A corbel is a wall beam used in construction to support a shelf, mantel or small projecting wall. Decorative wood corbels can add a touch of style to any home – both indoors and out. Fake wood corbels come in many different styles ranging from very simple to extremely ornate. They have the appearance of elaborately carved wood, but cost much less than the real thing. Aside from their affordability, there are many other benefits to using fake wood corbels, including their durability, versatility and ease of installation. The wood corbels available at Volterra Architectural Products are made of high-density polyurethane foam which is cast from real-wood molds. The result is a durable and elegant finished product that looks just like real wood. We also offer four different textures of fake wood corbels: mill cut, Doug Fir, saw cut, and smooth. Which texture you choose will depend on the architectural style of your home and your personal preferences. These corbels can then be painted or stained to match the décor of your home. Decorative wood corbels are not load-bearing structures, so they can be easily installed using a power drill and a couple of wood screws or nails. Simply drill holes in the back of the corbel, and hang on screws or nails affixed to a wood stud in the wall. It’s that easy. Fake wood corbels can also be easily uninstalled, moved and reinstalled if you ever choose to redecorate your home. Installing wood corbels beneath fireplace mantels, shelves and other projections in your home can add architectural interest that can serve as a focal point in a room. If you’re considering fake corbels for your upcoming home remodel, call 602.258.7373 today. Volterra offers a wide selection of faux wood corbels at very affordable prices in Phoenix and throughout the Southwest.
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How to Install Faux Wood Corbels
Wood corbels can be applied in a variety of settings. They are a great way to spruce up the exterior millwork surrounding your home. The issue with corbels made from real wood, however, is that in just a few years they can begin to split, rot, and deteriorate. If you want to create a unique and attractive home exterior and enhance your home’s overall curb appeal with wood corbels, rather than using real wood, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and hassle by choosing faux wood corbels.
At Volterra Architectural Products, we are a leading manufacturer of decorative corbels and other polyurethane architectural details. Our faux wood corbels are manufactured with a high-density foam material, therefore, they are more lightweight, durable, and cost-effective, yet replicate the appearance of real Doug Fir corbels.
How to Install Faux Wood Corbels
The benefits of Volterra’s decorative corbels are too good to pass up. Installing them is a breeze and we’re going to prove it. In this blog, our experts share how to properly install faux wood corbels to the exterior of your home. To see these steps in action, check out this step-by-step video.
Step #1: Mark Where You’ll Cut a Notch
You’ll need to cut out a notch so that the faux wood corbels will fit tightly underneath the fascia board. To find the proper cutting spot, place the corbel on the exterior wall where you will be installing the corbel. Make a mark on the top where you’ll cut a notch. After you have made the markings, use a square to draw clean lines for the notch.
Step #2: Use a Saw to Make Small Cuts
Next, you’ll need to get a standard wood cutting hand saw. Using medium pressure, make two slight cuts on the markings you made — where the fascia will fit into the corbel. Then, use a utility knife to make the other two cuts perpendicular to the saw cuts. After that, use a chisel and mallet to chisel out the notch at a slight angle.
Step #3: Screw Wood Blocking to the Wall
Screw a pre-cut two-by-four wood block to the exterior wall through the stucco system and into the structural blocking inside of the wall cavity. The block will fit firmly in the back of the corbel. To secure the wood block, we recommend placing a screw in each corner.
Step #4: Secure the Faux Wood Corbel to the Wood Block
Now that the wood block is screwed into the wall, you should be able to fit the corbel over it firmly. Using exterior-grade screws, fasten the corbel to the wood blocking. Make sure to countersink a screw slightly into the corbel. Then, screw the corbel to the fascia board.
Step #5: Install the Blocks
Many homes that have exterior corbels have small wooden blocks in between. If you plan on installing them, do so now. Volterra’s corbels and blocks are manufactured with HDF material. Most of our HDF products have a cavity in the back that allows for a block or cleat to be used for fastening purposes. Screws are typically enough to hold these products in place.
Step #6: Apply High-Grade Exterior Caulking
Once you have the corbels and blocks fastened, use high-grade exterior caulking to seal the corbels where they meet the fascia board. You can use the caulking to also fill in any visible screw holes. Wood putty or auto bonding can also be used to fill in screw holes for a nice texture.
Step #7: Add Any Finishing Touches
You can order faux wood corbels primed or in five available exterior grade stains. Whichever style or types of corbels you order, do a final inspection to make sure that there aren’t any finishing touches required. You may need to add some stain or do some sanding to smooth out the dried caulking.
