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Outdoor Performance Of Faux Brick And Stone

Posted on December 9, 2020
Mitered Brick For Skirting

Many installers and contactors often ask if it is wise to switch from using real brick and stone to faux brick and faux stone.

The first thing we do is understand if they are aware that real stone is not what they are considering. Real stone is really expensive. What most people see on the market is not real stone but cast concreted, molded in the shape of stone blocks.

This alone is usually an eye-opener.
The next important conversation is about the performance of real brick and stone in outdoor conditions.

We explain that most people have come to accept the fact that “real products” can deteriorate, crack, and separate under the stress of humidity, rain, and temperature fluctuations. These are considered “normal” in the construction world.

Real Brick That Cracks And Separates

What may do not know is that some products made in resins, like polyurethane, do not have these issues.

The versatility of real brick is also an issue.
In many installations, the bricks need to be cut at 45 degrees to create a return or a mitered corner and save time in the installation process. When mitering materials like brick, it is very difficult to keep the various parts glued together. Usually, these separate because the level of adhesion is poor with these products.

Mitered Brick Separated

With faux polyurethane materials, you will have a great bond within the parts and can also use caulking for a successful blending of the parts and texture.

Mitered Brick For Skirting

Polyurethane faux sheets are also somewhat flexible and can be easily machined. You can miter-cut a panel on a table saw without chipping the material. These products can be easily shaped and cut with any carpenter’s tools and do not require wet saws.

Flexibility Of Faux Brick Panels

You Can Create A Beautiful Faux Stone Column.

Posted on November 18, 2019

Even with the great advantages the internet provides, today there are homeowners and business owners who want to create a faux stone column and post wrap accent but do not know the different product options.
We often see some projects that puzzle us.
Why create this:

Concrete blocks to mimic the look of stone

When you can create this with the same amount of money? :

Realistic faux stone wraps

Some of these post wraps you see on the market are simply made of blocks of concrete. Once you cut them to turn around corners you can’t really make them look life-like. They will always look fake.
They are also extremely time-consuming.
Yes, you may save a few dollars in the beginning, but you end up paying a lot more for the preparation – must first build a box around the metal post – and more for maintenance in the long run.
Also, take a look at the gaps and the many small pieces of concrete stones needed to make the four sides meet:

Cast stone is difficult to cut and make ends meet.

You can do much better than this.

We have just added two new size post wraps that easily address most size columns needed. 15” wide and 36” wide. You may also choose between 36” or 72” high. If needed, you may stack one on top of the other to reach higher elevations.

With polyurethane column wraps you just snap the four panels together, glue them and use a few nails or screws and you’re done, for many years.

Easy to assemble. The four panels interlock at the corners.

When it comes to covering the top, there are some very nice options for caps.
You may choose between two main sizes and a combination of solid or split caps with two size opening.
Some projects require covering an existing post that is made of a 6x6 or 4x4 wood pole. You may choose a close cap with each of those openings.
You do not have these options with concrete, cast stone.

Stone caps tor the top of the column wraps.

Brick Wall Construction – The Easy way

Posted on January 21, 2019
Another Completed Job

Deciding to create a brick or stone wall accent is always a great idea.

These improvements will revitalize your room and will make your store stand out from the rest. Most customers walk into stores not only because they like the product on display but also if the room is inviting.
This is why so many retailers and display makers have moved toward faux brick accents. It is a very popular and appealing look.

Now, when it comes to installing the product, you have a choice of going with the difficult or the easy solution. Both look realistic but one can take a long time and the other just a matter of hours to complete.
With real brick you will need to:

  • Prepare the substrate with wall-boards, concrete panels, wire mesh, etc
  • Install each single brick or stone one at a time
  • You will need to use a thin-set to hold them in place
  • Use mortar to close each gap
  • Cut many pieces with a wet saw
  • Clean up a real mess.
Traditional Brick Installation


Let’s also not forget that the vast majority of store and home owners do not know how to use real brick nor they feel like learning such a laborious process.
The cost for an average brick layer or mason is out of most people’s reach.

Brick Installation With Mortar


Why would you do that anyway? Have you looked into faux brick products?
These products are installed like a jigsaw puzzle. Anyone can do it with just basic tools.
You can also order very convenient accessories like interlocking corners and ledge trim.

Fau Brick Corners


It is as easy as it looks. You just start from one side of the wall and keep adding panels and corners with adhesive tubes and nails or screws.

Interlocking Panles


We have very detailed instructions that can guide you step by step if you have any doubt or question.
The end results will amaze you. Take a look.

Another Completed Job
Finished Faux Brick Paneling Job


In case you have outlets, wall fixtures and lighting you may also use the outlet trim. This accessory will allow you to move your existing fixtures forward, at the same level as the panels, and put your plates back on them.

Outlet Brick Trim
Outlet And Switch Brick Trim Installed

It’s as easy as it can be.

Real Stone And Brick Or Faux

Posted on June 7, 2018

Very often our great followers, clients, and supporters ask us what the differences are between “real” stone or brick and the faux versions.

