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How to Trim Faux Beam Straps

Faux beam straps manufactured by Volterra Architectural Products are designed to hide gaps and accent both faux wood or real wood ceiling beams. These beam straps, as well as the other beam accessories that we offer, are manufactured with an incredibly flexible and durable resin material.

Our selection of faux iron beam straps are meant to be used with our high-quality faux wood beams. However, the beam size that you need will often be different from what others need, and therefore, we produce our beam straps to be longer than what is typically needed. Fortunately, our flexible beam straps are easy to trim and install.

How to ‘Trim to Fit’ Faux Beam Straps from Volterra

If you have ordered Volterra’s beam straps to install on your faux wood beams, you will need to trim them before installing them so that they will fit properly. Doing so is simple, and in this blog, we are going to walk you through the required steps. Before starting, make sure you have a steel framing square and a sharp razor blade ready-to-go.

Step #1: Determine the Measurements

Before you trim your beam strap to fit, make sure you have the right measurements. By strategically placing a properly measured beam strap, you can make the faux wood beams in your home look even more real while adding more depth and detail. One you have the measurements, feel free to mark the beam with a pencil.

Step #2: Start Making the Cut

Using a steel frame, line up where you will be trimming the beam strap. Next take a razor blade to score the material at the trimming point. Use the razor blade to continuously go through the material until the cut has been made. This should leave you with a nice, square cut.

Step #3: Get the Strap Ready for Installation

When you have trimmed the beam strap to fit your faux wood beam, there are a couple more things you can do before installing them. First, you should make sure that dust and debris is removed from the beam strap. This can be done by using acetone and cloth. Additionally, you can make the strap look even more like forged iron by preparing them with spray paint. Additionally, you can add a custom finish to faux beam straps by using a metallic pewter finish. Once you have prepared your beam straps and are ready to install them on faux wood beams, watch this video.

There you have it! By following these steps you should have no trouble trimming your faux beam straps to get them ready to install on your faux wood beams.

Order Volterra Beam Straps for You Faux Wood Beams

If you want to add depth and detail to your space, order flexible beam straps are a great way to do so. Visit our website to browse our selection of beam straps and other flexible beam accessories. Contact us if you have any questions and our team will be happy to assist you!

 

By installing Volterra’s high-quality faux wood beams, you can easily add depth and elegance to any room in your home. Faux wood beams are versatile, functional, and are very easy to install compared to real wood ceiling beams. Of all the benefits that faux wood beams offer, perhaps the most appealing is that they replicate the appearance of ceiling beams that are manufactured from real wood.

While installing faux wood beams is sure to enhance any space, you can make them appear even more realistic while simultaneously adding more charm to the space by adding VolterraFlex® faux iron beam straps and other flexible beam accessories. We manufacture these products using a highly-durable and flexible resin material. They are incredibly easy to install on faux wood ceiling beams, too. Before installing them, however, we recommend properly preparing them so that they look even more real and last longer. In this blog, we are going to share some simple steps that will help you prepare your faux iron accessories. If you would like to see these steps, we encourage you to check out this video.

How to Prepare VolterraFlex® Faux Iron Beam Straps and Other Beam Accessories

Preparing faux iron beam straps and other beam accessories does not require a lot of work or supplies. We recommend spraying these flexible beam accessories with rattle-can spray paint. The color choice is up to you, but using a flat matte spray paint will make these faux iron straps and accessories look even more like authentic forged iron. Applying spray paint will not only make it look better, but it will also help it last longer. In the video, Tim from Volterra Architectural Products walks you through how to prepare flexible beam straps, which we will reference for the sake of this post. Keep in mind, a similar process can be used for hangersplatest-plates, and other beam accessories. Before you are ready to paint your beam strap, make sure you have measured and cut it to the necessary size, then follow these steps:

Step #1: Prepare Work Area

If you want to keep the mess minimal you should create a workspace to paint your flexible beam straps. We recommend setting a table up outside with an old bed sheet laying over the top so that it does not get paint on it. Make sure you have your spray paint and that it has been well-shaken and ready to go.

