Things You Should Know About Real Wood Ceiling Beams

The collection of faux wood beams at Volterra Architectural Products are a fantastic way to add some character to your home without breaking the bank. However, we understand that some people prefer the look and feel of real wood beams in their ceilings. That’s why we also offer real wood ceiling beams, too.

Our collection of natural wood beams are available in various sizes and styles to fit your project’s needs. However, before you purchase and install real wood beams in your home, there are a few things you should know.

They Are Not Solid

Although they are manufactured to look like a solid piece of wood, our real wood beams are actually hollow on the inside. This makes them much lighter than solid wood beams, which is an important consideration during the installation process.

They Are Not Load-Bearing

If you’re looking for beams to support the weight of your home, real wood beams are not the right choice. Because they are box-style and hollow on the inside, they are not structurally sound enough to support a home’s weight. These beams should be installed for decorative purposes only.

They Are Manufactured with Edge Grain Seams and Butt Joints

All of our real wood beams are made with edge-grain seams and butt joints. These types of joints are not as strong as mortise and tenon or dovetail joints, so the beams should be handled with care during installation.

Finishes and Sealers Are Available

To help protect your beams and keep them looking their best, we offer a variety of stylish finishes and sealers in three different levels of protection: 15 Sheen, 45 Sheen, and 90 Sheen. These additions will be an extra cost to your project, but they’re worth it to ensure your beams last for years to come.

If you’re considering adding real wood beams to your home, we hope this information has been helpful. Be sure to consult with a professional before installation to ensure the beams are installed properly and safely. Check out our selection of real wood beams today.

The Challenges of Bringing Steel Beams into Your Interior Design

Many homeowners desire the look of steel beams in their homes but don’t want to deal with the challenges that come along with them. Thankfully, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds with faux steel beams from Volterra Architectural Products.

Our faux steel beams are made of lightweight Poplar hardwood and are an easy way to add the modern industrial look of steel I beams without the hassle. Almost always, structural steel beams need to be incorporated in the original build and can’t be added later.  Here are some of the other challenges that come with real steel beams and how faux steel beams from Volterra are the perfect solution.

Weight

One of the challenges that come with steel beams is their weight. This can make installation difficult and time-consuming. A steel support beam can weigh anywhere from six to 100 pounds per linear foot, which means that a 12-foot beam can weigh up to 1200 pounds. This can be a problem for homeowners who don’t have the necessary equipment or experience to install them.

Support

Most residential spaces are not designed to support the weight of steel beams. This means that homeowners need to make structural changes, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Volterra faux steel beams are non-structural, meaning they can be installed without the need for expensive and time-consuming structural changes.

Cost

Another challenge that comes with steel beams is their cost. The price of steel has been on the rise in recent years, which means that steel beams have become more expensive. Plus, the cost of labor to install them and make any necessary structural changes can also be expensive. Because Volterra faux steel beams are made of lightweight Poplar hardwood, they are more affordable and easier to install.

Maintenance

Steel beams are also susceptible to rust and corrosion, which means they require regular maintenance. This can be a problem for homeowners who don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining their steel beams. Volterra faux steel beams are resistant to rust and corrosion, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining them.

Volterra faux steel beams are the perfect way to add the industrial look of steel beams to your home without the challenges that come with them. To learn more about our faux steel beam collection, visit our website or contact us today.

Faux Wood Beams Vs Real Wood Beams: Which is Best for You?

If you’re considering wood beams for your ceiling, you might be wondering whether to go with real wood or faux wood. Both have their own unique benefits that might make them the right choice for your home. In this blog post, we’ll be comparing real wood beams and faux wood beams, so you can decide which is the best option for you.

Price

When it comes to price, real wood beams are typically more expensive than faux wood beams. This is because real wood beams are made from actual lumber, which can be costly. On the other hand, faux wood beams are made from polyurethane, which is a much cheaper material. So if you’re on a budget, faux wood beams might be the better option for you, especially since it’s difficult to tell them apart from the real thing!

Installation

Of course, real wood beams are heavier than their faux counterparts that are made out of high-density foam. This means that real wood beams can be more difficult to install, and you might need the help of a professional. Keep in mind, though, that real wood beams from Volterra are box-style beams, which means they’re hollow on the inside and lighter compared to other real wood beams, making them easier to install.

