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Brick Wall Panels. An Easy Solution.

Posted on March 23, 2016

Who doesn’t want to add character and style to their home and possibly spending money?

Many of us often see an old looking Chicago brick wall and dream about replicating that old fashion and distressed look. You can easily do it with faux brick wall panels. That would make sense if everyone knew of their existence. The majority of DIYers rely on what they can find at the closest hardware store.
This also means that they are confined to the choice of real brick or pressed cardboard that looks nothing like brick. The other option is to install the real brick; that’s not a job most people want to start, and they don’t.

With a synthetic product like polyurethane you can have it both ways. Install beautiful and realistic panels and save a ton on labor and some on the material itself.

Here’s what you do to install them

  1. You need to decide how many panels will be necessary to measure the square footage and plug it in our Panel Calculator. There are two sizes, 28” and 32” so make sure to select the correct one. The purchasing step the easiest one in the whole process. The shopping cart quickly calculates the shipping and processes payments in the most secure way you can find online.
  2. When the product arrives lay it against the wall to understand where you want each panel to go. This will help you eliminate some cuts and reduce waste.
  3. These faux brick panels are easily screwed and glued in place. Just make sure you install all the panels in a perfectly straight line so that the gaps in between are minimized. You can also use nails or long staples if you wish.

Chicago-Faux-Brick-TanIf necessary install the convenient ledge trim and where you see gaps you can apply some caulk and paint it over with our paint kits that can be ordered as well.

That’s it! You just created that amazing distressed look of faux brick just like you see it on TV!

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Why Use Imitation Brick Panels vs. Natural Brick

Posted on December 29, 2015

Real Brick Vs Faux Brick Wall Panels And Advantages

How do you make the decision of whether or not to use real or fake brick for your masterpiece? Which factors would contribute to that decision when considering both? For some this could be a difficult decision and yet for others it's as simple as taking a look at a few key points. Whether your trying to give a fresh new look to your home, or trying to give it to your business

The look and appeal of brick has attracted many people to that style. The problem is the limitations of natural brick far outweigh the benefits. This problem has been solved by the advent of faux brick products.

Uneven Brick wall

Uneven Brick wall

Take a look at the grout lines in the faux brick wall panels and observe how uneven, rustic and attractive they are. Real brick is extremely difficult and time consuming to repair. It requires a mason and the right brick.

Repairing a cracked brick in a wall consists of many long steps, plus it is very common for brick or stones to chip off and crack since they are extremely porous.

In some cases homeowners complained about excess dust from their brick slowly crumbling and dirtying their floors.  Another problem with natural elements is their porous structure allows for water and mold to get inside it.

Once the water finds a crevice to sit in, the mold develops. In addition, water turns into ice and it can crack the stone or brick leaving an unappealing scar on the once beautiful veneer. This has been accounted for by developers of faux brick wall panels.

Alternative products such as faux brick avoid this problem because they are water and mold resistant. Since the hardened resin of imitation products has a closed cell structure, none of the problems for natural elements listed above can affect the ultimate finished project. This enables it to be one of the most efficient products in the home improvement industry.

Antico White Brick

Antico White Brick

Using natural brick also brings a high transportation cost to the table because of the weight involved along with the labor involved in moving it. Since it is extremely heavy the contractor does charge for transportation costs, which is an extra expense that you have to worry about.

This also limits the kinds of projects that can be completed because the weight can bring down certain walls.

If you put too much weight on drywall, it will most definitely fail under the pressure resulting in a huge mess and the total loss of your wall.

Another  limitation for using real stone or brick is the height you are allowed to build. With polyurethane products, the weight is minimal so you can go as high as you want.

Unfortunately, there are many unseen obstacles and problems that come up with using real brick. The preparation takes a long time. There is also the cost of the labor which can run $30 per square foot. You can double check this in the local masonry guide. Fake brick or faux brick wall panels can help people save a ton of money. You can see how they look here

After the prep work is done then the measurements must be taken and the bricks set down on the mortar.

Each row is time consuming and tedious which adds on a higher labor cost. If I was a restaurant owner and I needed to be opened quickly, this method of construction would drastically slow down the project completion time.

The best alternatives look great and take less than a fraction of the time to complete. So not only is the restaurant owner losing money on labor costs but now losing time that the restaurant could be open. Don't get stuck using vinyl brick because it can not stand up to the test of time.

Antico brick-charcoal

Antico brick-charcoal

Essentially, using real brick would have hurt the project greatly by slowing it down. Different options like the imitation brick panels can greatly increase the speed of construction saving the owner thousands in the long run. Using other alternative brick styles like brick wallpaper or vinyl brick like the one in this picture can ruin a project over time.

Stone Wall Backdrops And Props

Posted on August 17, 2015

One of the things we, as people, like to do is to create a specific atmosphere in the places we live in. This can be created with low-cost products and achieving a certain look or choose quality materials that look realistic. This is also true for those who create a temporary stage for theater or TV.

