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How to Cut Faux Stone Properly

Posted on March 22, 2017

Making The Cut

Faux Stone is one of the most versatile products to hit the home improvement market. Cutting faux stone is simple and easy to do. Unlike stone cutting saws there is no need for expensive diamond blades, create messy dust or use water.

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

Imitation Stone Panel Cut

The polyurethane is durable yet light enough to allow for an easy cut with any saw. The table saw ensures the straightest and highest quality cut but any saw with a steady hand or a straight edge.

If you look in your garage or your toolbox and do not find one do not worry you will still be able to use any other kind of saw such as a jigsaw or circular saw in order to finish your project. If you do not have any equipment at all then go to the nearest home improvement store and simply rent one. This will still be cheaper than any other method in the long run; like using real stone or hiring a mason.

The main thing you should be focused on while doing your project is the proper preparation. Make sure the area is flat and devoid of bumps and other blemishes. Lay out the panels around the installation area to plan which panel to cut and where to create corners and returns.

Do not fret because this only takes minutes. Some problems that arise while cutting is when people have pipes or fixtures and they need to put stone around it, which highlights the beauty and ease of faux stone. You may cut anywhere to fit your needs.

After you receive a panel you simply face it where you want and draw out the line where you need to cut in order to fit the piping. If you run into any problems such as having too much or little of a panel the large assortment of finished edges will fit to your needs thereby giving you the customized look and professional finished result when you are done with your project.

Here is a great example of the finished product after the corners and correct cuttings have been made.

the finished product

Here's the finished product

Unlike other products, like cast stone, you can easily miter-cut the panels and create seamless joint. You can see how natural products are difficult to miter-cut and create a clean look. The material is very forgiving and you can cover any gap with caulking and using out touch-up kit to paint over it for a joint that will be very difficult to see.

 

Once you have established the exact area you need to cover draw out where the panels will go. Then apply how many you will need according to your design. Triple check your measurements and then confirm with the actual panels where you want them to go. Make sure to do the cutting as you go.

Do not start cutting right away or else you will not be able to keep a continuous flow of pattern. An example of an important cut is the miter cut which is used on the corners of columns or end of walls.

The goal is to stack the panels properly cutting off the edges in order to place them in a pattern. The edge that you cut off is not waster, you can use it to start then next row onto the level right above it and interlocks them into place that is why it is important to do your cutting as you go along.

A great place to find a picture step guide is on anticoelements.com/installation.  So keep your saw and marker handy. Always, use your tape measure in order to ensure you are cutting off the right pieces. In order to ensure a professional look make sure edges are cut straight. Be safe and have fun with your next home transformation project.

Redecorating Or Remodeling Bars And Restaurants

Posted on April 16, 2015

The perfect way to redesign a bar or a restaurant today is no longer focusing on the look of the products used but the attention to the environment, by using reclaimed material or products that are considered green.
One product is surely driving a large portion of this trend is faux stone panels that is made of a recyclable resin and that can be easily reused in other areas.

Reusable faux stone panels for a bar

Reusable faux stone panels in a new bar

Most decorative products like stone and brick are not easy to reuse since are “stuck” on the walls where they are applied. When considering other affordable products most business owners are impressed by the ease of installation and the way the faux stone can be unscrewed because they are simply made of easy-to-move panels.

Remodeling is not the only area where designers are trying to save business owners the time it takes to get things done and the investment necessary to open a restaurant or bar. Even when opening a new establishment the budget is critical. Those who venture in the opening a new business can tell you about the importance of choosing the right product for stone wall, and all other aspect of the decorations.

In the image below you can see how many cuts and turns in the stone a bar requires to create a welcoming atmosphere. When approaching such a project you might want to consider what’s needed to prepare the structure where the panels or cast stone are installed.

Cast stone application

Cast stone application

When using other products you can expect a large number of cracks between small blocks of cast stone that will either need to be grouted or, if left unfilled, will disrupt the flow of the look.

