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How To Make Your Life Easier When Remodeling A Fireplace

Even with the many innovative products sold on the construction and DIY market we still see a lot of people using the so-called real stone. Although appealing, the real stone they refer to is not on the market. What we see is almost always concrete, a mix of cement, pebbles, gypsum and painted over.
The only things they have in common with real stone is the fact that they absorb water and stains and, are hard to cut and install and create a lot of dust in a home when they are cut.

Fireplace Created With Synthetic Stone Parts
Fireplace Created With Synthetic Stone Parts

As you can imagine by the above statement we prefer to talk about other products, those that don’t take shortcuts when created in the factory. The products that are designed to last and that are geared toward the “weekend warrior” rather than the expensive installer.

Stone veneer can be almost any material. Cast stone is also referred to as stone veneer but it’s really just a cast material that is thinner than other products. It is not necessarily cut down to a smaller thickness, in most cases it is cast in those dimensions.

So, the reason why products like these should be friendly to installers is that many homeowners who want to create or remodel a stone wall or a fireplace do not want to learn to be a mason, nor want to create a lot of dust in their house in the process.

Another reason why they don’t want to use materials that absorb water is that they will create outdoor facades so the material has to be resistant to stains, water and freezing temperatures. These qualities are simply not available to “concrete blocks” therefore they look into synthetic materials.

accessories
Accessories

Using stone and brick made of dense resins allows you to have a variety of accessories to make the projects easy to complete. You can find things like:

Inside or Outside corners

Ledge trim

Outlet trim

And more.

Imitation stone veneer
Imitation stone veneer

When creating your own walls a homeowner doesn’t want to buy a wet saw and learn to be cut dusty materials to create corners. Polyurethane accessories are ready to install and if you had to cut them to size you could do so by simply using a jig saw.

Making the shift from heavy products to light ones is actually risk proof. You can order a panel or two or a small sample to see what you will be dealing with. Most companies will take that product back if you are not satisfied.

The remodeling projects are becoming easier and easier to complete. Stay up-to-date with the available options!

The Advantages Of Decorating With Faux Stone.

Nearly half of all Americans use some variety of stone products, such as stacked stone or even brick, to try to improve the atmosphere of their residences. There’s no question that these products are effective in enabling the individual to enjoy some kind of stone wall look; unfortunately they do not offer any long lasting solution or provide the saving that faux stone offers.

Imitation faux stone sheets
Imitation faux stone sheets

Decorating With Faux Stone.

For many decades our culture was used to having a member of the household do most the house work or light construction without having to pay an outside contractor. In-house construction and repairs used to be a very normal skill a household used to have. It was passed from one generation to another.
Today, for many reasons, most homeowners tend to hire a general contractor for various types of construction and even small home improvement projects.

The costs of employing a contractor today are often higher that what homeowners can afford. This is why some companies have come up with faux stone in order to provide a way of bypassing the need to hire external help.
With panels of faux stone a homeowner on a budget or anyone who doesn’t want to deal with costly labor can simply apply the panels on any surface on their own. They can pick the perfect product for their decoration preferences without having to wait for samples or design drawings.

Ordering And Delivery Process.

Another reason why faux stone is taking over cast stone, stone veneer and the cultured type in general is fact that anyone can order the material from the comfort of their desk and avoid paying high shipping costs deriving from the weight of traditional stone, brick and rocks.

Faux stone boards are approximately 9 pounds each and even with very large orders you can see a considerable saving. Some advanced web sites have a panel calculator as well as a shipping preview button. Beware of sites that do not quote you shipping costs. In the past we have found companies that billed their customers once the material was delivered.

Commercial Application Of Faux Stone
Commercial Application

Commercial And Residential Applications.

We have customers who switched from old style stones to faux stone have told us that they have no more interest in using products like cast stone or real rocks again. The ease of installation makes this product incredibly appealing to businesses. The biggest users of faux stone panels are display manufacturers. They love these panels because they help to reduce set up time at trade shows.
When using real stone it is impossible to screw the material in place and remove it when the show is over. This is only possible with high density resins faux boards.

So, the things to keep in mind when trying to make stone installation easy and affordable are these points. Come back often and take a look at our catalog to choose the style and color that goes with your design.

Using Cheap Faux Stone Turns Average Homeowners Into Pros.

Cheap faux imitation panels for fireplaces

Click here to view this beautiful stacked stone panel on sale

Because of the way the economy is today not every homeowner can afford to hire a contractor to remodel a fireplace with stone. These type of projects usually require a moderate or high level of expertise in the masonry area. A typical project can run up to thousands of dollars for just a few square feet of installed stone And it’s not necessarily going to look as rich and real as this detail:

Great imitation stone closeup
Great imitation stone closeup

Often times, an expensive bill can deliver an OK result. We are so used to natural stone that looking into new products can seem a scary path. In most cases this is due to the fact that most homeowners do not have experience with stone veneer panels and have not seen what imitation stone can do. Luckily for them there are sites that show how these types of cheap stone and brick can deliver outstanding results with a low budget.

Example of imitation faux boards of stone applied to a fireplace remodeling
Example of imitation faux boards of stone applied to a fireplace remodeling

This homeowner was able to quickly remodel his fireplace without having to learn to be a mason. Just your typical woodworking tools, those found in any household can deliver such stunning result. There a style and color for anyone, so explore the possibility to renovate your home in a few hours.