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Affordable Remodeling

Posted on July 11, 2014

Remodeling can be a stressful process but that changes with the advances made in the home improvement industry. Tools and remodeling products have been evolving every generation. Saving money while remodeling is not so tricky when using the right materials and methods.

Saw blades are designed with more accuracy and sharpness. Computers now give us more exact construction methods. The handheld tool has been redesigned to have a longer list of different capabilities in order to accommodate many uses.

Chemicals are created that form stronger bonds. Alloys are being designed that are stronger than their previous counterparts. With all of the advancements being made the goal is not only to make different projects easier, but cheaper as well.

Power To The People

Products like faux stone panels enable individuals to do projects such as home renovations or business remodeling themselves. It helps make large remodeling projects affordable. Compounds like polyurethane have been improved upon over the century leading to great architectural elements that aid people in their remodeling project. It is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process and has an incredible amount of longevity. Its manufacturing process has also been upgraded so the atmosphere is not hurt by the emissions the production.

Start Of Renovation

Start Of Renovation

Polyurethane is a hardened resin which is then painted to look exactly like the architectural elements it represents.  The product comes in many different forms. They save a lot of money for people who can’t afford to remodel their homes using regular contractors and traditional construction methods.

Remodeling is an essential part of the economy helping keep the values of home in an attractive profit margin. It stimulates different sectors in manufacturing as well as labor. Polyurethane products may seem insignificant to most people that don’t know about it or have never used it but in fact it is a beacon in the home improvement industry.

It serves as a rally point for people that are ready to make their home better without diving into a series of crippling loans or credit card expenses. This product makes it possible to make anyone’s home or business into a luxurious retreat. By changing your home or business you can revolutionize it so it looks better in a fraction of the time it used to take.

Tips On Quick Ways to Make Your Home Look and Feel Amazing

Posted on January 3, 2014

Find Your Diamond In the Rough

A diamond in the rough is a phrase that refers to an object that is very valuable, but hard to find. Finding that diamond in the rough is a boost to any renovation project. This means finding a style or a piece of the puzzle for your  home improvement project that wraps up the whole concept efficiently. Faux stone panels represents that diamond in the rough for small projects like a fireplace remodeling job The best way to stay ahead of the problems that come with any renovation is  through good research.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

The best designers and contractors both agree the ability to find the right piece for a project is tough. Most projects demand a flexible product that can go anywhere. Imitation stone panels can go inside and outside with great success.

Sometimes the homeowner's ideas are constantly changing and inconsistent. This creates a demand for materials that are easy to install. Easy installation also

Establishing a method for renovation is hard because of the many different issues involved. The time factor that affects it can create the biggest obstacle in finishing a project on time and most importantly on budget. Traditional methods are quickly becoming outdated which was the inspiration for the polyurethane architectural elements.

Using creative ideas means finding innovative ways to apply those ideas. Many home improvement projects require skilled laborers to make the renovation complete.

Fortunately, no skilled labor is needed when using creative products like the ones offered at Antico Elements. These panels provide the diamond in the rough. They can be applied anywhere in any climate and reduce the project time into minutes or a few hours.

Faux Stone Bathroom Example

 

Creativity Equals Success

The designs being used today are aimed at bringing together the modern contemporary style with a traditional earthy tone. Evoking a sense of liberal modernism has been the result of the trending designs that have been taking over the United States.

The best way to calculate the difference is by the traffic in these styles and how many buildings now incorporate them automatically in their finished real estate. Many investors have realized the need and benefit of selling furnished homes or offices.

It is important for contractors to be aware of the alternative when approaching these projects because they can be finished sooner rather than later.

It will help increase the ability of the contractor to pick up more work.

The more projects the better it is for the company and the more contractors that network the stronger the home improvement industry will become as a whole. If contractors learned how to work with  faux stone or brick panels then a new age of construction will follow.

Making sure your project goes as planned is just as important to us as it for our clients. We go the extra distance to make sure our clients are happy with their project.

Ensuring success in every job received is important for business because reputation is everything. Quality and consistency is important in delivering the right brand. Imitation stone panels are a diamond in the rough for the home improvement industry.

