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Easy Remodeling Project That Increases The Resale Value Of Your Home

Posted on March 11, 2014

Remodeling or renovating a home can be a tedious process, but the end result is always worth it. They say all work and no play is bad for the soul, and it is true! That is why it is important for people to invest in themselves and invest in their homes.

Coming home after work to a clean and beautiful home relaxes the mind and body. Making that home unique and full of character can easily increase the market price.  It can help the homeowner get a nice return on their investment.

Beautiful Home

Beautiful Home

The problem with renovating any home or business is the time and cost it takes to get finished. The main cost comes from labor due to the length of time most projects require, as well as the type of tools required for such skilled labor.

Renovations are projects that can be done in a short amount of time which provide a great way to invest in yourself and in your home.

Committing yourself to a new addition or a second story on the one story home, may be too big a project to take on right away. Renovating with stone veneer panels gives people the choice of the look they want. Consumers can get a quality look for less time and money. This is why architects and designers love using this product. These panels achieve the look and design people want without the headache.

Using smaller projects first, enables you to fix more things without spending a lot of money. For example, remodeling the fireplace is a great place to start because it is a symbolic part of the home.

Remodeling the fireplace can be a great start to fixing up your house and turning it into the home of your dreams.  It is a traditional and symbolic section of the house which is why people are drawn to the fireplace. It's a great start for renovating the interior but the biggest difference happens when people walk inside and they are astounded to find out that it isn’t real stone after the host tells the guest.  It can be one of the most memorable places in a home. Fireplaces show signs of aging very quickly. Often, this is the reason why some people who want to remodel their home usually start with the fireplace.

A common misconception about renovating a fireplace is that you have to take down all the preexisting walls and tile around the area.Antico Fireplace In Alpi Almond

With faux stone panels we make it easy to remodel the whole facing of the fireplace without worrying about an expensive tear down.

Simply make sure there is a flat surface and avoid the hassle of an interior demolition project.

The amount of time and labor saved from having to tear down the wall is priceless. It takes a long and chaotic process to undo the dust and debris from a project like that. Using our stone or brick panels not only brings the fireplace to life, but it also increases the value of the home itself.  They can be cut with wood cutting tools available.

The savings comes from the amount of time and labor and installation preparation needed. Most people do not have masonry experience so it makes it difficult for them to do their own home renovations. The best satisfaction one can have is the feeling of completion of  your own hard work.

The panels provide a method for people to renovate quickly without making a large mess to clean up. They can install the panels and cover hundreds square feet in under a day. There is no stone cutting that leads to large amounts of dust blowing everywhere and making a mess. There is no need for mortar compound which can destroy certain parts of the home if it spills onto carpet or other areas. Panels make life easy.

It is a very friendly material that enables people to cut it at their discretion. This product is easy to use and doesn’t take any skill or experience to install.  All it takes is a little bit of time and attention.

To some people the fireplace is the main focal point for a house but there are many aspects of a house that come into play. The character of the home is also defined by color, texture, and even floor space plays a large role. This wall in the picture, for example, flows with the design of the cabinetry for the home.

The character for the house is usually defined by the front and by the fireplace within. It is extremely influential in the way somebody perceives the home. The way the light plays with the house and its siding makes a big impression and gives meaning to the character.

Attraction is half the battle which is why it is important to cultivate the best circumstances for the pieces for your design in the first place.

Modern Home

Modern Home

Renovating those parts of the house are a great way to start the renovation process without getting into a deep commitment. The construction process can be complicated and overwhelming. Using our realistic looking panels provides the perfect option to alleviate those problems. By beautifying the home you add value to the home and make it more comfortable for everyone.

Stone Veneer Facing Made Fast

Posted on October 10, 2013

Stone facing is a long and complex process. This article describes many steps involved in conventional masonry while shedding light on the advantages of imitation stone panels. These steps could otherwise be avoided using fake stone panels which provide a better look at a fraction of the price. Also, there are different unseen expenses that are overlooked in the initial proposal for the project.