Appearance

One of the best things about real wood beams is that they can be customized to your liking. You can choose to leave them unfinished for a more rustic look, or you can stain or paint them to match your home’s décor. Faux wood beams also come in a variety of colors and styles, so you’re sure to find something that fits your taste. And because they’re made from polyurethane, they’re much more durable than real wood beams and won’t warp or crack over time.

Maintenance

Real wood beams require more maintenance than faux wood beams. You’ll need to regularly dust and vacuum them, and if they’re unfinished, you’ll need to apply a new coat of stain or paint every few years. Faux wood beams are very low-maintenance since they’re made from polyurethane. All you need to do is dust them occasionally, and they’ll look like new for years to come.

So, which is the better option for you? It really depends on your personal preferences and needs. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, then faux wood beams are probably the way to go. But if you want beams that can be customized to your liking and don’t mind doing a bit of extra maintenance, real wood beams might be the better choice. Whichever you choose, Volterra has a great selection of both real wood beams and faux wood beams to choose from!

How to Make the Most of Your Samples

How to Make the Most of Your Samples

It’s no secret that faux wood beams from Volterra Architectural Products are some of the most realistic and beautiful on the market. No matter which style and finish you choose, our beams will add warmth, character, and an element of luxury to your home.

 

If you’re considering faux wood beams for your next project, we highly recommend ordering samples first. Seeing the product in person is the best way to get a feel for the quality and decide which option is right for you and your space. Below, we’ve compiled four tips to help you make the most of your samples and feel confident in your final decision.

Asses Your Style & Existing Decor

When browsing our beam samples, it’s important to consider your existing style and decor. Do you have a rustic farmhouse feel or more of a modern aesthetic? Are your ceilings high or low? Our beams come in a variety of styles, from a rougher-looking hand-hewn to a sleek and modern Douglas Fir. It’s important to find something that compliments your existing style and makes a statement in your space.

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Dark faux wood beams installed in living area

Select Multiple Samples to Choose From

If you’re feeling undecided or simply can’t decide on the style or finish of your beams, we suggest ordering multiple samples. This way, you can see the beams in person and hold them up to your existing decor to get a better idea of how they’ll look. It’s much easier to make a decision when you can see the beams in your space and compare them side-by-side.

Look at the Beam Samples in Place

Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, it’s time to take a closer look at the samples. If possible, have someone help you by holding the beam samples up in the area they will likely be installed. This will give you a better idea of how they’ll look in your space and help you decide on the perfect style for your home.

Faux wood beams in a commercial space

Think About Lighting 

Finally, it’s important to think about lighting when selecting your beams. Different times of day and types of lighting can drastically change the look of a beam. We recommend taking samples home and holding them up in various light settings, both natural and artificial, to see how they look. This will help you decide if the beam is too light or dark for your space and make sure you’re happy with your final decision.

Once you have samples in hand, it’s much easier to make a decision on which faux wood beams are right for your home. At Volterra, we offer beam samples in our custom faux beams, quick ship beams, faux steel beams, and natural wood planks collections. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect option for your space. Browse our faux wood beam samples today.

What Are Wood Beams Used For?

What Are Wood Beams Used For?

Traditionally used for structural support, wood beams have become a beautiful architectural addition to homes all over the US. Natural wood beams can bring out the character of a home and improve the feel of kitchens, dining, rooms, living rooms, and any other space in your home. At Volterra, we create beautiful wood beams to add character to your home. Here are four architectural elements that natural wood beams can bring into your home. To see how wood beams can improve your home, check out our collections today!

Adding Age

For thousands of years, natural wood beams have been used to provide structural support for mess halls, pubs, castles, and homes among other things. Because of their rich history, wood beams bring a sense of age to any home they are integrated into. Whether natural wood beams spark images of Scottish castles, southern architecture, or a medieval pub, they will inspire thoughts of historical architecture that nothing else does.

They Add Detail

When vaulted or flat ceilings are plain, that space can feel empty and boring. This is the reason people hang things on the wall or install chandeliers. But, natural wood beams can add detail to a plain, boring ceiling that nothing else can. With several different wood options and finishes available, our wood beams will spice up any space that needs a touch of detail to pop. Check out our options today!