Often, they include in the question a phrase like “how does your product compare to real stone and brick prices?”.
The first thing we bring up is the difference between real and cast. Many of them are not aware of the difference between a stone that has been extracted from a quarry and a stone that has been cast with the use of concrete or even gypsum.

This is an essential distinction because the real stone is not affordable but cast stone is priced based on the durability and look.

We have always had one goal in mind, provide a great product at a great price.

Our brick and stone panels always look realistic because we start by creating molds from real products. For example, in the image below you can see how we order real Chicago style reclaimed brick from demolished buildings.
The parts that come out of our molds reproduce every detail of the original material.

Reclaimed-Brick

Reclaimed-Brick

Many companies only resell products and some simply take some of ours and copy them, creating a second or third-generation product. It shows!
We manufacture our products in-house, so we control the quality.

There are also other products used to compare to ours.
Wall Paper
Vinyl Sheets
Printed Or Press Cardboard

We want to remind our followers of how they look:

Concrete Blocks

Concrete Blocks

Printed-Stone

Printed-Stone

Once we make our initial educational speech our customers feel a lot more informed and comfortable in making a decision.

It is also true that many of them call us or come to our showroom with a smile on their faces and then say:” do you know how long we’ve been looking for a product like yours?? ”.

For those who need a realistic-looking brick or stone accent, at an affordable price point, we are here to answer any question.

When Faux Brick And Stone Panels Are Made With Quality.

Posted on January 10, 2018

It is safe to say that during every project, whether it for residential or commercial, the installer appreciates the quality of the product and the ease of use.

At Antico Elements we never lose track of what is important to the installers and designs.
The last thing an installer needs is an issue with the quality of brick panels or how hard they are to install. Back when real brick and stone were the only options, the mason would just be used to the time it took to create a wall. Today, after testing and appreciating the value of faux brick paneling, most installers will not go back and use real brick.

Let's say you need to design and create a TV show's set and background. Let's also imagine that you need a light-weight set that can be moved to make room for the next show. You really can't use real stone (or cast stone) or real brick. In the video below from our great supporters within the Dude Perfect team, you can see how real materials would never work in that set.
(you can see our product at 0:25 minutes)

You could also use some pressed board or vinyl panels but, the quality is clearly not up to par with polyurethane molded panels.

We do all the work for you.
The molds are created from a real brick panel. This original panel is made of real reclaimed bricks from a demolished building so the molds that result from it will reproduce an exact replica of the original.
If you add the way we paint each brick one by one, by hand, you really can't compare the quality to any other faux product.

White brick panel used in the set above

The white brick panel used in the set above

Let's not forget about maintenance and removal.
Real brick is porous and it will absorb any stain. With acrylic-painted imitation panels, the wall will be waterproof and super easy to clean.
In many cases, these sets or trade show booths are taken down and reused somewhere else. If you install the panels with screws, you can easily take them down and reuse them many times.

We have perfected the custom products manufacturing so, if you have a specific color and texture in mind, we can easily create a new product. You may click HERE to use our contact page.

Thank you!

Holidays Discounts With Clearance Items And Items In Stock At A Reduced Price.

Posted on December 19, 2017

We want to thank our great customers by offering some end-of-year discounts.

Until Dec 31, 2017, you will see THIS page showing our clearance items. We are also offering products in stock at a reduced price, even being on sale already.

Please don't hesitate to call us with any question - 305-602-0300

Happy Holidays!!

2017 Holidays Sale

2017 Holidays Sale

How To Build An Interior Fake Brick Wall

Posted on June 5, 2015

Raise your hand if you wouldn’t love to replace your plain drywall with a beautiful imitation or real brick wall!
The choice for drywall for interior walls is clearly not based on visual appeal but an economical “shortcut”. It’s up to the homeowner or business manager to create an upgrade.

One of the most beautiful, therefore very popular, is the look of an antique faux brick wall.

Another look we see often is the reclaimed or Chicago style brick. This looks like a distressed material, which has gone through the beautification caused by time and various remodeling phases.

Reclaimed Brick Look

Reclaimed Brick Look

Brick doesn’t naturally look like that unless you purchase already distressed brick faux or real and in the form of panels or single brick.

If you decided to give that much-needed facelift to your wall, you can create a fake brick wall in different ways. You either use full or thin brick and embark on the laborious process of installing and maintaining them or use a simpler method. For obvious reasons, we will show you here how to install the panels of fake brick.

In some cases you will have the wall without the drywall on it – and that’s a big saving already since brick paneling doesn’t require drywall – or a finished wall.

The beauty of these tiles of pre-made brick is that they install virtually on any substrate. In the case of bare wood studs, all it's needed is the lining up of the joints between two panels on top of the studs. Because in most cases these sheets are not at 12 or 16-inch center-stud you may have to add a few more here and there. To view a diagram and measurements of one of these panels you may click HERE. You will most likely have at least one stud fall behind the middle of a panel, and that’s a good thing.

Once the work is done nobody will know if you have drywall or not behind your faux brick wall.

Wood Skeleton

Wood Skeleton

Now let’s see how you can install the faux brick on a drywall surface and more general details on installation.