Step #2: Apply the First Coat of Spray Paint

When you are ready to apply the first coat of paint. You really only need to dust the flexible beam strap with the paint. Press down on the tip with the can about 10″ to 12″ away from the strap, aimed to one side, then, in one fluid motion, sweep the paint horizontally across the surface and release the tip when you reach the other side. For complete and consistent coverage, be sure to start the spray before reaching the surface, and release it after passing it. You’ll also want to make sure that you get the edges.

Step #3: Add A Second Layer

After the application of the first layer, wait a few minutes and then get ready to add a second layer. Following the same application method, dust the beam strap with paint again. This additional layer will create a special finish, making the faux beam strap appear like real iron.

Step #4: Install the Beam Strap

Once you are finished, you’ll want to let the beam strap dry before you install it on a faux wood beam. Once the material is dry, make sure to remove any dust and debris (acetone works great). When you’re ready to install your faux beam strap, watch this video or check out this blog.

See? It is as simple as that! Adding depth and detail to faux wood beams has never been easier! If you would like to transform your interior or exterior space, check out Volterra’s selection of faux wood beams plus the faux iron straps and other beam accessories. As one of the leading faux wood beam manufacturers in the US, you can trust that we offer quality products at a competitive price. Contact Volterra Architectural Products to learn more!

How to Apply Venetian Plaster

Venetian plaster is a wall and ceiling paint finish that creates the smooth and elegant look of polished marble and natural stone with the illusion of depth and texture. Venetian plaster — sometimes known as lime plaster — is essentially a putty made from fired limestone or marble dust mixed with water. After the application, it develops a finish that has created that renowned genuine marble look.

Many people wonder how venetian plaster is applied to achieve that luxurious look. Traditionally, Veneitan plaster would need to be applied by a skilled craftsman using unique materials to get the proper effect. The good news, however, there are a variety of new products that make it possible for do-it-yourselfers to create similar results in just a few simple steps and with no special training or skills required. Volterra Architectural Products carries Italian plasters as well as other highly-recommended plaster finish products. In this blog, we’re going to share our tips and techniques that will make it easy to achieve a professional, old world finish. If you would like to see these steps, we encourage you to check out this video.

How to Apply Venetian Plaster

Of course, before you can apply Venetian plaster in your home, there are a few supplies that you will need. Most importantly, you will need a high-quality plaster product as well as a hand trowel for application and a smooth wall finish. In the video we referenced above, the applicator is using Tivoli Grasello Italian lime plaster and Volterra’s Flat Sealer finisher. When you have these right products and have properly prepared the surfaces of the wall and applied a bonder, follow these steps:

Step #1: Apply the First Coat of Italian Plaster

Make sure to properly mix the plaster before applying it. Starting at a corner of the room, apply the first coat of the plaster to the wall surface using a hand trowel. Apply a thin coat of plaster while holding the trowel using random, short strokes with medium pressure. You should hold your trowel at a 15- to 30-degree angle to the wall. Remember, you don’t have to be concerned with covering every square inch of the surface evenly. Let some of the original wall surface show through in spots for more color variation in appearance, but keep the surface reasonably smooth.

Step #2: Use a Shop Light for the Second Coat

If you have a shop light you can use it to see if there are any imperfections that need to be fixed with the application of the second coat. Simply shine the light towards the wall you will be working on. You’ll want to flatten the material using medium pressure to bring out minimal mottling. Make sure to cover the surfaces thoroughly, filling voids and removing high spots. You should let the plasterdry for at least 24 hours before moving on to the next step that involves applying the finish.

