Antico Elements Blog

Choosing the best wall paneling

Posted on September 17, 2021

When dressing up a wall with products like 3D wall panels, imitation brick or stone paneling during a DIY Stone Wall project, we should consider a few variables.

  • The look we want to create.
  • The budget available.
  • The skillset of the installer
  • How much time do we have to work on the project.
  • The level of detail of the finished product (including the visible joints)
  • Realistic look and feel.

One or more of these variables can be shared by multiple products but others are only present on some specific stone wall panels on the market.

Charcoal brick wall decor paneling

For example, if a homeowner wants to look at a wall and feel like he/she has a real brick wall, they need to consider either the very time-consuming brick veneer or faux brick paneling.

Even If the budget is limited, or if money is not an issue, the buyer doesn’t want to feel like throwing money in the wind. They should consider panels that are affordable and quick to install. If a homeowner doesn’t have time to do the work, a handyman won’t charge an arm and a leg to install them.

Installing real brick

Materials like cast stone (small sections of cast concrete), real stone, or 3D wall panels, require e long and detailed work around the joints. In the case of stone and brick, those joints would be many. 3D panels have issues with joints because they are straight and often fall on a part of the panel where the texture is smooth. The joint therefore is always visible. Interlocking stone panels, on the other hand, have uneven/irregular edges so the joints blend very well with the rest of the panels.

Visible Cracks

Those consumers who tried vinyl rolls printed with a stone and brick pattern are always disappointed. For a stone or brick accent, you need a depth of texture to look real. The best ones are those of 3/4” or more. You may also want to consider the way products are manufactured. Imitation stone panels are produced with molds. These molds are created using real brick and stone, therefore the molded parts reproduce the exact look of the original materials. These panels are also hand-painted by real workers, so the faux paint effect is great.

Stone Project With Veneer Panels
How beautiful a corner joint can look.

It really pays off to do some research before embarking on such remodeling projects.

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.