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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 remodeling or a home & garden project. Imagine if you had in your had a product like 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 the 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 the American workforce. 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. Sometimes so, sometimes 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 an “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 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 middlemen 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

Laguna Stone for skirting - Cappuccino

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 stone products allow you to combine very affordable alternatives and styles. 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 are 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

StoreFront 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 improves 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.

Installation Instructions For Interlocking Faux Stone Panels

Posted on September 23, 2009

These instructions apply to our Laguna, Alpi, Romana, Comiso, Castello and Corallo panels.

 

 

 


Antico Elements
` Stone Panels are designed to interlock on all sides to create a seamless look. They are designed for Indoor and Outdoor uses. Even though the installation is very simple, make sure to read the instructions in order to avoid problems and gaps.

Installation Animation

Animation

Before installations:
Always try to keep the panels leveled. The walls should be dry and free of dust. We strongly suggest the use of the fasteners and plenty of adhesive where the panels and lips overlap.
Important: When using the product outdoor make sure to store the panels in a cool area before installing them. If they are left in a hot place it may cause a small degree of shrinkage when the temperature outside drops.

Tools needed: ( same as wood cutting tools )

• Measuring tape and pencil
• Table saw, circular saw, miter saw,  jigsaw, etc. You can use any blade designed for wood. Our material is very friendly.
• 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

Our products can be installed indoor and outdoor, directly over framing, drywall, brick or concrete.
-For indoor all you need is adhesive and wood screws.
-For outdoor you might need an outdoor-grade adhesive and galvanized screws. Some caulking may be needed.
-For brick, concrete, cinder blocks, and similar substrates, you will need masonry screws, like "Tapcons".


Installing parts:
Please note that the inside corners are no longer available.
It is always a good idea to temporarily layout the panels around the project to plan which / how panels will be cut and which will not.

If you plan to use our corners, start by installing them TEMPORARILY before the panels making sure they are perpendicular to the floor. For now just use a couple of nails, to hold them in place, and NO adhesive.

Position first panel

Position The First Panel

We recommend that you install the panels from left to right (for the Laguna panels it would be right to left). For better results mark some horizontal chalk lines on the wall to keep your panels leveled.
Position the panels so that the horizontal 3/4" high lip is at the top and the horizontal notch, located in the back of the panels, at the bottom.
The left side of the first panel ( the one with the open lips) should be trimmed, removing the fingers and creating a straight edge. Apply a few lines of adhesive in the back and where the panels overlap / interlock with each other and fasten the panel to the wall using screws or nails. We suggest using at least 8-10 screws per panel.

First Row

Install The First Row Of Panels

Continue with the rest of the panels of the first row. Trim the right end of the last panel (for the Laguna it would be the left end) to fit against the wall corner. It is always better to mark your dimensions in the back of the panels.

Multiple rows

Proceed With The Next Rows

If installing multiple rows of panels, we strongly advise to cut the first panel of the next row in half and use the half with the straight lip. This is needed to stagger the vertical seams. ( This doesn't apply for Castello and Corallo Panels )

All rows

Complete All The Rows

Continue until all the rows of panels have been installed in a straight line.

Mark the height of the corner at the same level as the top stone of the panel, not the top lip (see photo below).
Remove the corner and cut it to that mark. Apply some adhesive in the back of the corner and secure it back in place.

Cutting The Corner

Cut The Corner's Heigth To Size

If you are not using our corners but you are mitering the ends of the panels to create a corner, please refer to the How To Create A Mitered Corner instructions.
If you plan to use our INTERLOCKING Outside Corners please refer to the related instructions at the bottom of this page. These interlocking corners are very convenient but not required.

Second Wall

Install The Next Wall Of Panels

Install the rest of the panels on the opposite side of the corner the same way you did above.

Installing Top Sills

Installing The Top Sills

Install the Top Sills in the correct direction making sure to locate the unfinished edge and placing it against the wall. The bottom front edge should be the finished one. If the sill isn`t touching the wall it should be turned around. To create a better seam between two sill pieces, the sills should be mitered where they meet at the corners.

In most cases caulking the seams shouldn`t be needed but you can apply any exterior grade caulk and use our Touch-Up Kit to match the stone colors.

End Of Installation

Enjoy The Great And Very Realistic Stone Look

The great and rewarding finished look

How to treat exposed edges.
In some cases the panels may need to be cut before they reach another wall or a corner, therefore the raw material becomes exposed.
In these scenarios you have a few options:

1- Use our Trim Sill as a trim to cover the edges
2- Shape the exposed edge and touch them up
3- Create a return with the panels itself

1- Our trim sill is the easiest way to cover exposed edges. Simply cut the panel straight and install the Trim. If you are using the trim around a firebox, a door or a walkway, you should install the Trim first then cut the panels to size in order to butt against the trim.