Step #3: Apply Volterra Flat Sealer

Oftentimes, applying a topcoat is an optional final step when applying Venetian plaster. We recommend finishing as it adds durability to the surface. This is vital for plaster that is applied in rooms with high moisture — such as bathrooms — and areas with high traffic. If possible, use an HVLP sprayer for more efficient and guaranteed coverage when applying the finish. You should spray enough material to wet out the wall. We also recommend applying a second coat of Flat Sealer. Once the top coat finish is dry, you have the option to burnish the surface to create a more polished look.

You can easily transform the plain, bland walls in your home into stylish and elegant looking structures by applying just a few strokes of Venetian Italian plaster. If you appreciate the old world aesthetic and elegant simplicity of classic European-style homes, then Venetian plaster might be the perfect finish for you. Not to mention, it looks great when paired with our faux wood beams.

Shop Volterra’s Selection of Italian Plasters

If you want to achieve the classy and elegant look that Venetian Italian plaster can offer, check out our selection of plaster products. As one of the leading plaster companies in Phoenix, you can trust we carry the best products. Contact us today to learn more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About Faux Wood Beams

Faux wood beams are a great way of adding interest and architectural details to just about any space in your home. Not only can faux wood beams be more affordable than those manufactured with real wood, but they are also lighter, easier to install, more versatile, and more environmentally friendly, among other benefits.

At Volterra Architectural Products, we specialize in manufacturing the best faux wood beams and other polyurethane architectural details. Utilizing molds from real pieces of wood and quality high-density foam material, we’re able to manufacture a wide selection of faux wood beams that replicate the appearance of natural wood — right down to the graining, knotting, and other fine details. Installation of these faux ceiling beams is a breeze and instantly adds dimension to your space.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Faux Wood Beams

Faux ceiling and architectural beams are becoming more and more popular. People are adding them to their kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, outdoor living spaces, and even businesses. If you’re interested in browsing our selection of faux wood ceiling beams, click here. To learn more about our faux wood beams, continue reading as we answer the most frequently asked questions about our faux decorative beams.

What Are Faux Wood Beams Made Of?

At Volterra Architectural Products, we manufacture our faux wood beams using a high-density polyurethane foam (HDF) material. This material is lightweight, which makes them easy to install, yet they are still dense and durable.

Do Faux Beams Look Real?

Absolutely. Our faux wood beams are handcrafted using molds made from real wood beams. This allows our decorative beams to replicate the appearance of natural wood, right down to the grain. Our QuickShip faux wood beams are identical as they are poured monolithically as one piece — installers typically flip flop these beams so the texture pattern is alternated. We also offer custom beams that are truly unique, as each one may be slightly different from the other.

How Much Do Faux Wood Beams Cost?

The most popular sizes of Volterra faux wood beams range from $200 to $750 per beam. The cost of our faux wood beams is determined by the type of beam ordered, plus freight. Compared to the cost of real wood ceiling beams and the installation required, you can keep more money in your wallet by choosing faux wood beams.

Are Faux Wood Beams Durable?

Yes! Volterra’s faux wood beams are surprisingly dense and durable compared to natural wood when installed in areas such as the ceiling where they are not subjected to abuse. Unlike natural wood beams, faux wood beams will not warp, crack, fade, or rot. Artificial wood beams are virtually maintenance-free!

Are Faux Beams Easy to Install?

Installing faux beams is easy. Because our decorative beams are manufactured from a durable yet lightweight polyurethane material, the beams are extremely easy to handle and can be up on a ceiling in just a matter of hours. If you are handy and familiar with carpentry, you likely can install these beams without any issues. However, for the best results, we recommend working with a licensed contractor.

What Tools Are Needed for Installing Faux Wood Beams

You can install faux wood ceiling beams using a hand saw, drill, tape measure, and a pencil or marker. To learn more about the necessary tools and how to install faux wood beams, check out this video.

Can Faux Wood Beams Be Used Outside?

Yes, faux wood beams can be used both indoors and outdoors. Homeowners can add to the overall look and feel of their outdoor living spaces and covered patio by installing outdoor faux wood beams.