Create Distinction

Think about some of the favorite homes that you have visited in the past and the elements of that home that stood out to you. Odds are—if you’ve been to a home with wood beams—those wood beams on the ceiling stood out to you as something you would want to integrate into your own home. Natural wood beams create a distinction in any room they are integrated into and help your home to stand out among others.

Improve a Home’s Storyline

All of the improvements above can be integrated into one large topic—natural wood beams help your home to tell a story. A good story has the three things listed above. With age, detail, and distinction, natural wood beams convey something about you and your home that few architectural additives can. Whether they amplify beautiful countertops or make your cabinets pop, natural wood beams in your home help you space to tell a story and share memories—creating a space where meals are enjoyed, memories are made, and relationships are built. To see how natural wood beams can help your house feel more like a home, reach out to us today!

At Volterra, we help to create spaces that make for great memories, and natural wood beams add incredible detail and distinction to your home that nothing else can. From white oak to alder, we offer tons of incredible wood beam options to choose from. Check out our collection and order today!

Popular Wood Choices for Tongue and Groove Ceilings

Popular Wood Choices for Tongue and Groove Ceilings

Whether you’re looking to achieve a modern or rustic aesthetic in your interior design scheme, a tongue and groove (T&G) ceiling can help you bring your vision to life. At Volterra, we can assist with this process. Before you get started on your T&G ceiling, you need to choose what it will be made of. Here is a quick look at the different options you have:

Hemlock Natural Wood

If you’re looking for an economical T&G ceiling option, then hemlock is a good choice. This type of wood is lightweight and easy to work with, making it a popular choice among DIYers. Hemlock also takes paint and stain well, so you can customize the look of your T&G ceiling to match your décor.

white wood ceiling
ceiling beams living room

Fir Natural Wood

Fir is another fantastic tongue and groove ceiling option for those on a budget. It’s lightweight and easy to work with — perfect! You can also paint or stain it whatever color you want without worrying about the finish rubbing off after time has passed; this will give your room exactly what they were looking for in just one look!

White Oak Natural Wood

For a more durable T&G ceiling, white oak is a good choice. This hardwood is resistant to rot and insect damage, making it a good choice for areas where there is a higher risk of moisture or pests. White oak is also more difficult to work with than softer woods, so it’s best to leave the installation to professionals.

T&g ceiling
dark wood ceiling beams

Poplar Natural Wood

The beautiful grain of poplar wood makes it a popular choice for tongue and groove ceilings. It’s similar in durability to white oak, but easier on your tools because its colors don’t run when stained or painted too heavily — giving you total control over how much color will show through from start!

Alder Natural Wood

Alder is a softwood that is often used for T&G ceilings. At Volterra, we have two Alder variations to choose from: superior and knotty. The more knots an alder board has, the more rustic it is. Meanwhile, smoother surfaces can be found in superior alder boards where there are fewer wood fibers present on the surface. When choosing between the two, also consider paint or stain applications. With fewer wood fibers, superior boards don’t reflect as much light due to their lack of patterning.

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No matter what type of wood you choose for your T&G ceiling, Volterra can help you materialize your dream. We have a wide variety of T&G ceiling options to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your home or business. Contact us today to learn more about our tongue and groove ceiling options or to place an order.

What is the Difference Between a Corbel and a Bracket

What is the difference between a corbel and bracket?

If you are looking for a great way to add some character to your home, you should consider using decorative wood corbels or brackets. Both are most commonly used for exterior purposes, but many homeowners use them indoors as well to add to their existing décor.

At Volterra Architectural Products, we offer a wide selection of both corbels and brackets in different decorative wood types. These two unique architectural elements are very similar when it comes to decorative purposes, but there are some key differences that you should be aware of. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at the differences between corbels and brackets so you can make an informed decision when choosing the right one for your project.

What Are Decorative Wood Corbels?

Corbels are a type of bracket that is used to support weight. They are often found in architecture where they are used to add visual interest or to conceal structural supports. Decorative corbels, however, are not load-bearing and are purely for aesthetic purposes. Inside, they can be used to add a decorative touch to an archway, fireplace mantel, or in another area of your home. Outside, they can be used to add visual interest to porch ceilings, gables, or other areas of your home.