Stone Used In A TV Show

Stone Used In A TV Show

Creating the right atmosphere is vital for your home, office or stage. A lot of hours are spent to paint an shape the props around a show. The reason for employing such time is that the viewer needs to immerse himself in the program. This helps make the whole experience more memorable and, for commercial uses, to replicate a real living environment.

For those working in these fields, it must be very exciting to be able to create a stone wall without having to really build one.
Imagine having to build a real frame with, wood, cinder blocks or stone just for a theatrical event, a trade show or a commercial.

The exiting thing we always bring up is that when using faux stone panels you can create a very large wall in a matter of hours. You can’t beat the convenience of a large, very realistic stone sheet that can be placed on any wall in a couple of minutes.

The other benefit is the take-down and disassembling of the stone prop and stage. When putting up a trade show booth with stone, brick or any other material the installation time-frame plays a big role in the whole project. We only have a certain amount of time to build and take down our space.

Stone Display Booth At Trade Shows

Panels Of Brick For Display Booth At Trade Shows

Imagine if you had to hire a mason to build an actual wall with real stone and mortar. How about removing it at the end?

The benefits of using imitation stone paneling carry over the reuse of the material.
Once you used the panels once it doesn’t mean they have to be discarded at all. They will be still in perfect conditions to reuse them in a similar application or any other one.
This is an incredibly durable and tough product.

Keep that in mind for your future project. Order samples early so that you can see for yourself.

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 that is surely driving a large portion of this trend is faux stone panels that are 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 they 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 a stone wall, and all other aspects 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.

Create Your Paradise With Ease

Posted on February 20, 2015

Anybody who has thought of opening a business started with a dream. That dream has very specific designs and creativity associated with its inception. Building that dream can turn into a nightmare if the right materials and design methods aren't used.

There are many examples of businesses that spend a long time in the construction phase and lose money and time due to delays. Other examples show a rushed job that doesn't come out looking the way it was projected. Sometimes it comes out looking very unsuitable and unappealing due to the wrong materials or colors being used. There should be no delay in creating that paradise with all of your ideas intact. Polyurethane architectural elements enable people to create their vision without being tied down by the constraints of regular masonry.

There are many new additions and advancements that have been made in the industry of polyurethane products.

Building an inviting room or business is all about presentation. If it is a restaurant it may need low lighting or a cozy environment.

Creating the perfect mood is easy when you have the freedom and resources to make your dream come true. Utilizing the right interior design can help boost business or resale value on a home.

Relaxing Spa Setting

Relaxing Spa Setting

For example, there is a spa in downtown Miami that is known for making people feel like royalty when they step inside because of the interior design.

The beautiful columns and the flowing corbels that held modern looking light torches made the spa look like a very luxurious retreat.

They kept the relaxing music in perfect combination with color and smell. They created the ambiance for a soothing experience. Winning over the customer starts with sight because pleasing the eyes is the first step in keeping a customer.

A Winning Design

Creating a great atmosphere is very important for most businesses in order to be successful. Making the client feel special and well taken care of is a priceless advantage. The ability to make people feel welcome or make them feel cozy is the best marketing tool ever used. Imagine walking into a gym where the pool is surrounded by beautiful columns and the coral stone walls and corbels which create a luxurious ambiance that rivaled that of the roman baths.

The serene environment is not just created with relaxing music or exotic smells, but great interior design as well. The right design can include adding caps like a deco capital for the top of a column or intricately carved corbels that show off gargoyles or angels. The polyurethane is hardened into an exact representation of a variety of stone pieces that can revolutionize the way a room looks.

The goal of any design is to instill a welcoming feeling for the patrons or homeowners. Design can play a big role in the development of a business.

Using our coral stone balusters and corbels can accent the room like never before. It makes a big difference in the impression it gives to other people because of the design. They will create a wonderful ambiance. There is a long list of different elements that we replicate to perfection, but the major point here is that any project is possible in polyurethane.

Prevent Floods In Your Neighborhood.

Posted on October 6, 2014

Today we want to talk about something a bit different from our usual topic but equally important to homeowners and builders.

Preventing flooding in your neighborhood is a great way to reduce insurance costs and damage to homes.

Drainage is not a thought on the forefront of most people's mind; therefore fixing the problem before it starts is difficult. The following article dives into a great method for reducing floods.

Rain Garden

Rain Garden

Drainage can be an expensive issue for many neighborhoods that use a lot of parking space and concrete driveways. Sewers can only drain so much at any given time. The best form of drainage is the natural kind. Trees and shrubs can help the ground absorb the water in a productive manner.

Using a different array of plants can help make your front lawn ready for heavy rains. The plants also make your lawn look more spacious. By building a rain garden you can help prevent the neighborhood from getting flooded in the future because it will catch a majority of the water. Storm water can harm the ground because of all the toxic elements it carries.

There are many benefits for building rain gardens that help the rest of the Eco-system. Rain gardens can help the Eco-system by preventing storm run-off from entering the local water table. The gardens purify the water of any other toxins that could affect the water table.

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Designing A Rain Garden

Rain gardens are simple to make and can be done almost anywhere. All that is needed to start is some good permeable soil. The best way to make a successful rain garden is by finding the right location. It should be located in a downward sloping area.

