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Faux Wood Beams
At Volterra Architectural Products, we manufacture our faux wood beams and other architectural products using a lightweight and durable high-density polyurethane foam. This material is unique in that it is very durable and resistant to damage from rotting, splitting, fading, and wear, unlike real wood beams.
Each beam is crafted from a specialized mold crafted from real wood to create a realistic appearance. Strong, non-toxic, and visually appealing, this dense and hard foam material is without a doubt the ideal option to create a statement ceiling that enhances your personalized decor.
Volterra faux beams are crafted using molds built from real wood, this allows the wide selection of decorative wood beam textures to replicate the appearance of natural wood, right down to the grain. Our QuickShip faux wood beams are manufactured as identical pieces as they are poured monolithically as one piece — installers typically flip flop these beams so that the texture pattern is alternated. We also offer custom beams that are truly unique, each may be slightly different from the other for an even more realistic look.
Both QuickShip and custom faux wood beams are available in five signature wood textures, including Rough Sawn, Hand Hewn, Tuscany, Doug Fir, as well as Sandblast. Plus eight different finishes — Dark Walnut, Light Walnut, Espresso, Driftwood, Mahogany, Grey, Oak, and Primed, which is ready to be stained any color by the installer.
The most popular sizes of faux wood beams are 6×6 and 8×8 and they range from $200 to $750 per beam. The cost of each faux wood beam is determined by the type ordered, plus freight. Compared to the cost of real wood beams and the installation required, you can save money while adding depth to your home decor. This is because they are made of lightweight high-density polyurethane foam material, which is a far more cost-effective material to install as opposed to natural wood beams.
Faux wood beams can transform a ceiling and a room, adding warmth, depth, and ambiance to the space. Best of all, installation is easy. The lightweight polyurethane material makes each U-shaped beam easy to handle and can be installed in just a few hours. Those familiar with carpentry will likely have no issue installing faux wood beams. For the best results, however, it is recommended that you hire a licensed contractor.
Installing a faux wood beam can transform a room and be done in a few steps.
– Measure Layout and Chalk Lines
– Install Cleating Material and Determine the Proper Beam Cut Length
– Pull in Wire for Recessed Lighting (If Applicable)
– Dry fit the beam to double check for correct fit
– Insert beam over cleating material and apply urethane adhesive to affix
– Attach beam to the ceiling with screws
– Apply Finishing Touches
Just as they are appropriate for interior use, Volterra’s faux wood beams look great outdoors and require little or no maintenance like real wood beams do. More and more homeowners seek to create beautiful outdoor living spaces, and faux wood beams are the perfect fit for covered patios and other exterior applications because they are durable. But it doesn’t stop there—Volterra offers other accent architectural details to enhance the exterior of any residential or commercial space, including faux wood corbels, vigas, truss tails, and more.
Because faux wood beams and other accent products are manufactured using polyurethane foam material rather than real wood, they are able to withstand damage from light, water, and other extreme weather elements. Whether you use them indoors or outdoors, these faux wood beams will dress up any space for years to come.
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.
Yes, of course. Faux wood beams are a great way to cover structural glulam or drywall beams, unattractive wood beams, pipes, cords, or fixtures.
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.
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Faux Wood Corbels
Wood corbels are an easy way to add delightful details inside of your home, both inside and out. Traditional wood corbels serve as decorative supports that are installed on a wall, typically beneath shelving, countertops, or mantles. Besides adding beauty to your home, traditional wood corbels are also very functional, whether used for holding up shelving or framing doorways.
Faux wood corbels from Volterra Architectural Products replicate the appearance of traditional wood corbels and offer the decorative touch. However, they are not designed to provide the same support functionality as real wood corbels do. They are manufactured with the same lightweight and durable foam material that is used for Volterra’s faux wood beams so that they look realistic but require less maintenance and are easier to install.
Faux wood corbels manufactured by Volterra Architectural Products are made using the same high-density polyurethane foam (HDF) material that is used for faux wood beams and other decorative accents. This lightweight material makes them easy to install and surprisingly durable. Once installed, they require little maintenance and won’t be susceptible to the many flaws that natural wood material is exposed to overtime.
Each decorative corbel product is modeled after original traditional corbel patterns and designs, making it easy to incorporate the look of natural wood into both interior and exterior spaces.
