How Fake Ceiling Beams Are Made

Posted By Paul Birkhead Sep 30, 2020

With the many benefits of installing fake ceiling beams rather than solid wood, it is no wonder that so many homeowners are taking advantage of this beautiful product. Not only are they lightweight, cost effective, and able to properly emulate the look and texture of real wood, but they also have a very unique manufacturing process that makes them virtually maintenance free. High Quality HDF HDF is another name for the high density polyurethane foam used to create gorgeous and practical ceiling beams. This two-element mixture between a closed cell structure and a urethane resin generates a lightweight product that requires very little upkeep and is resistant to both water and pests. This unique product also will not warp, crack, or expand with weather conditions as natural wood does. Molds Created From Actual Wood In order to create the unique molds used to form faux wood beams, an imprint is taken directly from fresh lumber in order to properly emulate the fine detail of the grain, knots, and other imperfections that are typically littered throughout solid wood beams. Depending on the style of your home, there are many unique wood textures to choose from, including Doug Fir, Rough Sawn, Sand Blast, Hand Hewn and Tuscany. Manufactured ceiling beams that have been generated using these molds maintain a great deal of character and the beautifully imperfect qualities that realistically emulate the look of solid wood. Creating the Perfect Finish Once your beam has been molded and set, there are many distinctive finishes that can be used to coincide with any style of home. For a more traditional look, a deep mahogany stain can be applied to any HDF beam to allow the striking reddish hues to shine through the faux wood grain. If you are after a more transitional or classic style, a deep espresso or walnut hue can add the perfect architectural element to a newly renovated room. Using versatile and practical HDF foam to create fake ceiling beams is an excellent way to maintain all of the textured detail of real wood molds. Once your beam is finished with a stunning stain or coat of paint, it can be nearly impossible to tell whether your beams are real or faux. To learn more about how fake ceiling beams are made, or for information on the HDF beams available at Volterra, call 602.258.7373 today.