Frequently Asked Questions About Faux Steel I Beams

Frequently Asked Questions About Faux Steel I Beams

Many interior design trends come and go, but some show no signs of ending anytime soon. Of the trends that are here to stay, it seems that homeowners are continuing to gravitate towards minimalist, industrial, or modular design. We’re seeing more steel and metals being incorporated into interior design to make a statement in both form and function. 

 

Steel ceiling beams are a staple in modern industrial design, but not every home requires this type of structural support. That’s where Faux Steel I Beams from Volterra Architectural Products come in. With 

these decorative ceiling beams, homeowners can incorporate industrial appeal to their space. To learn more about Volterra’s faux steel ceiling beams, continue reading as we answer some frequently asked questions.

What Are Faux Steel Beams Made Of?

Each decorative steel beam is constructed of real Poplar hardwood. The planks are painted to replicate the appearance of real steel. This wood is not only light and long-lasting, but it’s also rust-free and susceptible to corrosion like real steel beams. Once they are installed, it will be very difficult to tell that they are wood and not steel!

I beam images in an industrial beach house

How Much Do Steel Beams Cost?

The most popular sizes of Volterra decorative steel beams are 6×6 and 8×8, with the starting cost for 48” beams ranging from $225 to $290 per beam. The cost of each beam is decided by the measurements and extras chosen, as well as delivery. Choosing these easy-to-install faux steel beams can help you save a lot of money, considering what it would cost to install real steel ceiling beams with a lot of the expense coming from labor.

What Sizes Can Faux Steel Beams Be Ordered In?

Volterra manufactures faux steel beams in nine different sizes and 20 different lengths ranging from 48” to 288”. This makes ordering faux steel beams for the space you want to install them in very easy. Simple measure the space beforehand and you should have a good idea of which sizes you’ll need. If you want assistance choosing the right beam dimensions for your project, contact a Volterra customer care representative.

faux steel i beam

Can These Be Used In Place of Structural Steel Beams?

Volterra’s faux steel beams, and other architectural details, are not designed to be used for structural purposes. These decorative steel beams are perfect for individuals who want to replicate the look of real steel ceiling beams without having to deal with the expense or difficulty of installation.

Faux Steel I Beams from Volterra are a great way to add new life and modern, minimalistic, and industrial style to any home or building without spending thousands on renovations. To learn more about these faux steel beams and other products manufactured by Volterra Architectural Products, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently Asked Questions About Faux Wood Vigas

Frequently Asked Questions About Faux Wood Vigas

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!

doug fir ridge and rafter faux beams in dining room

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.

Faux Wood Beams For Popular Rooms

Faux Wood Beams For Popular Rooms

Enhance Home Interior Design With Decorative Ceiling Beams

Installing wood ceiling beams is a great way to add interest and detail to the rooms in your home. Incorporating solid, natural wood ceiling beams into your interior design is not a cheap project, however. Fortunately, Volterra Architectural Products manufactures faux wood beams that offer the same look and interior enhancement of solid natural wood beams, but at a more affordable cost and without the installation and maintenance hassles. 

Volterra’s decorative ceiling beams are available in a wide selection of different styles, types, and finishes. This makes it easy to find faux wood beams for virtually any room interior. Below, we share some great options for the most popular rooms to install faux wood ceiling beams.

Master Bedroom

The look of exposed beams can bring a warming and comfort-boosting effect to a master bedroom.  The best faux wood beams for a master bedroom will be dependent on the interior design style and color scheme. For modern bedrooms, you can’t go wrong with Volterra’s Doug Fir or Majestic faux wood beams in a light or dark finish. Certain collections, including Rustic, Rough Sawn, and Hand Hewn faux wood beams look great in traditional or rustic spaces.

An image of Volterra’s faux wood beams installed in a bedroom.
An image of Volterra’s faux wood beams installed in a kitchen.

Kitchen 

The kitchen is often the most valued space in a home. Many people dream of having an elegant, open kitchen and faux wood beams can help you head in the right direction. Installing faux wood beams in the kitchen adds visual appeal to the space, creates balance, and helps improve functionality. Depending on the interior design goals of your kitchen, Rustic, Doug Fir, or any of the faux wood beam collections offered by Volterra should fit nicely.

Living Room

Living or family rooms are perfect for faux wood beams, especially those that have high cathedral ceilings. Installing them will add a sense of comfort and help contribute toward creating a space that is perfect for any occasion, from hosting guests to having a family movie night. When trying to determine which faux wood beams are best for your living area, consider the surrounding decor, the lighting the space receives, and your style preference. Volterra will have the perfect option.

An image of Volterra’s faux wood beams installed in a family room.
An image of Volterra’s faux wood beams installed in a hallway.

Hallway

Hallways aren’t really thought of when it comes to the interior design of a home. Sure, you can hang some photos or art on the wall and incorporate unique accent lighting, but other than that, there isn’t too much going on. However, installing faux wood beams is a great way to bring some depth to these long and narrow spaces. If you have a main hallway that has a lighter color scheme, any of Volterra’s faux wood beams in a darker finish will look great.

No matter what room you are wanting to enhance, faux wood beams from Volterra Architectural Products are a great way to transform the interior design of any space. Shop our collection of faux wood beams today or check out our faux steel beams or natural wood box beams. 