With all the proper tools and materials, installing these faux wood corbels is an easy weekend project for a handy homeowner. Once installed to your exterior, your home will have a custom look that is sure to add some flair to the curb appeal of your home.
Purchase Faux Wood Corbels Today
When it comes to decorative corbels, Volterra has a variety of sizes and styles to choose from that replicate the appearance of Doug Fir — such as cove corbels, scroll corbels, and more — making it easy to find something that matches the appearance of your home’s exterior. We have faux wood corbels for both interior and exterior use, both of which require virtually no maintenance and will still last twice as long as real wood corbels would be expected to.
Whether you want to install corbels for the first time or are looking for a durable, cost-effective solution to replace your old, weather-beaten real wood corbels, we encourage you to shop our selection of Doug Fir corbels today!
What Is Curb Appeal Really Worth?
A lot of times, when you’re talking about a major renovation to a home, you will hear something about the added curb appeal of the completed project. This is usually in reference to your return on investment when you’re considering how much to spend. Unfortunately, curb appeal is hardly measurable in real numbers, so it’s important to know what it’s really worth if you plan on selling your home.
What Is Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is the rather subjective measure of how attractive your home appears to passersby from the street level. In the past, this was an important metric when it came to photo books full of houses for sale. Today, curb appeal plays a slightly different role in the real estate market, and its definition has expanded to include more of a “first impression” whether viewing the house from the street or from an initial photograph. Either way, curb appeal is definitely something you want to have.
Why It’s Important
When you’re in a competitive housing market, curb appeal can be a major factor in getting more potential buyers into your home. If there are tons of houses on the market, it stands to reason that buyers will look at the most attention-grabbing ones first, which typically means the ones that look best on the outside. Of course, if the outside of your home is lacking, your agent may opt for a magazine-worthy image of your glistening kitchen instead to create that first visual impact. The more buyers you get looking at your home, the more likely you are to get a good offer, and the sooner you can go under contract. If you’re waiting to close on another house this can be a lifesaver.
Increasing Curb Appeal
There are many ways to increase curb appeal on your house. A fresh exterior with neatly painted trim is a good start. It makes your home look modern, and ensures that it stands out from all the other pictures on the web. In addition, clean landscaping and a beautifully accented entryway can also do the trick. You can even dress up your home’s exterior with ornamental trim, corbels, or shutters from Volterra Architectural Products. These inexpensive changes can not only increase the beauty of your home, but increase its value to potential buyers.
For more creative ways to add curb appeal to your house, visit Volterra online. We are happy to help you find products that will match your trim and fit the style of your home for added curb appeal.]]>
Achieving Southwest Style Ceilings
Throughout the Southwest there are many traditional styles of homes. While there are fewer and fewer houses boasting the classic adobe look, modern homes have borrowed a few architectural elements from the Southwest style. For instance, viga beams, which were a staple of Southwestern homes, have found their way into modern ceiling designs to great affect. If this is the style you’re after, here’s how it can be accomplished using today’s faux wood beam products.
What Are Viga Beams?
Viga beams are large structural beams that were commonly seen in adobe houses and other Southwestern homes. These beams were typically made of rough hewn logs, and retained much of their natural character. Today, many builders still go for this rustic look, but modern builders sometimes use squared beams instead. Unlike European inspired ceiling beams, another feature of Viga beams is that they often run around the room in concentric circles working out toward the edge of the room or in the same direction as the ceiling’s longest stretch.
In addition to Viga beams, many Southwest style homes also feature ceiling planks. These flat planks slide together to create a beautifully textured ceiling finish. In some cases, the ceiling is covered by these planks first, and then the viga beams are installed beneath them, adding multiple dimensions to the look. The best way to do this is to install the beams perpendicular to the direction that the planks run, which will draw the eye upward. In addition, using larger beams over the planks creates a more pronounced look, and you can even choose a darker color for the beams to accent the light colored planks.
Another staple of Southwest style architecture is the protrusion of beams on the exterior of the house. You can add these accents to the outside of your home along the roofline use faux wood accents. These small sections are designed to mount easily to the exterior surface of your home and match your trim. These can be installed even if the interior of your home does not have matching beams. You can also find matching shutters and vents that look great with these exterior posts and dress up your windows and any high points on your roof. There are many distinct facets of Southwest style architecture, and with faux wood beams you can mix and match them to find a look that suits your home. To learn more about faux wood products and Southwest style accents, visit Volterra online and check out our gallery.]]>
What are High Density Foam Products?
