are three different types of miter saws. The different types offer you a range of different options for projects. The first type and the most common type is the standard miter saw. It is the basic miter saw that can make a perpendicular cut through a board or other material at angles typically ranging from 45 degrees left to 45 degrees right. The blade uses an angle scale and locking device keep the blade correctly aligned.

The second type of miter saw is the compound miter saw which adds the ability to tilt the blade at a specified angle from vertical, to cut a compound angle. This is also referred to as "bevel" cut.

The best way to remember the difference is by thinking of compound as a two in one tool because it cuts in two angles. This saw allows you to move the blade and tilt it so you can do different kinds of cuts according to the project.

Miter Saw 2

The third type of saw is the sliding miter saw. This saw slides along a horizontal arm, similar to a radial arm saw so that it can accomplish a large amount of tasks. This saw enables the user to cut a wider piece of material for bigger projects.

Most carpenters or contractors have a miter saw that they can use, but the general public does not.

Although, the equipment may be expensive the public can use it for a nominal rental price in order to avoid buying one. So the "do-it-yourselfer" is in luck because home depot and other home improvement stores rent out the miter saw for about forty three dollars a day with a small seventy five dollar deposit.

Renting the equipment enables anybody to get projects done without hiring someone to do the job for them. Learn the safety rules before you rent the product and take your time. Watch as many instructional video

The miter saw is easy to use and provides a range of different capabilities that enable people to complete a variety of different projects. Simply place the material you want cut then set the degree at which the cut should be made.

The cut can be made but be careful with your hands and clothes so they don’t get caught in the blade. Make sure that the saw is placed somewhere that is easy to clean up afterwards because the dust from the cuts will fly everywhere and could be hard to clean up.

Make Your Dream Home A Reality

Posted on November 12, 2013

Tips On Making Your Dream Home A Reality

Remodeling, renovating or building a home is a tricky process. There are many factors that play into the construction of the house. The main factor is money. Nine out of ten times money is the main mover and obstacle in some projects. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money and time in the building process. Using the newest products in the market can give you a leg up on your renovation. This article can help you create a vision for the way you want to fix your home.

Front Comes First

After Stone Cladding

After Stone Cladding

Fixing up the front of the house is essential in renovating any home because it creates the first impression. The front is how we express ourselves to the world therefore it should reflect who you are.

This is usually the reason why many people seek to modernize buy an older home. Homeowners that want to create a stone look for their house are usually scared away by the large installation, labor and maintenance cost. They can avoid all three of these obstacles by using and installing imitation stone or brick panels.

Installing them outside or inside is no problem because they have a closed cell structure that makes them impermeable. Polyurethane panels are durable and lightweight giving them the strength needed to be used on the foundation of a house and the durability to last without expensive maintenance. These panels can revolutionize the way a house looks from the front by creating the stone or brick design homeowners can give their home a great facelift for a quarter of the price it would normally cost.

Bad Backyard No Problem

Backyard Posts

Backyard Posts

The backyard is the place where family and friends socialize. It is usually the focal point for most homeowners because this is simply where they spend most of their free time. The backyard has some spots that easily reveal the age of the house.

Decks show aging signs more clearly because the posts supporting them require a lot of maintenance. The best option to cover up the posts is with post wraps which can create the best look for the lowest price. Using imitation stone to cover the posts is a great way to save money and make your backyard look great by hiding those bare and boring posts.

Fixing An Inferior Interior

The interior of the home is where the real magic happens. Unfortunately, most people fill their homes with furniture or miscellaneous items that don’t flow with the design of the house. This problem results in stressful clutter clogging up the free space of the house. Adding more clutter to the home is not the solution to fixing the interior in some cases less is more. Sometimes just getting the right stuff to go in the right places can speak volumes for a home.

Changing the color or texture of certain rooms can elevate the prestige and unique characteristics of the home. Using imitation stone or brick panels can help transform any room within an hour instead of days. The panels provide a whole new look to be enjoyed. They can even be applied in bathrooms since they are waterproof.

Making your dream home is a fun and exciting experience. It is important not to let your desires be curbed by financial constraints. Using products that don’t require skilled labor to install is important because it helps save money and time. Creating your dream home is possible by using the right products that can help make that dream become a reality.

Installation Benefits Of Faux Stone

Posted on September 18, 2012

The greatest quality of these products is that a person does not need to hire a mason to complete the installation, which will dramatically reduce the labor costs of the entire project. How you ever seen someone lay down real stone or rock? It can be quite strenuous and stressful logging stones with heavy weights to them. Installation will also take hours to complete when working with real stone and rock. That time can now be cut in half when working with replica stone and replica rock because no preparation is needed and the panels come ready to be installed onto any surface.

Before river rock photo

When you are installing the products, we recommend starting from the bottom left corner and working your way right. Next row should start on the left hand side and be worked to the right. We also offer the outlet trim and switch box to use to compliment the panels and adjust to use for the switches and outlets.
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The outer boundary of the panel comes with an insert on the top and sides for a stack-able option to reach whatever height measurement is needed.

Securing the panels is quite simple and can be done through the use of adhesives such as Liquid Nails or P & L Glue to name a couple. The adhesives should be applied to the back of the panels on the flat surface. It is also recommended that dry wall screws be used as well to help secure the placement of the panels on any surface.

Many beautiful replica stone panels come painted in acrylic paint, where the paint serves as a natural protector against mildew and mold and helps to keep maintenance to a minimum.
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The final product will come out immaculate.

After river rock photo