Decorative wood corbels are made of high density foam and are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and wood types. You can find them with intricate designs or more simple and modern ones to fit your taste. At Volterra, we offer three different types of decorative wood for our corbels: Doug Fir, Rough Sawn, and Majestic.

Decorative Wood Corbels
Decorative Wood Brackets

What Are Decorative Wood Brackets?

Brackets are used to support weight in a similar way to corbels, but they are typically less decorative. They are most commonly used in exterior applications, such as supporting a porch roof or gable. They can also be used inside to support countertops or other heavy objects. Like corbels, decorative wood brackets are made of high density foam and are not intended to be used for load-bearing purposes. Instead, they are used to add visual interest to the interior or exterior of your home.

There is a wide selection of brackets available in different shapes, sizes, and wood types. At Volterra, we offer two different types of decorative wood for our brackets: Doug Fir and Rough Sawn.

What Are the Key Differences Between the Two?

In structural applications, corbels are more decorative than brackets and are often used to conceal supports. Brackets, on the other hand, are less decorative and are almost exclusively used in exterior applications. When it comes to decorative purposes, corbels and brackets can be used interchangeably. The main difference is in the shape of the two. Volterra’s faux wood corbels and brackets have many similarities — they are manufactured with the same high-quality urethane material, are lightweight and easy to install, and are virtually maintenance-free.

Decorative Wood Brackets

If you are looking to add some character to your home, decorative wood corbels and brackets are a great way to do it. Both make it easy to add a touch of wood to your interior or exterior décor, and with our wide selection of shapes, sizes, and wood types, you are sure to find the perfect one for your project. Visit Volterra Architectural Products today to get started.

Do Faux Wood Beams Add Value?

Do Faux Wood Beams Add Value?

In today’s competitive real estate market, homeowners are always looking to make updates and improvements to their space that they not only can enjoy themselves but also that will add value to their home. While there are many unique attributes that can boost your home’s value, exposed wood ceiling beams are a rare, highly sought-after feature that can really make a space stand out. However, real wood ceiling beams are not always an option, whether because of cost, weight, or installation difficulties. 

That’s where faux wood beams from Volterra Architectural Products come in! Our collection of faux wood beams is made from a highly durable polyurethane material that is much lighter than real wood yet still looks like the real thing. They have the same design impact as real wood beams without the hassle or expense, and best of all, they can increase the value of your home. Shop faux wood beams for ceilings now or continue reading to learn how they can add value to your home.

Helps the Kitchen Feel More Spacious

The kitchen is often the space that appeals most to potential homebuyers, so it’s important to make sure this space is as inviting and spacious as possible. Faux wood beams can help create the illusion of a larger kitchen by drawing the eye upward and making the ceilings appear taller. This is especially effective in smaller kitchens or homes with lower ceilings. Installing faux wood beams in a kitchen can transform the space and make it feel more open, bright, and welcoming.

sandblast faux wood beams

Creates a Cozy and Inviting Living Area

Another important selling point for potential homebuyers is the living area. This is where families and friends gather to relax, socialize, and spend time together, so it’s crucial that this space feels cozy and inviting. Faux wood beams can help create a warm and inviting living area by adding visual interest and a touch of luxury. The addition of faux wood beams can make a living area feel more like a luxurious retreat and less like a standard family room.

Completes the Master Bedroom

People dream of a master bedroom that feels like a personal oasis, where they can relax and escape the stresses of daily life. Faux wood beams can help turn this dream into a reality by adding a touch of luxury and elegance. The addition of faux wood ceiling beams can make the space feel more complete and inviting, providing potential homebuyers with everything they are looking for in a master bedroom.

doug fir ridge and rafter faux beams in a bedroom

Volterra faux wood beams are the perfect way to add value to your home without breaking the bank. Whether you add them to the kitchen, living area, master bedroom, or another room in your home, faux wood beams are sure to impress potential homebuyers and increase the value of your home. Browse our collection of faux wood beams today.

Where Do You Put Faux Beams?

Where Do You Put Faux Beams?