There are various ways to install a decorative corbel. Choosing the correct method is largely determined by the location of the installation. Further considerations would include accessibility to the mounting surface and whether or not you can hide the evidence of mounting on the parts of the corbel that are visible.
For the best results, especially when installing outdoors, Volterra faux wood corbels should be screwed and glued to pre-cut blocking. The blocking should be mechanically fastened to structural members. Simply drill holes in the back of the corbel, and hang on screws or nails affixed to a wood blocking in the wall. A urethane sealant can be used around the entire perimeter of the corbel to secure its position.
Volterra’s faux wood corbels offer flexibility to use in decorative decor applications. While they are not load-beating corbel, they are a great addition to interior spaces. They can be installed beneath fireplace mantels, shelves, counters and islands, and other projections in your home to add architectural interest that can serve as a focal point in a room.
They can also be installed outside for exterior use. Most commonly, these faux wood corbels are installed under rooflines and window sills to give a home a distinguished classical look similar to the popular style used in the Victorian and Renaissance eras.
Because faux wood corbels from Volterra are made of high-density polyurethane foam, which is cast from real-wood molds, the finished product looks just like real wood corbels. That said, Volterra offers four different textures of fake wood corbels: mill cut, Doug Fir, saw cut, and smooth. In total, there are over 80 different designs. Each faux wood corbel is available in different finishes as well. However, many prefer the classic primed finish. The primed corbels are ready for a paint or stain of your choice, both of which are incredibly easy to apply.
Faux Beam Accessories
Faux wood beams from Volterra Architectural Products are hand fabricated to replicate the appearance of real wood beams. Faux iron beam straps and accessories are used to complete the look of faux wood beams, making them appear even more authentic. All faux beam accessories manufactured by Volterra are flexible, simple to install, and are an easy and effective way to hide any gaps, seams, and flaws that are visible on decorative wood beams.
Volterra’s faux wood beams look like actual wood up close, so installing them up on the ceiling, along with some faux iron beam accessories just makes sense for achieving a more charming, rustic look. Because the beams are lightweight and hollow, heavy metal connectors for bracing purposes aren’t necessary — these faux beam accessories are simply the finishing touches that create the appearance of actual rustic structural connectors in a faux beam or truss design.
The selection of Volterra’s faux beam accessories is made with an incredibly flexible and durable urethane material. They are designed to look identical to functional forged iron beam accessories that real wood ceiling beams would have for structural and bracing purposes.
Before installing faux beam accessories on decorative ceiling beams, proper preparation is required. While each beam accessory comes in a unique black color, many choose to spray paint the accessories with a flat matte color to make them appear nearly identical to real forged iron material. Once the beam accessory is completely dried it can be installed.
Installing faux beam accessories to faux ceiling beams is a simple process and can be completed in just a few steps.
– Determine Where The Accessories Will Be Placed
– For Beam Straps, Perform Necessary Trimming
– Apply Adequate Construction Adhesive to the Back of the Accessory
– Place the Beam Accessory on the Faux Wood Beam
– Let the Adhesive Dry and the Accessory Set In
Volterra Architectural Products is the largest manufacturer of the most distinctive line of flexible beam accessories that replicate forged iron. The selection of faux beam accessories includes beam straps, hangers, and plates, plus coordinating nuts, bolts, and clavos, all of which are made to add depth, detail, and put the finishing touches on decorative ceiling beams and truss designs.
Faux beam straps are among the most popular faux beam accessories manufactured by Volterra Architectural Products. The straps are produced to be made longer, as everyone’s beam size needs are different depending on the location of installation. Typically, the beam straps will need to be trimmed to fit perfectly on a faux wood beam.
Before applying a faux iron beam strap to a faux wood beam, you will need to record proper measurements to ensure a perfect fit. Once you have the right measurement, you can score the flexible material with a razor blade to trim it. It is important that the cut is clean and square for installation success. Before adding adhesive to the back of the strap to install, make sure all dust and debris is removed from the material and painted, if desired.
With faux wood ceiling beams and other architectural accents and details from Volterra Architectural Products, you can find just what you’re looking for to complete all of your interior or exterior decorating, remodeling, or home improvement projects without having to deal with cost, installation, and maintenance hassles that come with natural wood. Explore our selection of architectural products. If you still have questions that weren’t answered, don’t hesitate to contact Volterra customer service representative for further information.