It is easy to believe that a person spends more time at work than at home. An average of about 8-10 hours a day are spent in an office or work environment. So, people naturally would like to be as comfortable as possible while completing daily tasks. There are different elements that play a role in comfort, for one an office chair and desk play a vital role in a person's comfort level at work, and also the work atmosphere must play a role as well. The theme can range from the colors of the walls, to the style of carpet designs, to open or closed cubicles and etc.
A great way to impact the atmosphere of the work place is to give the area a makeover. This can be done on a very low cost budget. Some good ideas to start with are opening up the area with natural sunlight or knocking down cubicles or even dramatically changing the theme of a restaurant. Another great option would be to switch up the colors and or themes of the space. If paint jobs are out of the question because of the mess it causes, an excellent alternative with less mess would be panels of fake brick. These panels offer great detail and texture in material while also showing great designs and patterns.
Typical designs are natural stone looks but aren't limited to that, there are now more modern and industrial looks to compliment an art gallery or maybe even a construction office. The installation is key, panel placement can be done in minutes with little to no cleanup needed. Simple tools are all that's need such as screwdrivers, adhesive glues, and hammer and nails. These panels will dramatically change the energy and atmosphere of an office, which can directly improve the work output of your employees. The supervisor should start to see an improvement in production and overall energy in the work place!
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 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!
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 panels.
Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )
• Measuring tape and pencil
• Hand saw ( a table saw, miter saw or jig saw can be used if available )
• 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)
• 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 and wood screws.
-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".
It is always a good idea to temporarily lay out the faux brick panels around the project to plan which / how faux 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
For the top edge of the panels, we have really nice Ledge Trim that are meant to nicely sit on top of a panel.
For exterior application we suggest caulking the edges where water could penetrate.
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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. 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.
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.Editor
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.The 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.