Faux wood ceiling beams are a fantastic way to add the appearance of natural wood to your home, without the weight or cost of real wood ceiling beams. They are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your home’s design.

At Volterra Architectural Products, we offer a collection of some of the best faux wood ceiling beams on the market. Our beams are lightweight, easy to install, and come in a variety of wood species and stain options to meet any design needs. With the versatility of faux wood beams, the possibilities for where to install them are endless. Here are some of the most common areas faux wood ceiling beams are installed:

In Living Rooms & Family Rooms

Faux wood beams are a great way to add character and warmth to your living room or family room. They are especially well-suited for rooms with vaulted ceilings, as they can add depth to the space and make the room feel cozier. They can be installed along the entire length of the ceiling, or in select areas to create a more focal point.

Kitchens

Faux wood beams are also a popular choice for kitchens, especially above kitchen islands. They can help to define the space and make the island feel like its own distinct area. They can also be used to highlight other features in the kitchen, such as range hoods or chandeliers. Additionally, faux wood beams can be strategically placed to help to define the layout of a kitchen.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are meant to be a comforting and relaxing space, and faux wood beams can help to create that atmosphere. They can be used to add warmth and character to the room or to highlight features such as a bed or another area. Faux wood beams can also be used to create a focal point in the room, such as above a fireplace or dresser.

 

Faux wood ceiling beams with faux beam straps

Finished Basements

Adding faux wood beams to a finished basement is a great way to make the space feel more like an extension of your home. They can be used to define different areas and features in the basement, such as a bar or entertainment area, or to create a more cohesive design. Once installed, you’ll quickly realize just how versatile faux wood beams can be!

Whether you’re looking to add character to your living room, kitchen, or another space in your home, faux wood beams are a great way to do it. At Volterra Architectural Products, we offer a wide selection of faux wood ceiling beams that are easy to install and come in a variety of wood species and stain options. Browse our collection and find the perfect beams for your home!

Why Contractors Prefer Faux Beams

Why Contractors Prefer Faux Beams

Have you always wanted to add shiplap to your home but didn’t know where to start? Shiplap can be used in a variety of ways to add character and charm to your space. Homeowners love shiplap because it’s a relatively simple way to make a big impact in your home. 

Volterra’s faux wood planks are an excellent alternative to real wood planks. They are made of polyurethane, which is a durable material that is easy to work with. Plus, they come in a variety of textures and finishes, so you can find the perfect look for your space. In this blog, we will share four creative ways to use shiplap in your home. 

Great for Residential & Commercial Construction

One of the reasons faux wood beams have become so popular is that they are great for both residential and commercial construction. They are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of applications. Contactors love faux wood beams because they can be used in a variety of ways to create unique looks for their projects, whether it’s a home or a commercial building.

Faux wood beams in a commercial space
Modern kitchen with faux wood ceiling beams

Lightweight & Easy to Install

Another reason contractors appreciate faux wood beams is that they are very lightweight and easy to install. Faux wood beams are made with a quality polyurethane material, which is lightweight. This makes faux wood beams easy to transport and install. Best of all, using faux wood beams can help contractors save time and money on their projects.

Available in Different Wood Species

Another reason contractors love faux wood beams is that they are available in different wood species. This allows for a greater degree of design flexibility when it comes to creating unique looks for your project. Contractors can choose from a variety of faux wood beam styles and colors to match the look they are trying to achieve.

Small kitchen space with faux wood beams
Dark faux wood ceiling beams in a bedroom

Affordable 

Finally, faux wood beams are a more affordable option, especially when compared to real wood ceiling beams, which not only can be more expensive in today’s market but can also be difficult to install. This makes them a great choice for contractors who are working on a tight budget. In addition to being more affordable, faux wood beams are also a more sustainable option. They are made with high-quality, durable materials that will last for years.

As you can see, there are a number of reasons why contractors prefer faux wood beams. They are versatile, easy to install, and affordable. In addition, they are available in different wood species so that you can achieve the perfect look for your project.

Volterra’s faux wood beams are the perfect choice for any contractor who wants to add character and charm to their project. Our faux wood beams are available in Doug Fir, Hand Hewn, Rough Sawn, Majestic, and Rustic styles. Visit our website to learn more about our faux wood beams and other polyurethane architectural details.