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What House Flippers Need To know

Flipping houses has proven to be a very lucrative smart practice.

Usually he investors will take it upon themselves to renovate the house, doing as much work as they can in order to save on labor cost and to have control over the whole process. Renovating the house is just the first step of turning it into a unique and beautiful home. The second step is putting it on the market and get that big sale that enables the business to flourish.

Home Remodeled With Stone
Home Remodeled With Stone

A vast number of businesses that flip houses now utilize the faux stone panels and columns or faux brick panels that accentuate everything from the backyard to the kitchen. The return on the investment is beyond what many people may expect.

Creating a unique style and great atmosphere sells the house faster and at a better price then regular boring houses that just look like they fixed the essentials. Creating that exposed brick look at a fraction of the price and time can rapidly increase the speed of which they finish the house and turn it into am appealing masterpiece.

This is thanks, in part, to faux stone panels because they are easy to install and do not require any extensive training. They give the house a great facelift and can easily turn the house into the envy of the neighborhood. By adding the panels the house flippers are giving them a great selling point because not only does the incredibly realistic look of stone entice people but it also adds some functional characteristics and can help offer the home at a more affordable price.

The Material That Provides Insulation
MItered Faux Stone Panels

The panels provide an additional insulation at a rating of approximately R-5. So, not only do they add a great quality to the house, but they add a functional piece to it. The panels do not require expensive installation equipment like wet saws. In addition, the businesses that flip houses can avoid using an expensive contractor which usually inflates the price. Who wouldn’t consider a house over another is the energy cost is reduced?

Altogether, faux stone and brick panels have come a long way since the original imitation stone panels. Our panels and accessories utilize the most advanced painting procedure possible. The realistic quality draws in people’s eyes and steals their hearts by turning a plain house into a beautiful one. People who flip houses are always looking for cost effective ways to make their next investment a success. Our faux stone or veneer is the best way to help you achieve this goal.

Stone Post Accents
Stone Post Accents

By customizing the home after a much needed renovation this will not only look great but have a special feature that separate from the rest of the houses home buyers are checking out. This will give that added incentive to buyers and that’s why it helps make house flippers a lot of money.

Veneer Panel Science Saves Money for Homeowner

Science is an asset that always helps people in the long and short term. In this case scientific breakthroughs have made polyurethane into the saving grace for homeowners and business owners who want to remodel their place. Polyurethane can be made with a simple process by combining two chemical groups leading to a very versatile chemical which is then heated and hardened into a strong resin. This chemical compound has been used to create a plethora of different products. In fact it is used in hundreds of different products that we see everyday. It is fairly cheap to produce and can take any size or shape that the mold comes in.

faux stone siding on fire pit
faux stone siding on fire pit
faux stone bar
faux stone bar

The difference between imitation and real products is in the installation material cost, time, and labor price. The consistency of the pattern is better with stone veneer because you are avoiding the use of mortar and grout which has variations.

The veneer panels create a flowing and even design where as certain natural elements can be mismatched and uneven due to poor grout placement. Sometimes the real thing is just too problematic because it has so many setbacks.

The great thing about using faux stone and imitation products is that there is no way you could have a stone falling out of line or grout that was mixed incorrectly leading to runoff which in turn skews the pattern.

 

 

Science Saves The Day

Another great scientific advantage is the closed cell structure that allows faux stone products to become waterproof and UV proof. When polyurethane products become hardened in the oven the foam closes up its cells. This enables the product to be placed outside or inside in any climate. The polyurethane process does not take too long either because the molds hold the design that is needed it is simply a matter of pressing the resin together and going on from there. Most design problems can be taken care of with this product because of its flexibility.

Making the right decision for your home or business is important. Building up the area in which you choose to remodel is a tedious and special process. When most people hear of a new method which is an evolution of a traditional one they seem skeptical at first. Fortunately, when people use faux products they always love the end result and appreciate the great look it brings to their project without the hassle and mess of having a masonry workshop building stone pieces in their home or business.

 

Quick Installation Of Faux Stone Panels – DIY Stone.

Quick Installation Of Faux Stone Panels – DIY Stone.

If you own or rent a home you have probably experienced the stress involved with dealing with contractors. Some tenants try to build a decorative stone wall on their own because they cannot justify the cost of hiring a contractor when they do not own the unit. This usually adds to the overall frustration of the homeowner or tenant.

Stress related to real stone installation
Stress related to real stone installation

The DIY option is rapidly growing thanks to the fact that natural stone is not the only solution available when we need to create a stone wall. When using products faux stone panels or even cast stone the entire project becomes quite simple AND more affordable overall.

So, let’s safely assume that the average homeowner does not want to deal with mixing cements, cut and fit stone by stone or even brick, and even less worry about grouts between each block.

How real stone is installed
How real stone is installed

Materials like cultured stone or faux stone panels have been developed with the average “Joe” in mind. Who can’t use adhesives and screws in this DIY age?
That’s right; this is all you need to install faux stone panels. Let’s take a look at the steps required to install them.

Precautions – Keep in mind that you will need to use some carpentry tools. If you are not familiar with these tools please use caution.Tools Required:

  • Protection goggles
  • Circular saw or any saw available
  • Screws or nails and a tool to drive them
  • Some building glues for the panels
  • If installing outdoor, make sure to use galvanized screws

Preparing the walls:

  • Unlike real stone or the cultured type these fake panels do not need a concrete board or metal wiring. You can glue and nail the panels in place.
  • Make sure you have a solid surface on which to affix the faux stone panels. This can be drywall, concrete or even directly on the wood framing.

How to use the panels:

Stone 1
Stone 1
Stone 2
Stone 2
Stone 3
Stone 3

 

Most faux stone panels are designed and developed to remove most of the work from the users’ hands. These panels slide into with each other with the help of the interlocking edges that create a nice uniform look. In order to achieve this you will need to follow a straight line along which you can install the parts.

  • Start by laying your panels on the floor and see how many you need per row.
  • You will need to complete the first row before going to the next
  • Remove the joints on one side of the first panel and start your installation in the opposite direction.
  • Apply the glue in the rear, flat part of the panels and on the lips that will hold the next piece.
  • Secure the panel with some screws in the middle, by trying to hide them below the stones.
  • After the next panel is applied you can then drive the fasteners where the lips are.
  • When cutting a piece, you will need to mark and cut from the back side to avoid scratching the front surface and avoid “chipping”.
  • The ideal tool is the table saw but most tenants will not have one. In this case a skill saw will work just fine.
  • At the corners you can use pre made parts that blend into the panels perfectly to make the process even easier.

The manufacturers recommend not using caulking on the joint since the product is designed to interlock without visible gaps. Make sure to always follow an initial straight line.

As you can see, stone walls can be now created without real stone or contractor. Enjoy!