Are Faux Wood Trusses Suitable for Any Ceiling?

Along with decorative beams, Volterra’s faux wood trusses are a great way to enhance high ceilings. We offer decorative trusses for both flat and pitched ceilings.

Can Volterra Produce Custom Beams and Trusses?

Yes. In addition to our standard faux beams and decorative trusses, Volterra accepts custom orders. We have the capability to produce custom beams and trusses for projects of any size and specification.

How Much Do Faux Wood Beams Weigh?

Popular or standard sizes of our faux wood beams weigh 1–2 pounds per linear foot, which translates to about 10–40 pounds per beam. This is a considerable difference compared to real wood beams, which would likely weigh 600 pounds and take heavy equipment to install or even box beams which weigh significantly more than polyurethane foam beams.

Can Faux Wood Beams Be Used to Cover Existing Drywall Beams?

Yes, of course. Faux wood beams are a great way to cover structural glulam or drywall beams, unattractive wood beams, pipes, cords, or fixtures.

Does Volterra Install Faux Wood Beams?

As much as we are committed to providing our customers with the best service, Volterra Architectural Products is a manufacturer, and therefore, we are not involved in any way with installation. We recommended working with a licensed contractor for the best results.

Can Volterra Provide Technical Help for Faux Wood Beam Orders?

Our website (www.volterraproducts.com) offers installation videos, documents, resources, and other technical data for each of our products. If you are working with a professional installer they will be able to provide you with design advice and installation recommendations. If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, our beam specialists will be happy to assist — just give our team a call.

Does Volterra Manufacture Real Wood Beams?

Yes! In addition to our wide selection of faux wood beams, Volterra manufactures natural hardwood and softwood box beams in almost any species desired. Click here to learn more.

Have Further Questions About Our Faux Wood Beams?

If you were unable to find answers to your questions about our faux wood beams, contact Volterra Architectural Products at (602) 258-7373. Our beam specialists will be happy to assist you.

Adding Faux Wood Beams To Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of a home. With the amount of time you spend in the kitchen preparing and cooking meals, enjoying morning cups of coffee, and hosting friends and family, you have every reason to want it to be one of the most aesthetically-pleasing rooms in your home. From new countertops and cabinets to creating an open kitchen layout, there are many renovation projects that can be done to make your kitchen look and feel even more comfortable and homey than it already is.

However, there are also some simple things that can be done that can drastically enhance your kitchen space and don’t require any remodeling and renovation, like faux wood beams. Adding faux wooden beams to any space in your home is a creative way to give it a unique and rustic — yet modern — look. Having a bland white ceiling can detract from an otherwise attractive aesthetic. Implementing kitchen ceiling beams can do wonders for your space, all without the costs of actual wood.

Reasons To Choose Faux Wood Beams for Kitchen

Adding real wood beams to your kitchen, while they would be a beautiful addition to the space, is a costly and laborious process. Faux wood beams offer numerous benefits, but perhaps the biggest benefit is that they are shaped and stained to replicate the appearance of natural wood. These beams are also not as heavy as real wood ceiling beams, making them an easy-to-install decorative element for your kitchen.

Volterra Architectural Products manufactures high-quality faux wood beams that enhance the look and feel of any interior or exterior space, especially the kitchen! Available in different styles, Volterra’s faux wood beams can transform a bland kitchen ceiling into a detailed work of art, lending a warm and welcoming feel to your heart of the home.

Design Ideas for Using Faux Wood Beams

While living areas are typically the most popular room to add faux wooden beams to, both small and large kitchens can benefit from the timeless, open-beam style that they bring to the space. Below, our design experts share some design ideas for using faux wooden beams in your kitchen.