In most cases, the starting point will need a straight vertical edge. For this reason, you will need to cut the protruding bricks on the left side.
All you do now is apply some construction adhesive in the back of the sheet and apply screws, nails or long staples.

Once you have completed the first line of tiles you will need to start the second one and the rest of them, until you have reached the ceiling. A great idea would be to start the odd rows with half panels so that the joints between them will not line up and create a more natural look.

In some cases, you would want to wrap around a corner with the same material. This is another advantage of using panels. All you do is cut the panel at 45 degrees where it reaches the corner and then cut the other half at 45 again to match the left piece. This way you can avoid buying corner pieces, which are usually available.

When you are done with the panel you may need to use some caulking and the paint kit to hide some small gaps but that is usually all!

We always suggest running some numbers between the cost of labor to use heavy brick and panels.

Backyard Makeover

Posted on July 3, 2014

DSCN0407Summer is just around the corner! It is that time to break out the BBQ and prepare the pools for fun gatherings with family and friends. So, what are some great ways to get your backyard summer ready? Manicured lawns, shrubs, and borders are a given, but what about the added personality? Some ideas include planters filled with a beautiful array of flowers, an inviting fire pit, or even an exotic decorative waterfall for your pool area.

A variety of colors are sure to catch the eyes of your guests.

A variety of colors are sure to catch the eyes of your guests.

FLOWERS
Summer is all about colors! Most back yards have the same beautiful greenery every year. Although the green is great, beautiful colors can be a fun way to give personality to your yard. Using planters is a great way to create patterns or rows of lively colors in any area of your choice. Choose a spot that will surely catch the eyes of your guests and use flowers that are summer favorites, such as; Goblin Blanket Flower, Red Valerians, Moonbeam Threaded Coreopsis, Pink Jewel Daisy Fleabane, and Hidcote English Lavander.

Friends and family gatherings can be enjoyed around a firepit.

Friends and family gatherings can be enjoyed around a firepit.

FIRE PIT
For those evenings of sitting under the clear sky, roasting marshmallows with the kids or sipping on some wine with friends, a perfect addition would be a fire pit. Sitting around with the people you enjoy spending time with, a fire pit is sure to add a level of beauty and warmth to those special moments. With a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from you are sure to find a perfect fit for the personality you have in mind for your back yard.

WATERFALL
When it comes time to take a dip in your pool, you will surely want to add a touch of serenity with a corner waterfall. Add a touch of relaxation and paradise to your pool for everyone to enjoy. After all, who doesn't like the idea of escaping into another world while relaxing in the water enjoying the hot sun on your skin and the sound of the gentle stream?

Waterfalls can create a feel of paradise to any pool.

Waterfalls can create a feel of paradise to any pool.

Now, these are just a few ideas, but there are limitless ways to personalize your back yard. Create an environment that not only serves your family BBQs, and fun playtime with your children but also has the ability to be a personal relaxing getaway experience or a classy environment for a social gathering right outside your very own home.

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.

Installing Faux Stone Panels Made Easy

Posted on January 8, 2014

Installing Faux Stone

Faux Stone is easy and fun to work with, but there are a couple of tools and tips that will make the project easier. The first thing to remember is to have all the tools you will need. Below you will find a list of the simple tools that will help you finish your project.

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Hand saw (a table saw, miter saw or jigsaw can be used if available.)
• Nails or screws (exterior grade if used outdoor and masonry screws for brick, concrete, etc.)
• Nail set
• Hammer (or screwdriver/drill if using screws)
• Level
• Framing square
• Chalk line
• Construction adhesive, E.G: Liquid Nails, PL, etc.
• Safety Glasses

After gathering all your tools take your time to temporarily place the panels around the area which you plan to cover. This will give you a good idea of which ones you have to cut. Preparation is essential to ensuring short project time as well as a professional look.

The second tip to remember is to start with the corners first. If you are using our corners temporarily place them in using nails and no adhesive. This will give you a picture of what the room will look like. Make sure that everything is perpendicular to the floor. Remember to avoid using too much adhesive for the corners.

Last but not least is the third recommendation. Place the panels from left to right. This is the correct way to place them. It isn’t necessary to cut the panels before you place them. You will cut them as you go along which guarantees you make the right cut to the right panels. If you cut the panels before actually putting them in place then the order of the panels can be messed up and you won’t get a professional look. As you see below they are quite light and easy to place.

Installing Panels

Installing Panels

In this section, you can see what happens when it is not applied properly which is why it is so important to remember to use the correct installation procedures which can give you the best outcome. This project is easy to set up when you plan out where the ends of each panel will go. This could have been avoided if the same panels had been used.

Bad stone panels application

Bad stone panels application

Enjoy your newly remodeled house. Take pride in the fact that you did it all on your own and that you saved money on a hard project that imitation stone panels made easy. Using polyurethane product also ensures a great finish for the project.

The installation may seem tricky at first, but anybody can do it. The truth is that it is easier to use than most televisions. The only way people make mistakes is because they don't read or follow instructions properly.

Any stone or brick project is made possible with polyurethane panels. In fact, it is better to use because it avoids all the drawbacks that are associated with natural stone.