What differentiates a lightly planned opening or re-opening of a bar or restaurant is the welcoming feel that the customers experience the first few times they walk inside. Spending a few extra dollars on a designer’s or architect’s opinion can make a huge difference in the success of the business. Customers don’t only look for quality food but the whole experience and this will surely repay the extra expenses put toward a rich decoration.

Faux Sheets And Paneling Art

Posted on October 4, 2013

Faux Stone Panels and Art

Art is a reflection of human nature. It shows us the ideas and emotions of the artist or designer which also reflects the characteristics of their generation. Each color and each presentation is aimed at evoking an emotional response. Art expresses the unique perceptions of the artist. The goal and the process of artistic design is all about using creative methods to create beautiful or dark styles that the artist wants to represent in their work.

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Brick Display Booth At Trade Shows

Emotional responses are controlled by the method and medium the artist chooses to use. This is why choosing new and exciting mediums is very important when it comes to making a great impression with a fresh perspective.

Designers have to understand how to manipulate emotion and function to create an effective style. Good designers can recreate the different themes or styles that the clients require. Great designers know how to create their own brand by using new and effective ways of making each project speak volumes.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

Quickly installed faux wall stone panels in sand.

New Medium Helps Designers make a winning Impression

A new medium for designers has been popping up in different trade shows and exhibitions across the world. This medium is known as the imitation stone or brick panels which have become increasingly popular due to the advances in technology and realistic look they portray. Designers have fallen in love with this product. The convenience of the panels have also attracted many homeowners to the market because it is geared for the do it yourself-er. They are not only realistic but easy to install so the designers save money and time because they don’t have to worry about dealing with masons.

Trade Show Exhibit

Trade Show Exhibit

Using a new method to build unique styles helps the designer make a winning impression among their colleagues and clients. Faux stone and brick panels do away with all the disadvantages of using the traditional elements of construction. Therefore, the next generation of designers has already embraced this product because of the flexibility it offers them.

 

 

How To Create Faux Stone Paneling Corners

Posted on October 2, 2013

Choosing faux stone panels to remodel the home is a great idea. Along the way you will find that it is the fastest and easiest part of any renovation process. While setting up the project area nine times out of ten there will be inside and outside corners. Stone panels were designed for convenience and flexibility so corners do not pose a problem because there are several methods to produce professional and realistic stone corners.

Outside Corner

Our Convenient Interlocking Outside Corners

Creating a flowing pattern around the corners can be done with three different methods. The first method is by using the interlocking corners. These corners come with interlocking teeth that can be joined to any other panel of the same color and texture.

The First Method

The interlocking corners are three feet high and provide a realistic outside corner piece to match your project. They can easily be cut and butted up to another corner if the need arises. They can easily be stacked on top of one another in order to reach the required height. The interlocking corners represent the fastest way to build your corners so they look great.

The Second Method

The second method consists of using the inside and outside corners. They are beautiful four foot high brackets made in a ninety degree angle that allows the other panels to butt up directly to the other panels to guarantee a professional finish.

Although, they may be the same color scheme they are not the same pattern as the interlocking corners. They come in a stacked stone design which creates a nice finish for the corner enabling customers to use inside and outside corners. The incorrect way to build corners is represented in the second picture.

Low Quality Product

The Third Method

The third method is the most time consuming and detailed. You must create a mitered corner by cutting a panel in half. Cut the panels with a 45 degree angle using a miter saw or table saw set on a 45 degree angle. After adhering the panel on the corner simply smooth over the edges. Then use textured caulk to seal in the edge. After using the textured caulk grab the touch up kit with the same color scheme and paint over the corner to match it with the pattern you are using. This process requires a lot more work and time which is why we always recommend the other two options first.

Using the recommended method always gives the best result and the quickest completion time. The goal of this product is to reduce the time spent on any project. Visualize your project finished and completed within a couple of hours instead of days.