Create Visual Contrast

Many of the contemporary-modern kitchens in today’s homes put focus on sleek surfaces. Stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and simple cabinets are becoming more popular than the richly-stained finishes that were trending in previous years. Adding faux wood ceiling beams can add visual contrast to your kitchen. In kitchens with white or light-colored ceilings and color schemes especially, the warmth and texture faux wood beams bring a beautifully-balanced focal point to the space.

Add to the Entrance

As mentioned, kitchens are the hub of all activities — and all delicious food, of course. While the attention is often directed to what’s inside the space, the entrance of the kitchen is something that should not be overlooked. Faux wood beams provide an old-world feel to a modern kitchen, framing the entrance beautifully. Large beams with faux wood trusses in the corners will add appealing architectural detail to the entrance.

Get Creative

Adding faux wood beams to your kitchen will certainly bring more attention to the space. Depending on your kitchen and your personal style and preferences, faux wooden beams can be used in multiple ways. For example, adding a faux wood ceiling running in the same direction as a kitchen island or bar is a great way to highlight that unique feature. If your kitchen has a high ceiling, faux wood beams can be mounted a few feet below ceiling height to add a cozier feel to the space without having to sacrifice architectural interest or natural light. Lastly, any unusual curves, angles, or other lines in your kitchen space can be highlighted with strategically-placed beams, turning an awkward space into an unexpectedly beautiful one.

 

Of course, you are the one who will be using your kitchen the most, so it’s important to think about the different ways adding faux wood beams can enhance its look and feel.

Find Faux Wood Beams For Your Kitchen

You cannot go wrong with adding wooden beams to your kitchen. Doing so will add an old-world, yet modern touch to the space, making the time you spend there more enjoyable. If you are interested in adding wood beams to your kitchen, be sure to check out Volterra’s selection of faux wood beams. Because beams are lightweight so they can be easily installed on your own. For more information, visit Volterra Architectural Products website today.

 

Benefits of Faux Wood Beams

Adding wooden beams to the interior of your home is a great way to give any room a distinctive, austere elegance. While real wooden beams are gorgeous and true natural beauty, the price point to purchase and install them is enough to turn people away. However, your dreams don’t have to be crushed — faux wood beams look just like real wood ceiling beams. Unless close enough to touch them, there is really no way to tell the difference between real and faux wood ceiling beams.

Volterra Architectural Products is America’s largest manufacturer of faux wood beams, custom faux wood beams, and other polyurethane architectural details. Using high-quality HDF material, Volterra utilizes molds from real pieces of wood to manufacture their faux wooden beams. This detailed process enables duplication of the original external appearance of wood, right down to the graining, knotting, and even the worm holes. Let’s take a look at some of the other benefits faux wood beams offer.

Easy Installation

While real wood beams may be beautiful, they are extremely heavy, especially when considering a beam that will stretch across your living area or kitchen. As you can imagine, the installation would not be a walk in the park and will likely require a team of people to properly install the. With faux wood beams, on the other hand, the lightweight construction makes installation a breeze, oftentimes a one or two-man job.

Versatility

Wood ceiling beams are pretty much limited to just that ceiling. Even then, the weight of real wood limits the number of beams that can be used while still retaining structural integrity. Because faux wooden beams are lightweight, the possibilities for implementing them into your interior or exterior decor is only limited by your imagination. No matter where you plan to install faux wood beams, there are countless ways to experiment with patterns — consider traditional horizontal placement or create a more intricate look by criss crossing beams.

Durability

Volterra’s faux wooden beams can withstand the test of time because of the properties they possess. Unlike authentic wood beams, faux wooden beams will not rot, chip or split. These beams are designed to maintain their appearance for years and eyes. Maintenance-free and resistant to many of the elements that can compromise the structural integrity of real wood, faux wood beams are incredibly durable, whether used indoors or outdoors.

Functional

In addition to having great appeal and charm, faux wood beams are very functional. With a hollow inside, making them perfect for hiding electrical wiring, installing recessed lighting, and structural flaws in the ceiling — the perfect solution for covering cracks, uneven ceilings or outdated popcorn style ceilings.

