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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!

 

Basement Home Improvement With Faux Stone Panels.

Posted on May 22, 2012

The reviews from customers who use alternatives to stone and rocks and pouring in. They are very excited to tell everyone how easier it is to use a faux material instead of the heavy and cold natural stone.

Here is another examples of a basement that was remodeled quickly and easily with the help of Antico Elements' faux stone panels. Why would you want to employ a material that is so easy to move, cut and maintain? Many homeowners are learning this lesson. Take a look at how easy it is to make a corner with faux stone: Interlocking Outside Corner

When using faux rock panels and stone veneer panels for projects like this, any homeowner avoids going through the headaches of planning and ordering materials to fit exactly in the spot needed.

Although it's not the ideal photo quality, you can easily see how quickly you can create a corner fireplace with our imitation stone panels and with the use of a fireplace insert.
https://www.anticoelements.com/117-laguna-faux-stone-panels

You may see a few faux fireplaces that are mostly stand-alone. Although easy to install - you just plug them in - they provide an "isolated" look in the basement. When adding faux stone panels to the project you can create very unique areas. In this case it was quite easiy to frame out the corner to accommodate for the insert. The panels can be easily glued and screwed in place. They are incredibly easy to cut to size and fit anywhere. You can't say the same for traditional stone.

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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.

Chicago-Red
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!

Installation Instructions For Interlocking Faux Stone Panels

Posted on September 23, 2009

These instructions apply to our Laguna, Alpi, Romana, Comiso, Castello and Corallo panels.


Antico Elements
` Stone 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.

Installation Animation

Animation

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 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 substrates you will need masonry screws, like "Tapcons".
Installing parts:

Position The Inside Corners

Prepare The Inside Corner

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

If you plan to use our corners, start by installing them TEMPORARILY before the panels making sure they are perpendicular to the floor. For now just use a couple of nails, to hold them in place, and NO adhesive.

Position first panel

Position The First Panel

We recommend that you install the panels from left to right (for the Laguna panels it would be right to left). For better results mark some horizontal chalk lines on the wall to keep your panels leveled.
Position the panels so that the horizontal 3/4" high lip is at the top and the horizontal notch, located in the back of the panels, at the bottom.
The left side of the first panel ( the one with the open lips) 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 with each other and fasten the panel to the wall using screws or nails. We suggest using at least 8-10 screws per panel.

First Row

Install The First Row Of Panels

Continue with the rest of the panels of the first row. Trim the right end of the last panel (for the Laguna it would be the left end) to fit against the wall corner. It is always better to mark your dimensions in the back of the panels.

Multiple rows

Proceed With The Next Rows

If installing multiple rows of panels, we strongly advice to cut the first panel of the next row in half, and use the half with the straight lip. This is needed to stagger the vertical seams. ( This doesn't apply for Castello and Corallo Panels )

All rows

Complete All The Rows

Continue until all the rows of panels have been installed in a straight line.

Mark the height of the corner at the same level as the top stone of the panel, not the top lip (see photo below).
Remove the corner and cut it to that mark. Apply some adhesive in the back of the corner and secure it back in place.

Cutting The Corner

Cut The Corner's Heigth To Size

If you are not using our corners but you are mitering the ends of the panels to create a corner, please refer to the How To Create A Mitered Corner instructions.
If you plan to use our INTERLOCKING Outside Corners please refer to the related instructions at the bottom of this page. These interlocking corners are very convenient but not required.

Second Wall

Instal The Next Wall Of Panels

Install the rest of the panels on the opposite side of the corner the same way you did above.

Installing Top Sills

Installing The Top Sills

Install the Top Sills in the correct direction making sure to locate the unfinished edge and placing it against the wall. The bottom front edge should be the finished one. If the sill isn`t touching the wall it should be turned around. To create a better seam between two sill pieces, the sills should be mitered where they meet at the corners.

In most cases caulking the seams shouldn`t be needed but you can apply any exterior grade caulk and use our Touch-Up Kit to match the stone colors.

End Of Installation

Enjoy The Great And Very Realistic Stone Look

The great and rewarding finished look
How to treat exposed edges.

In some cases the panels may need to be cut before they reach another wall or a corner, therefore the raw material becomes exposed.
In these scenarios you have a few options:

1- Use our Trim Sill as a trim to cover the edges
2- Shape the exposed edge and touch them up
3- Create a return with the panels itself

1- Our trim sill is the easiest way to cover exposed edges. Simply cut the panel straight and and install the Trim. If you are using the trim around a firebox, a door or a walkway, you should install the Trim first then cut the panels to size in order to butt against the trim.

Use trim as cap

Use our Trim Sill to cap edges

2- Some customers sand and file the cut edges and shape them to look like the ends of a real stone. They apply some textured caulk and paint the caulking with our Touch-Up kits.

Touching up the edges

Smooth out the edges and paint them.

3- One of the nicest way to cap the edges, but it requires some expertise with tables saws, is creating a "return". Please refer to our "How to create a return" installation page. Given the thickness and uneven texture of the product, the return strip might break in a piece of two but they can be put back together at the end of the panel. We believe it's still worth going through this process rather than using the second method ( using the touch-up kit). Some people though don't have a table saw available. See the image below as an example.

Creating a return

Creating A Return

How to use our Interlocking Outside Corners.

We also have Interlocking Corners that can be used in place of the straight Outside corners. These new corners interlock on both sides with our panels. A very nice accessory.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Temporarily Install The First Corner

Temporarily place the first corner with one screw ( you might need to remove it later if you install a panel on the left side ). The above image shows the 36" high Interlocking Corner but we also have the 24".  The top of the corner has the 3/4" high lip, the bottom has a notch in the back.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Install The Panels From Left To Right

Most stone panels should be installed from left to right. The Laguna panels and River Rock Panels are installed right to left.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Install Panels Until Reaching The Next Corner

If your project consists of multiple corners, continue installing panels until the next corner is reached. Cut the right side of the last panel flush with the wall corner and temporarily hold it in place with one screw.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Create The "Fingers" On The Last Panel

Now place the corner over the last panel and, with a marker, trace the "fingers" of the corner over the panel.
Using a jig saw create the fingers on the panel to match those of the corner. Some filing and sanding will be necessary to create a snug fit. Try to cut on or inside the marked lines to avoid gaps. 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.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Now you may install the corner and continue the installation of the next wall. If no corner is used to the right side of the wall, you may use our Trim Sill to end the installation.
Some caulking may be needed to make the joint between panels and corners more seamless. We offer Touch-Up Kits if you wish to paint the caulking to completely match the color of the panels.

Enjoy!

 

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

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