The Gazebo Remodeling Revolution

Posted on September 16, 2013

Getting A Great Gazebo

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Beautiful Gazebo With Column Wraps

Tired of that old looking gazebo where you once loved to spend time? Well here are some ideas to fix that old gazebo of yours. First off determine whether or not the post and deck wood are all still in good shape because nobody would like to work hard on their project only to step on it and put a hole in the deck. After checking out the wood and cleaning up a bit take a look at where the gazebo is and how it complements the surrounding area. Observe the colors and textures in order to get a better idea on what you can do in your back or front yard. Usually, exterior design calls for exterior materials like stone or wood but now you have an alternative that enables you to have the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost.

Gazebos are a highly visible and dominant element in any setting. Imitation stone products can revitalize the way the gazebo looks. I remember the Gazebo at my church and saw how central it was to the social atmosphere of the guests. It was the focal point before the service where people went to talk or grab a little food. The gazebo started to chip over time and the paint was cracking. After a while it really looked like it was in bad disrepair and painting it over again was not working so they tore it down. Fortunately, this could have been avoided had the right material been applied to the project such as imitation stone or brick which would have made the gazebo look new.

Gazebo with stone pillars

When people look at the Gazebo their eyes naturally fall upon the bottom section which is usually exposed. The bottom section or skirting, which is commonly the section that shows the age of the structure. This provides an eyesore and a place for rodents and bugs to hide and make their home. By using a skirting or siding you can fix the eyesore in under a day. All of these problems discussed above can be fixed with a design element that has flooded the home improvement industry due to its large variety of applications. It is called polyurethane which is a hardened resin that turns into beautiful realistic faux stone, brick or any form of architectural elements is the answer to the old gazebo problem.

Being creative is easy when it comes to using faux stone or brick especially since you can now solve aesthetic issues and make your gazebo look brand new. A simple application of faux siding can revitalize the gazebo of your dreams. Making a once boring ugly eye sore into a peaceful zone of Zen is easy by using faux stone or brick. Using the faux stone siding not only covers that ugly gap underneath the gazebo but gives the full effect of a stone foundation. This design can not only give the appearance of a stone foundation but also brighten the look of your gazebo.

Faux stone or brick provides a great way to avoid buying a new gazebo because enables you to get a new look with a more professional finish. Check out this link HERE in order to view the great difference faux veneer panels can provide. Since the gazebo is providing the frame for the panels to be applied to this drastically reduces the time of the project which means you will be finished in a fraction of the time. Enjoy your gazebo and have fun.

Modern Faux Stone Fireplace

Posted on September 13, 2013

Over the years fireplaces have been an iconic symbol for each generation. Although, they have changed over the years and each time they always reflect the architectural philosophy of that generation. Everybody who has had a fireplace in their home remembers the cozy feeling it inspired. It brings a warmth to the home besides the heat the fire brings. Everyone sits around the fireplace talks and laughs and shares Christmas presents or plays with their children. The fireplaces now have changed considerably with different technology.

New technology has changed the look and feel of fireplaces by making them safer and cleaner. With a whole new variety of new style of fireplaces a new contemporary design comes into play. Now many designers and homeowners are changing their fireplace by using faux stone products.

Faux Stone Fireplace

Faux Stone Fireplace

Antico fireplace

Antico fireplace

Designers are taking advantage of the benefits offered by faux stone products. The modern fireplace has been revolutionized. The trend is redefining the way the American fireplace looks by creating the utilitarian look with a contemporary edge. Faux stone products can easily go around the fireplace and even be used to create a mantle.

The versatility of this product is best explained when you examine the various methods it can be applied. In the fireplace setting it can wrap around the corners and go right up to the ceiling with any problem. But the one of the greatest things about this product is you can add fixtures such as lights through the panels. With stone you must make a sacrifice because you can’t drill straight through stone and put lamps or mirrors on it. With the faux stone panels people can easily drill through and anchor whatever they want into the panels.