The crew needed for the project is another factor that can add a large expense, especially if the project runs into delays due to bad weather which doesn't effect faux stone panel installation. Stone facing can be broken down into a couple of steps which highlight the disadvantages of using this process. Observe the picture below to get an idea of the various steps involved.

Learn The Process And Choose For Yourself

The first step requires choosing a method for the securing the base mortar coat. Once you have chosen the surface then get the vertical substrate ready which means laying down the base mortar coat adding more time to the project.

The substrate or underlying wall where the stone is being placed has to meet certain requirements before being set.It must be strong enough to hold the weight of the stone cladding so a wooden frame won’t hold up. It also needs to have a waterproof barrier which is extremely important. Usually, cinder block or steel substrates are needed to give support to the masonry veneer.

Masonry veneer means stone facing that has no load bearing components but still requires a lot of preparation work before installing. Even though it has no load bearing effect the masonry still needs to have a drainage cavity for projects that may encounter moisture. The drainage cavity allows for moisture to be disposed of properly so the interior wall isn't destroyed by moisture deterioration.

Masonry projects cost as much to maintain as they cost to build according to, masoncontractors (OCTOBER 25, 2010 9:30 AM CDT). This maintenance is usually due one of the many factors that can go wrong in masonry. Then the masonry crew must build a flashing system at the base of the veneer. The flashing system is designed to prevent moisture from deteriorating the joints and mortar in the wall.

Moisture is the main factor that really hurts most masonry projects and requires more labor because creating the flashing system is an expensive and necessary process. Masonry cladding also requires lateral support in order to reinforce the stone facing. All of these steps and more must be considered in any masonry project because time is money and the more time a project takes the more money it costs to finish.

The Logical Choice

Stone close-up

Stone close-up

After all of these steps there are still many aspects and factors that require more in depth review which will be discussed in future articles. With the basic overview above we can easily see the long and expensive process it takes to build using the natural stone facing process. Imitation stone panels could easily create the same or better result in a fraction of the time it takes to place natural stone. Check out some of the panels here.

Covering Foundations With Faux Stone Panels

Posted on September 26, 2013

Contractors and homeowners agree that the foundation of a home is the most important part but, it is also the most neglected. Fixing the foundation requires a lot of construction to ensure the foundation is safe and solid. Unfortunately, after all the work is done there is usually unappealing gaps that show signs of recent construction.

The most attractive method to cover up exposed foundations and insulate the home at the same time is by utilizing stone or brick veneer panels. This way the house not only looks great but also saves the customer time and money by using this easy to install product.

The only preparation required is measuring the dimensions to establish how many panels the project requires. Then simply cut the panels as you adhere them to the surface. Once you are ready to install the panels simply glue and go.

The panels can be glued or screwed into the surface of the house. It takes less than half a day to install which is great because nobody wants to have ongoing construction on their property. Click here to check out our installation guide so you can see how easy it is.

The basic siding options include but are not limited to vinyl, brick or synthetic stucco. All of these fall short of faux stone or veneer brick panels.  When considering all the options and maintenance costs involved the logical choice is faux stone panels.

Contractors have a better medium to work with.

Contractors all over the world know that making a house look great after they finish construction is all that the client cares about. Customers want a fair price and a great result which is exactly what this product offers. Their clients also want the project completed quickly which is why faux sheets or panels represent the best option for covering foundations quickly.

Faux stone and brick products enable contractors to cover blank pieces of cinder block or concrete section that they just finished building for the client.

If the client complains about how long a project may take then the contractor can turn to faux rock panels for their project so they can finish faster. When contractors use the imitation stone or brick products they save time and money because installation is so easy.

In life the best thing to have is balance and this product provides a great balance for the consumer because not only does it do away with expensive installation costs but it also looks amazing on any house, in any style and in any climate. This is the versatile product that could make contractors lives easier. If you or someone you know needs to have their foundation covered save them money and time for that project by referring faux stone and brick panels.

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