Eco-Conscious

Of course, in today’s world being environmentally conscious is more important than ever before. While the appearance of natural wood beams is tough to beat, purchasing them, unfortunately, contributes to deforestation. Eco-conscious-minded people won’t have to think twice about their environmental impact with faux wood beams — you can get the authentic look you desire without having to use trees.

Cost-Effective

Believe it or not, real wooden beams typically cost fi\ve times as much as faux wood beams do — that’s not including the cost of installation and maintenance, both of which can add up quickly. Because fake wood beams are easy to install and don’t require any maintenance, they can save you tons of money overtime. If you have always dreamt of having wooden ceiling beams in your home but never had the budget for it, the cost-effectiveness of faux wooden beams helps you get the look you want while minimizing the impact on your finances.

Experience The Benefits of Faux Wood Beams

If you are looking for ways to improve your home improvement plan, faux wood beams are the perfect accompaniment to any space. Incredibly popular, durable, and affordable — you simply can’t go wrong choosing faux wood beams. Adding faux wood beams to your ceiling can have a lot of positive benefits on the looks and function of your space.

Unlike other companies that sell faux wood beams online, Volterra manufactures its own high-quality HDF beams. If you are interested in learning more, check out our selection of faux wooden beams today!

Flex Trim Moulding for Limitless Possibilities

Decorating a house can sometimes be a more nuanced process than people give it credit for. Furniture, pictures, and electronics are necessary components of the process that take up the bulk of the room, and they will be the first things friends and family notice when stepping into your home. The little details, however, also warrant consideration, such as the edges of ceilings, walls, doors, and windows. Hardwood moulding is the typical solution, and a smart one at that. But hardwood is sometimes too rigid and stiff for the right application, and that is when it is time to choose flex trim moulding. Trim moulding is the crucial unifier of a house’s outskirts, namely its walls and ceilings. A wall without moulding looks bare and jarring at its edges where it meets the floor and the ceiling. Doors and windows look naked and vapid if there is not something outlining their sides. Moulding closes these gaps and provides definition and distinction, a sort of framework that gives prominence to these features. Hardwood does not always have the elasticity necessary for the best application, but flex moulding does. True to its name, flex trim moulding has enough flexibility to fit around radius corners. The person who is applying flex moulding can complete the job with a single piece, never having to reach for another. This unique material can bend, curve, and turn with ease. It also accommodates houses that have unique architecture. Walls and ceilings that have radius curves and round rooms can be adorned with beautiful moulding that brings out their captivating eccentricities. Volterra Architectural Products is the creator of Volterra Flex™, which is a flexible trim that covers all aspects of moulding: crown, casing, base, and and even rails. The master craftspeople at Volterra manufacture all Volterra Flex™ products out of a special urethane composite material that is meant for universal application. If that wasn’t enough, these trims have a simple installation process that evades all of the hassle that typically comes with natural wood materials. For more information about the benefits of flex trim moulding, call Volterra Architectural Products™ at 602.258.7373 today.

The truss is traditionally a triangular structure built to disperse the weight of the ceiling and the roof to other parts of the home that can handle all of that pressure. Given that they are usually purely functional mechanisms, it makes sense why they are often hidden from plain sight. The complex design of the truss, however, leaves a lot of unused potential. Seeking out an exposed truss for the sake of an appearance is a wiser investment than it might seem, and the proper roof truss design can heighten the allure of your house. A visible truss, or an exposed truss, is the answer to the lingering question of the grand design. The vast space of the ceiling gets quickly filled with a truss, given how it expands widely. Faux trusses are created from synthetic materials, but they have the ability to replicate the appearance of natural wood. Authentic wood has long been popular as a structure for its natural beauty, evoking the old-world atmosphere of oaken trees. The system of wooden beams within the framework of the truss has a traditional look, but various designs can be chosen from to suit a more unique dream for the finished product. Volterra Architectural Products manufactures innovative fake wood truss systems that vary from one another, all designed to look just like natural wood but created with lightweight materials that ensure easy installation. The Cascade truss features a patchwork of vertical and horizontal beams, with curved beams that turn away from each other. The Aspen features a trio of beams entwined with arching fixtures. And the Hawkeye is a team of uniform beams that slowly increase and then decrease in size, intercut by a curving piece as the bottom. A curious architectural oddity like the truss can be one of the most attractive parts of a building. Volterra lets you choose the faux wood truss that best suits your vision. To find out more about the roof truss that is right for you, call Volterra Architectural Products at 602.258.7373 today.