Fireplaces are not complete without some form of mantle. Where else would everybody hang the stockings and put up albums of their family. The mantle plays a large role in the room due to the albums and ornaments that adorn it. When people pass by the mantle usually a long parade of smiles and hugs dot the pictures above the fireplace. This was very special to me as a child because every Christmas we always added our new albums to the mantle highlighting the fun we had that year. These important pieces of our lives should be revered. Remodeling the traditional fireplace with a modern touch is made easy when using faux stone because you can take that boring blank space around the fireplace and create a masterpiece of design in under a day.

The modern fireplace is still evolving. Many homeowners have adopted the faux stone approach because it is a cheaper way to remodel the fireplace. Most people have been purchasing the newer versions of fireplace which complements the design theory of the faux stone method because after the easy installation most people love the great look it creates. Save time and money while making your house into a cozy home. Escape from the trouble of the world and warm up by your new fireplace enjoy the great textures and colors brought on by the faux stone.

Best Siding Options And Advice

Posted on September 6, 2013

 

Front Siding Faux Stone Design

Front Siding Faux Stone Design

Siding can make or break a house. When people are shopping for houses they know that siding is an important part of the house. The type of siding used can make a great deal of difference when renovating a house. It is true that not all projects are equal and some require a different less traditional approach in order to get the job done right. Siding makes a big impression and is an influential part of the home which helps define its character and ambiance. The siding also helps insulate the home therefore plays an important architectural role.

People always wonder how they could cover their siding or foundation without a hassle. It is a big project if you use the wrong materials it could take forever. The best bet is to find a product and design that enables you to get the product installed quickly with the least amount of skilled labor required. For the best application results it is important to take correct measurements in order to avoid any problems and to ensure you get the right amount of materials.

Now the hard part is choosing which method to use for fixing up the siding or foundation of your house. There is a very short list of options. Some people go with plastic or wood boards or a trellis under their mobile home for example. All of these are fine but the best option is the one that provides you with a quality look and a durable long lasting product. Imitation stone or brick panels are an easy and quick way to fix the siding or foundation areas for your home because it provides an affordable yet high quality result for your project.

Faux Stone Siding

Faux Stone Siding

Even the siding of sheds can be a great space for improvement. By the time people fix up their backyard, usually the old shed stands as the last eyesore to deal with. Naturally nobody wants to get rid of the only place they can store all the extra stuff that they cannot fit in the house. So instead of buying a new shed and destroying the old one simply add a couple of veneer stone or brick panels. This enables you to match it against the surroundings wrapping up the beautiful backyard with no eyesore in sight. Within a day you have created a new shed with great attributes just by changing the siding.

The siding and foundation areas are some of the most visible areas that show the true age of the house.  The best way to avoid showing the houses true age is by covering and remodeling around the areas that have the most gaps like the skirting or foundation even mobile home communities can use this product to cover up the bottom of their home. There is no end to the advantages and possibilities of using this product  for that project.

Another Great Use For Faux Stone And Faux Rocks

Posted on June 26, 2013

Do you have a cottage or a rusting and cozy place you like to use as a "retreat"?

If you, like us, have been in an old cottage you would have probably seen wood paneling on the walls and most likely noticed the old smell of wood. This way to dress up the wall of such areas may be a good, temporary, solution but in the near future you will be looking for an alternative and will be very eager to replace those panels.

Often homeowners push aside the idea of using rocks and stone on a wall because using real stone is not easy at all to install. They are usually not aware of faux stone and how it can bridge the gap between the ideal look and the average skills of the owner.

The easy remedy can possibly be to remove your old paneling and use faux stone which comes in convenient panels that are very easy to set up.

This is clearly not a solution for only cottages or cabins; faux rock panels can be used quite successfully in areas like this loft bedroom below.

River rock panels on a loft bedroom

River rock panels on a loft bedroom

The question is always “what can we do to these walls?”

