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Trade Show Materials And Movie Magic

Posted on January 27, 2014

Set designers and movie producers have found new ways to make sets look quite realistic. Not only do they seek to make the sets as real as possible, but they also desire easy installation. Imitation stone or brick helps set designers save time and money with their projects. Building a set is a complicated and hard process but it can't take a long time because the projects usually have a short deadline.

Sets have to be made in a short amount of time or else the project goes go over budget and underwater. These projects are large undertakings which require a lot of work and attention to detail which is why polyurethane architectural elements play a large role.

Making a movie means creating a realistic yet magical interpretation of the artist’s story. Movies help people escape from reality or get in touch with parts of life that people haven’t experienced before.

Each piece of the puzzle has to be perfect so the story really touches peoples' hearts. That is why it is so important that polyurethane products are made with the strictest attention to detail so they ensure a great look. This set below did not use one ounce of real stone but the polyurethane architectural elements made them seem realistic.

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Stone Wall On House Made To Add Depth

Set designers are some of the most creative people in any industry because they have to improvise and innovate with almost every project they work on. The product that helps make their life a lot easier is the Antico Elements' faux stone panels used in some TV show sets and movies.

Polyurethane comes in a variety of shapes and sizes enabling set designers to create houses that look like brick homes in hours without having to use real brick. Different architectural elements and installation tips can be found here for more information- www.anticoelements.com

If crews are going to shoot a scene in a house that requires the traditional look of brick set designers can save time because the brick panels just need to be screwed or glued onto studs or plywood to create that realistic look.

This equals hours of work saved for the set designers. Before polyurethane products set designers would have to paint fake bricks on houses or find another way of creating a stone or brick style on a set that looks just like the real thing.

Brick homes like the one in Home Alone could have been made at a quarter of the price that it cost for actually renting and filming in one for a movie because homeowners usually charge an exorbitant rate for renting the house for a movie due to the inconvenience.

Old traditional Brick House

Old traditional Brick House

With faux stone panels any set can be made within deadline and look realistic. This helps create just the right mood the director is looking for. In addition, a great set helps the actors be better at what they do because it helps make them feel the presence of the role they are playing.

Fast And Easy Wins The Race

When the designers are thinking of a fast and easy way to create a new design for their set faux stone or brick panels represent the best option to use.

With its many advantages and quick installation guide it has been a proven remedy for any problems in creating a fantastic breath taking set. Creating movie magic has never been easier with the use of polyurethane architectural elements.

The Reality Of Real Stone.

Posted on September 3, 2013

Broken Natural Stone Vs. Faux Stone Alternative

Broken Stone column

Broken Stone column

Stone is not always the best looking architectural material available. As we can see above when stone is applied there can be large pieces that may fall off due to incorrect mortar setting or rapid placement in order to finish the project faster. Nine times out of ten construction is done in a last minute haste and accidents like this can happen all the time.  I also want to draw your attention about three rows under the large gap and directly next to the gap. Look at the mislaid stone with grout lines that are all uneven. Grout lines are never exact when natural stone is laid.

Check out the beige stone that looks crooked. All these mistakes were found on various columns throughout the building. There are many unwanted problems associated with using real stone because of its application method. Problems like this can be dangerous because the stone pieces were incorrectly placed. The vibrations in the column from cars being driven in the garage above had shaken the stone piece loose.

These kind of problems are common on any construction site which is why the alternatives are extremely attractive for builders and consumers. What if someone had been walking by and the stone fell on them a huge lawsuit would most definitely be the consequence. Most likely a parked car would have suffered but thankfully no harm was done but it highlights the problem of using these kind of materials. These problems are avoided when we apply the use of faux stone column wraps. The lifelong guarantee is supported by a manufacturer warranty. Therefore contractors and designers that are looking to save time and money on their projects have started taking advantage of the benefits of using faux stone.

What is truly important to remember is the high cost of labor for installation and repair. To get anybody out there people out there to finish a project like that is expensive. Now in order to fix this the owner has to call the contractor to get the mason to come and fix it. The bottom line is that people are realizing real stone has many set backs unlike faux stone which is easy and cheap in comparison.

I urge our readers to find natural stone and take pictures and observe the grout lines and the crooked stone. Using this alternative can not only save you money but give you a professional look at the same time. Polyurethane imitation stone products are waterproof and UV proof. Even stone cracks over time usually because water and ice can play a large role in the strength of the stone. So when considering what to use in your next project look at the bigger picture and do the research then make your decision so you don't make the mistake of getting stuck with a bad result on your project.

Crating Faux DIY Stone Walls With Interlocking Panels

Posted on March 11, 2013

The vast majority of those who start a remodeling project do not have time to spare. In most cases they would love to see the project completed as quickly as possible.

Stairway with faux stone wall panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

Remodeling a room can take from one day to several weeks and most households or businesses cannot afford to have tools and building materials laying around for weeks or months.

When it comes to renovate rooms and walls, there are many options. You can simply use paint to make it quick but you usually get what you pay for. If you would like a rock wall of a faux stone wall the choice are just few. You can either choose heavy, cultured, cast or veneer stone or go the easy route and choose faux DIY stone wall panels. Instead of having to use expensive online referral or rating sites to choose a contractors or even a mason, you can make it easy on yourself.

Stone Wall Panels

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels.

With resin stacked stone panels for walls, we have entered a whole new dimension of DIY practices. Most of us have kind of given up to the idea that stacked stone walls will be a dusty and dirty job and that knowing when a contractor will complete the job is not something easy, right?

If you want to cut through the difficulties of dealing with a mason, save a considerable amount of money and control the quality of the finished project, you can either install faux stone wall sheets on your own or just pay your handyman to do it at a fraction of what a mason would charge. Antico's faux stone wall panels install in just a few minutes and are as easy to handle as this Antico Elements video clearly shows. It is just a matter of interlocking a few panels and corners and use other accessories to go around corners and turns.

It’s not always necessary to take the trouble path when it comes to remodeling. Simply follow what so many homeowners and builders are doing today, give Antico Elements' light-weight and clean stacked stone panels a try.

Here's how they get quickly installed.

No preparation needed for the wall behind. Install them directly on, Sheetrock, wood or metal framing,

  1. Take the first panel and cut the "fingers" off the left side, to create a straight edge. Any wood cutting tool will do the job.
  2. Glue the back with affordable construction adhesive like Liquid Nails. Apply a few screws.
  3. From left to right, install the next panels until the last one will reach the end of the wall.
  4. Measure the remaining wall surface to cover and cut the panel on the right side accordingly.
  5. Repeat the above steps if you need more rows of panels to cover your wall.
  6. If you create a wainscoting simply use the Ledge Trim to cap the top of the panels.

DONE!
No grouting, sealing, cleaning or caulking needed. It's THAT easy.