Faux Ceiling Beam Ideas for Any Interior Design Styles

Faux Ceiling Beam Ideas for Any Interior Design Styles

Enhance Your Interior Spaces With Decorative Ceiling Beams

Let’s face it, some things won’t ever budge from your dream home wish list, and ceiling beams are one of them. Exposed ceiling beams add textural detail and visual appeal in addition to a framing quality that makes other interior elements pop. If you have always wanted to incorporate ceiling beams in your home, decorative ceiling beams from Volterra Architectural Products are just what you need.


Volterra’s non-structural ceiling beams are available in a selection of different types and styles. Choose between faux steel ceiling beams, faux wood ceiling beams, and natural wood ceiling beams, each of which is available in different textures and finishes. With all the different options available, Volterra makes it easy to find faux ceiling beams for virtually any interior space! Here are some ideas to help you find interior-enhancing decorative beams no matter what the style is.

An image of dark Volterra faux wood beams in a modern farmhouse kitchen.

MODERN FARMHOUSE

If you think back to a few years ago, farmhouse-style interior design was all the rage. That style, however, has evolved into something that is a bit more modern. Modern farmhouse interior design is all about incorporating rustic elements in a fresh and airy way—think Joanna Gains! Both faux wood beams and natural wood box beams can help bring out the best elements in modern farmhouse design.

INDUSTRIAL

An urban look with an edge, industrial interior design is characterized by raw textures, exposed elements, and metal fixtures and finishes. It is a look that is popular in lofts and warehouses. The style emphasizes ample use of exposed steel with distressed wooden elements, frequently complemented by exposed brick walls. Volterra’s faux steel I beams can help you achieve an authentic industrial look. If steel isn’t the vibe you’re going for, decorative wood beams will look great too.

An image of Volterra’s faux steel I beams.
An image of Volterra’s rough sawn faux wood beams in an espresso finish.

TRADITIONAL

Traditional interior design is one of the industry’s most well-known styles. Traditional interiors use ornately detailed tables and chairs made from dark wood, drawing inspiration from 18th & 19th Century England and France. Decorative wood ceiling beams are a perfect addition to these spaces. They help bring out the underpinning elements and important pieces that are incorporated into the overall design of a space.

SOUTHWESTERN

Southwestern interior design encompasses the look of the “Wild West”. While the style melds together elements from multiple cultures and periods of history, it’s translatable to modern homes today. Southwestern interiors gather their inspiration from the soft lines of adobe houses, Spanish textiles, ironwork, and nature. It features various textures and warm color palettes as well. Any of Volterra’s decorative ceiling beams — faux steel, faux wood, or real wood — can be easily incorporated into Southwestern interiors.

An image of Volterra’s faux wood beams in Southwestern style interior design.

No matter what type of interior style you’re looking to enhance, Volterra’s collection of decorative ceiling beams are sure to bring depth and appeal to the space. Shop our selection today to find beams that will compliment your interior design and contact Volterra’s customer support team if you need assistance.

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.

 

3 Ways to Bring Natural Elements Into Your Home

Spending time in nature has the ability to ease the mind, reduce stress, and refresh the body. But depending on where you live, you may not be able to get to spend as much time immersed in nature as you would like. If this sounds all too familiar, adding natural elements into your home can help you bridge the gap between your abode and being outdoors.

Not only are natural elements a fantastic way to refresh your interior design, but they also can create a fresh, welcoming feel to your home. In this blog, we’ll share some great ways that you can bring natural and organic elements into your interior theme.

Purchase Houseplants

One of the easiest ways to bring nature into your home is to purchase houseplants. Introducing more greenery will enhance any space — not only do they add a decorative touch, but they can also improve your mood by filtering noxious pollutants from the air. Here are some great houseplants to consider incorporating into your interior design.

  • English Ivy – A glossy-leafed, dark green ivy plant can bring elegance and charm to any space. 
  • Fiddle-Leaf Fig – Easily recognizable and loved for its distinctive foliage, the Fiddle-Leaf Fig has very large, heavily-veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright.
  • Snake Plant – A snake plant is very easy to care for. Its architectural nature fits well with modern and contemporary interior designs.

There are so many different houseplants that would be great additions to your interior theme! Each has different care requirements regarding watering, sunlight, and temperature. Make sure you choose houseplants that you will be able to maintain to ensure that the spaces in your home are always fresh and vibrant.

Use Marble

Whatever your style, using marble elements is one of the easiest ways to refresh any space with a touch of natural, unexpected flair — plus a whole lot of class. Marble boasts a sophisticated color palette expertly refined by nature. Adding marble countertops in the kitchen, or a marble vanity in the bathroom, are both great ways to add an elegant-yet-natural finish to the most used spaces in your home. 

Install Real Wood Ceiling Beams and Planks

The look of natural wood can drastically enhance your interior spaces. Installing real wood ceiling beams and Tongue and Groove planks is a great way to create visual interest and bring a unique flair to your home. Whether used in the kitchen, living room, or the master bedroom, installing real wood beams on the ceiling is sure to bring a distinctive, austere elegance to any room. 

You can purchase real wood ceiling beams and planks from Volterra Architectural Products. Volterra’s selection of real wood beams are hand fabricated from natural timber. They are available in a wide variety of finishes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your interior spaces. Additionally, if your space or budget cannot support natural timber beams, Volterra also manufactures a wide selection of durable, lightweight faux wood beams

If you enjoy being in nature and want to incorporate it into your humble abode, start with these three suggestions! If you’re interested in adding real wood beams to your interior spaces, check out the selection offered by Volterra Architectural Products 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!

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.

Choose a Roof Truss Design Carefully to Bring out the Best in Your Home

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.