Vigas have become a popular exterior architectural detail, especially in adobe and Southwestern-style buildings. While vigas intended for structural support are constructed from real wood, homeowners can create the illusion of real wood vigas with unique products that are purely decorative — faux wood vigas from Volterra Architectural Products.
Volterra’s selection of decorative vigas are manufactured to replicate the beautiful characteristics of real wood logs, but do not require maintenance and don’t decay, split, rot, or deteriorate. If you’d like to learn more about our faux wood vigas, continue reading as we answer some frequently asked questions.
What Are Faux Vigas Made Of?
The faux vigas we provide at Volterra Architectural Products are manufactured with high-quality urethane foam. Each decorative viga is created from a mold of a real wood viga to ensure the wood texture and grain are reproduced accurately. You’ll be forgiven if you can’t tell them apart from genuine wood, as they appear to be the real thing!
Can Faux Vigas Be Used Outside?
Although Volterra faux wood vigas are manufactured with urethane foam and are lightweight, they are incredibly durable and are designed for exterior use. They can withstand the elements and aren’t susceptible to splitting, rotting, or deterioration after a few years like real wood. What’s more, faux wood vigas are also resistant to termites and other insects, moisture, and ultraviolet rays.
How Much Do Vigas Cost?
The cost of Volterra vigas is determined by a variety of factors, including the type, size, finish, and whether they are solid or hollow. The cost of each viga is determined by your specific demands and installation criteria. An 8″ x 12″ hollow Flat End Viga without a flange and unpainted finish costs around $40 per viga. A 12” x 24” solid Tapered End Viga with a back plate and a dark walnut finish will cost just under $140.
How Do You Install Faux Vigas?
Volterra faux wood vigas are lightweight and easy to install for DIY homeowners who want to add the appearance of wood vigas without all the hassle. Our decorative vigas can fit onto existing rods or be installed with Volterra’s Viga Mounting Plate. Whichever option you choose, you’ll need to drill a hole in the center of each viga so that it will fit on the rod properly. It is recommended that adhesive is used to ensure a secure fit.
Volterra wood vigas are a great way to add new life and Southwestern-style to any home or building without spending thousands on expensive renovations. To learn more about faux wood vigas and other polyurethane architectural details manufactured by Volterra Architectural Products, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.