Real Feedback Equals Real Results

Posted on October 17, 2013

The home improvement industry is constantly changing and finding good products is getting harder every day which is why using consumers' feedback is important. The best way to find out about new products is getting feedback from customers themselves. Learning about real experiences help paint a better picture of the pros and cons in using natural stone. Unlike consumers who have used traditional masonry people who have purchased fake stone panels have all fallen in love with the professional look and easy installation process.

Using trial and error is not the most efficient means of production so people use different forums like Houzz.com to find out information on the projects they want to tackle before they get started. Doing your homework can increase the efficiency of the project and make sure they come out looking like this living room below.

Many home improvement projects include using stone facing for skirting or foundation cladding. Projects that use stone may appear inexpensive at first but once we take real people’s experiences and extrapolate the real cost after construction then we can make an educated decision.

Educating the masses and helping others is the main reason why people need to do their homework before starting a project. Taking a look at the real costs and methods involved in the project can help people save money and time.

Stone cladding takes a long time to finish. For example, to cover 48 square feet with thin river rock natural stone pieces took two people three days to finish. With faux stone panels it could have easily taken under three hours. It would have only required about five river rock panels which you can find here.

Here is an excerpt from their discussion, “We were very pleased. He and his father are great and actually did the entire kitchen from pictures I drew. This stone work job cost roughly $1,300. A bargain!” According to them this was a bargain when it could have cost them $834 including shipping if they used faux stone panels. Plus it would have only taken three hours to complete the project with one person.

Another example of the long time it takes to complete a stone facing project is an instance where a man wanted to cover the foundation of his house. Some of the sides he was covering amounted to 300 square feet and some were only 28 square feet.

Imagine if you will trying to mortar a piece of stone above your head that weighs easily a couple of pounds which could easily fall and kill you with one blow with one wrong step or the mortar didn't hold it. I don’t know about you but that seems a little ridiculous to take that risk just to make your house look better. Take a look at this picture and imagine if one of those stone pieces came off the grout line and fell on one of the guys with no helmet. Do you think a trip to the hospital would make a difference?

The house below represents the instance of the man trying to cover the foundation in natural stone. He took two summers working from June to November to finish the whole project. The project required him to mix eighty bags by hand. For those of us who have already mixed bags of mortar by hand your wrist is probably already aching just at the thought of it, but for those readers who haven’t had the pleasure try it and see how your arm feels after a couple bags.

Faux Sheet Installation

In conclusion, most of our readers now realize that there has to be a better and faster way to get the same results. Thankfully, there is a better way that only requires the ability to lift light panels of imitation stone. Faux stone or imitation stone panel installation only takes a fraction of the time it takes for traditional stone installation and isn't dangerous at all.

 

 

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.

Why Use Our Products

Posted on October 15, 2009

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Why Use Rock Or Faux Stone Panels?

( Save money, easy to install, looks great )

Most of us at some point had to deal with the stress and frustration of purchasing expensive materials, hiring expensive contractors and have little control over the process and the results of a remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product lika a Stone Panel, an affordable product with the support and advice of knowledgeable experts and do the work yourself? What if you then had fun doing it and be so proud of it that you started sending the photos of the finished work to your family and friends? It’s not just a concept, it very possible with our faux stone panels. All you need are some basic carpenter’s tools and to browse through a few pages in our catalog at AnticoElements.com

Our Brick 28" Aspen Plus

What are some of the many benefits of our products? Made in USA. Although some of our designs are inspired by the beautiful and classical styles from around the world, we understand today’s importance in employing American work force. That’s why we proudly make our products in the US! The Look. Purchasing imitation Stones Panels, Dry Stack and, River Rock Panels sometimes means getting a lesser product that looks fake. Sometime so, sometime quite the opposite. Our products are molded from actual rocks, stone, bricks, and coral stone. The products coming out of  the molds reproduce every single detail, of the stone and even the grouting. Most people don’t believe they aren’t real rocks, stones and wood until they tap on them. The tapping or knocking is usually followed by a “oh, wow!”. The colors are applied by hand to further increase the realistic look and avoid pattern repetition when putting panels next to each other. Many competitor’s products are sprayed with one color and simply sponged off.  Not ours! We carefully apply different colors, one by one.

