Antico Elements Blog

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.

 

 

Faux Brick For Residential And Commercial Uses

Posted on May 6, 2012

It is quite amazing to see the versatility that some products have. This is especially true for our Faux Brick used in this great commercial project. Let's face it, we all know how expensive it is to use real brick for small, large or medium projects.

For once, finding a contractor that will come out just to give you an estimate is a difficult and often stressful undertaking. Many wait a long time just to be presented with a pricy estimate that they can't really afford. This is because using real brick instead of faux brick requires a lot of work in the wall preparation. A great list of faux brick panels is HERE Moving the material before the installation is not an easy step either. Real brick is very heavy on it's own.

When you add the weight of the material plus the substrate preparation, which often includes a wire mash or concrete sheeting, in many cases the wall structure is not adequate anymore.

When looking at this undergoing project for a Pizza Restaurant we can see how incredibly realistic the faux brick is. New photos coming soon.

Uses of faux brick for commercial and residential

This particular customer just installed the brick panels directly on drywall. He didn't have to worry about the footing or reinforcing the studs. These faux brick go up very quickly and they can wrap around corners with an incredible ease. Most customers just run the the panels on a tables saw to create a mitered corner and make the faux brick look like a natural corner brick. No mortar or thin set was used!

It is often difficult to express how advantageous it is to use faux brick versus real brick. One has to really touch, feel and install this product to understand completely.

Visit our catalog for our beautiful and affordable faux brick panels and accessories.