Use trim as cap

Use our Trim Sill to cap edges

2- Some customers sand and file the cut edges and shape them to look like the ends of real stone. They apply some textured caulk and paint the caulking with our Touch-Up kits.

Touching up the edges

Smooth out the edges and paint them.

3- One of the nicest ways to cap the edges, but it requires some expertise with tables saws, is creating a "return". Please refer to our "How to create a return" installation page. Given the thickness and uneven texture of the product, the return strip might break in a piece of two but they can be put back together at the end of the panel. We believe it's still worth going through this process rather than using the second method ( using the touch-up kit). Some people though don't have a table saw available. See the image below as an example.

Creating a return

Creating A Return


How to use our Interlocking Outside Corners.

We also have Interlocking Corners that can be used in place of the straight Outside corners. These new corners interlock on both sides with our panels. A very nice accessory.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Temporarily Install The First Corner

Temporarily place the first corner with one screw ( you might need to remove it later if you install a panel on the left side ). The above image shows the 36" high Interlocking Corner but we also have the 24".  The top of the corner has the 3/4" high lip, the bottom has a notch in the back.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Install The Panels From Left To Right

Most stone panels should be installed from left to right. The Laguna panels and River Rock Panels are installed right to left.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Install Panels Until Reaching The Next Corner

If your project consists of multiple corners, continue installing panels until the next corner is reached. Cut the right side of the last panel flush with the wall corner and temporarily hold it in place with one screw.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Create The "Fingers" On The Last Panel

Now place the corner over the last panel and, with a marker, trace the "fingers" of the corner over the panel.
Using a jigsaw create the fingers on the panel to match those of the corner. Some filing and sanding will be necessary to create a snug fit. Try to cut on or inside the marked lines to avoid gaps. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the flat "lip" on the panel or corner that is not getting cut, to create a flat and even seam.

Installing Our Interlocking Corners

Now you may install the corner and continue the installation of the next wall. If no corner is used to the right side of the wall, you may use our Trim Sill to end the installation.
Some caulking may be needed to make the joint between panels and corners more seamless. We offer Touch-Up Kits if you wish to paint the caulking to completely match the color of the panels.

Installing Panels Over Concrete Or Cinder Blocks

We suggest two ways of installing panels over concrete and cinder blocks.
The easiest way to install them is to use a construction adhesive and a power nail gun.

There are different guns to use on concrete. Some use a battery and a small can of gas to propel the nails into the panels and concrete. These can be purchased or rented and make the installation quick and easy. You can control how far the nails go.
Another type of gun uses some cartridges that shoot the nails as you hit the top of the gun with a hammer. This is probably the most affordable tool but it is more time-consuming.

Some clients can not obtain nail guns that can penetrate concrete so they use furring strips and install them by pre-drilling the concrete and use masonry screws (brands like Tapcons).

Furring strips:
These are vertical wood strips that are glued and nailed to the concrete/cinder blocks before installing the panels, to simulate a stud framing. These strips should be spaced based on the distance between the joints of the panels. It is always a good idea to have furring strips behind each joint between two panels.
Once these strips are installed, you can easily glue and screw the panels on the strips as you would do in an interior framed wall.

Maintenance:
When our products start to show some accumulated dirt you may easily clean it with water and soap. When choosing a detergent make absolutely sure they are not of a harsh or abrasive nature.
Those materials that contain bleach or any chemical solvent, such as paint thinners, are not recommended.
Using a wet, soft, brush apply some mild detergent such as car wash soap on the panels.
In a circular motion making sure to work the soap in all crevices and grout lines.
Once the water and soap have been applied they can be easily rinsed with water. When outdoor a water hose will work great.
A pressure cleaner may be used as long as the pressure is not high. We also recommend keeping the nozzle at a distance of at least one foot.

UV Protection:
Although the finishes used are specifically designed to be exterior, UV resistant, some fading under harsh sun exposure may occur during the years, just like any other product. If a company promises a lifetime or full and very long warranty on fading, they probably don’t plan to be in business for long. We do plan to serve our customers for a very long time, so we are very honest and upfront.
We strongly suggest applying a UV blocker, clear coat (ours or any other purchased by the customer) to any outdoor material on a regular basis (every 2-3 years). Your local paint store will have a Urethane UV inhibitor paint that can be sprayed or rolled. This will help preserve the beauty of our products.

Feel free to request additions and modifications to these instructions. Send us a comment via email to info(insert @ here)anticoelements.com.
Thanks!