Fireplace design

Fireplace design - Laguna Line

Cost Saving. Why pay more for a hand-made stone materials and labor involved in long installation when you can pay less for another quality product? This building material is made of high quality, high-density polyurethane and it is available at a fraction of the cost of other materials and other vendors. You can let people admire your work without having to tell them how much you have saved. We provide an additional saving by removing middle men and passing the savings to the customer.  Compare our photos and samples with those from other companies to realize that our prices are lower and our quality superior. Don’t forget, we always have products on sale.

Faux Stone Skirting

Romana Stone for skirting - Sand

Applications. Our products are designed to withstand outdoor stress tests yet they are beautiful enough to be used as interior decoration. The latest trend designs are going toward natural look stones. They can be used in: Inside and outside homes of all sizes and styles, In restaurants, Bars, Boutiques, Offices, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living rooms Below siding, Landscaping, Pool and spa surrounds. Stone Fireplaces and many other areas.

Alpi Stone Wall Panels

New Romana Almond Color Stone Wall - Almond

Our panels can be installed over most preexisting surfaces. What do you do if you are a home-owner and are not interested in buying a new home yet you like the look of the natural stone elements? Well, give the front of your home a facelift. Perfect for both residential and commercial applications, imitation products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and style. Choose from the different styles and colors to pick the one most suitable for your project.

Alpi Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Laguna Faux Stone Siding Panels For exterior

Stone panels create an everlasting yet modern ambiance and is a perfect architectural and landscaping stone wall material. These materials bridge the gap between exterior and interior areas. You can now recreate an exterior look in an inside space with very little effort.

Stone wall panels in charcoal color

Store Front Laguna Stone - Charcoal

Interlocking feature. Antico Elements’ Stone edges are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They use a system similar to tongue and groove to virtually remove the seam lines you easily notice in other competitor's products. We have spent vast resources to create a system that provides a great look, prevents water from sliding behind the panels and improve the insulation factor.

Interlocking Edges

Interlocking stone edges

Seamless look

Seamless look

Practical and lightweight. Have you ever seen someone install rocks and stone or have you done it yourself? You know how long it takes to lay one stone at a time. Now you can install 8-18 square feet of rocks and stone in one step utilizing our panels.

Fireplace Stone design

Interior Faux Stone design - Alpi Almond

Simple installation. Anyone can install our products. You don’t need to purchase expensive diamond blades or wet saws, mix mortar and learn to lay bricks before you have the power to fully manage your project. All you need are basic carpenter tools, adhesive and the desire to create something beautiful on your own. We provide detailed instruction and in case you need it, great customer support.

Chimney Stone

Comiso Stone Gray Used On Chimney - Outdoor

Flexible. Unlike other manufacturers our panels are not rigid. They can be installed on a bumpy and curved surface without the need to cut single stones in small pieces and compromise the look.

Stone Siding Example


Stone Siding Example With Laguna Beach

Fire rated. Although resistible to high temperatures, all our products are also available in fire rated material for only 10% more.

Stone Backsplash

Laguna Stone Used In Interior Kitchens

Easy to maintain and durable. Contrary to other “natural products” our panels and accessories are constructed with closed-cell polyurethane particles which means that they will not absorb water and there will be no mold or rutting. They can easily be cleaned and washed. They also will not crack and the finish will barely fade in time. They are so durable and impact resistant that you can even drive a car on it without damage.

Fireplace Design

Fireplace design - Coral Stone - Natural

Benefits of accessories. Although our panels can be cut, mitered and sanded to meet around corners, we offer an easier and cleaner solution. We provide matching accessories like:  Outside Corners, Ledges and Sills. We also have:

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps and Column Sleeves

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps

Faux Stacked Stone Post Wraps - Sand

Stone Columns, Caps, Trim, Moldings, Wall caps, Keystones and many architectural elements. Panels for Chimneys.

Outdoor Stone Veneer

Outdoor Stone veneer - Laguna Beach

For details on all our products please visit our online catalog at www.AnticoElements.com For answers on the most frequent questions please take a look at our FAQ Page.