Today coming up with a creative, affordable and long lasting solution is very simple. Using faux stone has been proven to provide long lasting results. Unlike wood, these panels are not going to create odors, similar to those of old wood. These are materials that are very tough and even left outside for decades they will not rot or bio-degrade.

When it comes to the rock panels above, there is no issue with repetitive patterns because these faux stones come in versions A and B so that the shape of the stones is not the same. Additionally, the colors are applied by hand so that even if each stone is similar in shape, in most cases they will have a different color.

You will be amazed how realistic these faux stones and faux rocks will look. The first thing people do when they approach these panels is go right to them and touch them. It is something that you can't resist because you know they are not real but at the same time they do look that way. At the touch you can't tell the difference. The only way you can tell that the material is synthetic is by hitting it with a hard object and hear the sound that comes out of it.

How often and for how long would you worry about not having a "real" product when the advantages gained are so many?

A Great Time To Use Stone Panels

Posted on March 29, 2013

Most Americas are witnessing a great improvement in the housing market. We cannot avoid hearing about it all over the news.

A significant number of homeowners, whether they were "under water" or owning their property, are realizing that with the home prices going up it is now time to do some renovation and put the home up for sale.
On the same token investors and first-home buyers want to take advantage of the very low mortgage rates and purchase a property before the prices reach new highs.

From many surveys, an average of 54% of homeowners say this is a good time to remodel.

Thanks to this reality we are now as busy as ever selling our stone panels. These panels are incredibly easy to install that have become a staple for anyone trying to quickly renovate and remodel a home.
This new economical trend is benefiting different sectors of the US population so investing in this material is simply a matter of doing what's best for a lot of people.

As usual we recommend getting some sample that ship the same day so that before any purchase every customer has the chance to appreciate the quality of stone panels and avoid confusion in the stone colors shown over a monitor.

Lava Stone Sample

Lava Stone Sample

The vast majority of project involve either a facade makeover or and accent wall. Either way stone panels cannot be beat when it comes to overall cost of the project and for allowing virtually anyone to install them without the use of a mason or a contractor.

Stone panels are waterproof and UV resistant and can be applied to any surface in just minutes. The stone is very realistic and none can really tell the difference from real stone unless they knock on the panel itself.

Before leaving you we want to show you our newest stone color panel:

Lava panel color of our Alpi Stone line

Lava panel color of our Alpi Stone line

We really love this color and can't keep enough samples in stock! It's really great to see the excitement that we experience with new stone panels and colors reinforced by our customers!

Don't forget to take a look at our catalog for all the colors and panels' sizes.

Innovative Stacked Stone And Stacked Stone Panels.

Posted on September 10, 2012

Stacked stones panels are new innovative products that offer an alternative to real, natural, and heavy stones. The alternatives offer the same texture and feel of real stones but without the hassle of lifting large and heavy stones during installation. The alternatives also offer a more portable element where the imitation stones can be installed and uninstalled to change with seasons or color preferences.

 

These imitation stones are a great way to add value at a low cost for installation. Installation can be done in minutes with stacked stones; many contractors and carpenters are looking more to these products to offer a quick installation solution to home remodeling projects. Stacked stones are a great alternative to to real stones and those messy paint jobs.

When it comes to installing stacked stone, it can be done in a number of ways, the most popular being using construction adhesives (glues) and crews or nails. The lightweight material of stacked stones makes it an easy job to complete anywhere. Many home designers and installers prefer to work with these stones because it offers a quick solution to installation. Stacked stone can be installed virtually almost anywhere from kitchens to bathrooms to even gardens. These products are not just limited to residences, business' are now too taking advantage of the low cost stacked stone materials and cheap labor costs that come with it. Imitation stones are a great way to add value and impact a space or area, for instance installing stacked stones to compliment a theme in a store or restaurant can help entice customers to come in which should boost business.

Real estate agents like working with imitation stone too, especially when trying to "flip" a house. The stones are a unique way to dress up a property to show potential buyers; it can also be installed and uninstalled rather quickly to offer a quick an intimate setting for a specific project.