Essentially, find a low spot that usually catches the most water after rains and snow melts. The garden should have stone or blocks set up around the perimeter to help prevent the soil from eroding. Once you have set up a strong perimeter, add a generous amount of thick soil and start planting.

Use the following plants as a guideline and not a narrow choice criteria: Maidenhair Fern, Serviceberry / Shadbush, Indigo Bush, Red Chokeberry, Wild Ginger / Canadian Wildginger, Lady Fern. Those are just some of the plants that will help make your rain garden become a successful preventive tool against flooding.

The best way to ensure success of the garden itself is by gathering the correct plants and historical rain flow characteristics. The geography and slope of the land is one of the most important. Once you have adhered to all of these rules then you will have certainly helped prevent future floods.

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 in 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 to 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 of 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 rallying 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.

The Benefits Of Doing-It-Yourself

Posted on June 19, 2014
DIY

DIY

Explore the rewards of doing projects yourself and start projects as soon as right now!

These days with the busy schedules consisting of work, family, and the everyday repetitive tasks, sometimes the highlight of our week is getting to spend our hard-earned money. We take our time looking for something that "defines" us. That perfect rug, that spacious bookcase, that beautiful painting that captures your character in the form of art. Then there are those pesky things we need to deal with in the process. Those things that can interrupt our escape from our own lives and bring us back into the reality that is the world around us. We have this need to have things that when we come into our space, we can rest comfortably in an environment that understands us. This, right here, is where do it yourself projects make their grand appearance into our world. To create things that even if not perfect, are closer to who we are than whatever can be purchased, simply because, well, because we created it. It was conceived in our own thoughts and born through the work of our own hands.

You might not feel that you are capable of such creativity. However, half the fun is that it does not have to be absolutely perfect. The slight imperfections that occur are what make it custom, unique, it makes it more personal to you. The idea is just to start. Once you have completed your

first project, you may just become addicted to the concept. Your eyes will be opened and suddenly just about anything and everything you may have need of will be at your very fingertips. It becomes an adventure to create the next, better than the last. To add details that stirred in your mind during the previous project. You welcome the challenges because the rewards are much greater when you have completed something in which you have put your own time and effort.

Not creative? Have no idea where to start? There are plenty of resources out there that can guide you along the way. This project is for YOU! Who better to decide how to custom make something for you, but yourself. Take some time to look through the internet for websites, photos, and videos. There are plenty of sites out there that not only offer examples to look at, but also have step by step instructions. Books are sold on the topic of doing it yourself. The resources and ideas are limitless.

Unique Fireplace

Unique Fireplace

Take that leap into the do it yourself world! Grab a glass of wine, (or tea). Turn up your favorite tunes and unleash the flow of creativity inside you. Build a bookcase, decorate your yard space with beautiful stones, create a unique wall piece or even add a new fresh look to a fireplace. Whatever your heart desires, conceive it, and birth it yourself.

Breathe In, Exhale, And Relax!

Posted on March 18, 2014

Our society today has placed a tremendous importance factor in being successful. The way to accomplish this is by working hard ALL the time. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that; except that, you also need rest and sanity to fuel up your energy tank.

Relaxation with style

Relaxation with style

Picture this – Coming home after a long day at the office, kicking off your shoes, and pouring yourself a glass of wine.  Sounds great right?! Well, why not enjoy that glass of wine while soaking in your bathtub.

Cookie-cutter bathrooms can be the opposite of what you need. Let’s talk about how you can transform your old boring bathroom into a true oasis of peace and relaxation.

Consider getting a few new things for your "new" bathroom. To achieve a different feel for your space; use simple accents like a new shower curtain, photos or window treatments. A curved shower rod, a seemingly small detail, adds a surprising amount of space to your shower. The curved model looks nice and attaches to the wall with screws instead of tension, so you don't need to worry about it being pulled down. Every few months or so, have a cleaning blitz & throw out empty or expired lotion bottles & moisturizers. Getting rid of excess clutter will make your bathroom a more relaxing space.

An effective bathroom layout is designed with space to move around without bumping into things. Opting for wall-hung units can make the room feel deceptively more spacious than it is. Basins that are built into cupboards are another great idea, as it gives you more storage space & hides away any unsightly pipework.

bathroom backsplash

bathroom backsplash

Adding a backsplash will give your bathroom oasis a nice touch. It’s a good idea to order samples of the products that you are interested in; in the long run, it will save you time and money.

Finishing touches. The fun part is selecting a style that will be pleasing to the eye. Your goal here is to make your bathroom as relaxing as possible.

Your bathroom is not just a place for your daily washing routine; It's more than that. These days we want a sanctuary to soothe our spirits and aid us in relaxation. Leading stressful and busy lives can be overwhelming; and we need to create a space to come home to, where we can relax and unwind. Not all of us can afford trips out to a spa, so creating a tranquil oasis in our own homes is becoming an important part of planning a bathroom.

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 provides 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 homes usually start with the fireplace.

A common misconception about renovating a fireplace is that you have to take down all the preexisting walls and tiles 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 teardown.

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 come 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 of 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 the 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.

The 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.