Millwork for Universal Application

Comparing a new house to a house that has been lived in for a long time draws many contrasts, but there is one small difference that might not be noticed until later. The floors, walls, ceilings, doors, and windows of a complete house stand out more than those in the new house. They are given special framing to make them pop out and look strategically connected to one another. That is the magic of millwork in effect. Moulding and millwork are vital parts of the whole, equipping the boundaries of a house with frameworks. These individual parts of a new house look convoluted and in each other’s space, with no smooth process of transition that allows for easier distinction among them. Moulding and millwork products come in handy when that distinction needs to be made, embellishing doors and walls with subtle but creative trims. When thinking of these trims like picture frames, it becomes conceivable that the same sort of effect would be necessary for other parts of a house. A doorway does not need to always be dramatic and grandiose, but a trim does make its presentation all the more special. Volterra Architectural Products produces moulding and millwork of the utmost quality for any sort of application. Whether it is base moulding, crown moulding, casing, or even flex moulding, you are guaranteed excellence in every single product. Volterra’s hardwood moulding carries with it the innate beauty of authentic wood, in addition to the special textures it has when in nature. A variety of profiles is available in different wood species, and the moulding sticks come in standard lengths that are cut by the installer to fit the space. These trims are also ready to be painted or stained to the homeowner’s or designer’s liking. Whether it is the floor, ceiling, wall, door, or window of a house, Volterra’s array of moulding and millwork has you covered. For more information about the millwork available from Volterra Architectural products, call 602.258.7373 today.

Use Faux Wood Beams for an Easier Makeover Project

Beams are essential to the construction of any house. A ceiling and a roof are not simply suspended by walls that reach their edges and corners—serious additions need to be implemented to withstand the pressure and weight that ceilings carry. Beams transfer this weight from the roof and ceiling to stronger parts of a house, such as the walls, pillars, and columns. Not all beams, however, can provide an appealing aesthetic, so people turn to faux wood beams in this instance. Faux wood beams are so sought after because their exteriors mimic the exact appearances, grains, and textures of real wood beams. It has to be seen to be believed, but distinguishing between real beams and faux beams with the naked eye is virtually impossible. Faux wood comes with a host of many other benefits that keeps it in high demand as a housing material. If you have decorated your living room, bedroom, kitchen, and other rooms with the best decorations you can find, it makes sense to extend that beauty to above. Faux beams conjure a warm, comforting feeling to any space in which they are added, which is the exact same effect that real wood has. But there is so much more to them. It is easy to see why real wood beams have been in such high demand. Their strength, sturdiness, and natural beauty make them a no-brainer for builders and installers. Unfortunately, these beams can be difficult and expensive to install, given their density and weight. And just like wood in nature, these beams are susceptible to warping and rotting, as well as the effects of moisture and excessively high or low temperatures. Faux beams are immune to these drawbacks, made out of a high-density polyurethane foam that lasts through ages without any maintenance or care. Best of all, these beams can be installed with ease, thanks to their lightweight nature. Faux beams are such practical and useful structures that there is no reason to hold off any longer on using them in your next project or home makeover. To learn more about faux wood beams, call Volterra Architectural Products at 602.258.7373 today.