<![CDATA[Have you ever heard of high density foam products? Better known as HDF, these products are used in a wide range of applications -- many of which you may have already encountered without knowing. High density foam products are extremely versatile and easy to work with, and they can be made to look like just about any other material, so you may not even realize they aren’t the real deal.
HDF Wood Beam ProductsOne of the most common types of high density foam products is wood beams. HDF wood beams are made specifically for decorative purposes, and easily replicate the look of sturdy ceiling beams or trusses at only a fraction of the weight. They are extremely easy to install and secure without fear of damaging the ceiling structure.
HDF Outdoor PlanksHigh density foam products are also ideal for use outside because they are not subject to rotting or breaking down like real wood. As such, you will see these products in spaces such as the ceilings of covered patio spaces. The finish on HDF planks is baked on at the time of manufacture, so they can stand the test of time even under bright sunshine or extreme weather. Volterra Architectural Products carries a wide range of high density foam products for your home’s interior and exterior. From your window trim to your floor boards, high density foam is a perfect solution that is both durable and easy to work with. Visit Volterra’s online gallery to see more of these products in action.]]>
4 Benefits of High Density Foam
High density polyurethane foam products have grown in popularity in the build and design industry and it really doesn’t come as a surprise. They are steadily replacing the love for natural wood and other interior design materials which dominated the industry for a long time.
At Volterra Architectural Products, we utilize quality high density foam to create faux wood beams, trusses, and other architectural details. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at what high density foam is and the benefits it offers.
What is High Density Foam?
High density foam is a type of polyurethane foam that is known for its high strength and durability. It is often used in construction and industrial applications where strength and stability are key. High density foam is also popular in the design world due to its ability to be shaped and molded into almost any form. This makes it the perfect material for creating faux wood beams, trusses, and other architectural details, which is why we utilize it here at Volterra.
High density foam is highly durable and will stand the test of time. Unlike wood, it will not warp, rot, or crack and is not susceptible to insect damage. Products manufactured with this material can last for over 20 years. The solid nature of the material also makes it usable in demanding outdoor environments.
High density foam products are versatile and can be used for a variety of applications. They can be cut, sawed, glued, screwed, and painted to create the desired look. Plus, as mentioned, it can be molded into almost any shape, making it the perfect material for use in architecture and design. Products can also be easily customized with different looks, designs and even colors.
It’s no secret that lumber prices have been on the rise in recent years. Fortunately, high density foam products offer a much more budget-friendly alternative to natural wood. In fact, foam products are typically 30-50% cheaper than their wood counterparts. The money you save on materials can be invested elsewhere in your project.
High density foam products are also much lighter than natural wood, making them much easier to work with. This can be a big advantage when it comes to the installation process. Volterra’s faux wood beams that are manufactured with high density foam, for example, will not come with the same installation hassle of real wood ceiling beams.
As you can see, there are many benefits to using high density foam products. You can find products that fit just about any application, but for those related to your interior needs, look no further than Volterra Architectural Products. We utilize high density foam to create faux wood beams, trusses, and other architectural details that are not only beautiful but also highly durable and cost-effective. Shop today!
3 Exterior Design Tips for Your Home
<![CDATA[Unknown to many home owners, the design of the outdoor face of your home is just as important as inside. Many times, designers concentrate too much on the inside and forget to give the exterior of their home a facelift. This should not be the case, because proper exterior remodeling and design will not only increase your property’s aesthetic value, but will add monetary value to the investment, especially if you are planning to sell at some point. The beauty of outdoor design and remodeling is in the variety of options to choose from. It does not need as much intricacy as interior design and is more pocket-friendly. If the exterior of your home looks plain and lacks character, then here are 3 simple tips to help you spice things up a little bit and give your home a unique look:
1. Accentuate windows and doors with trimsBeyond landscaping and the roof of your home, the front door and windows are the first things people notice when they approach any house. The last thing you want is for your front door and windows to lack character and give your guests a bad impression about your home. It only takes the addition of high quality trim to your front door and windows from Volterra Architectural Products to give your home charm and personality that will make a lasting first impression to your guests.
2. Add much needed curb appeal to your home using corbels and bracketsAdd some much needed curb appeal to your property by using our lavish and intricately designed decorative exterior brackets and corbels. The corbels can be used just below the roof or around the corners and edges of the house and will add subtle character to the walls.
3. Vents- simple, effective and eye-catchingAs much as vents are a necessity for ventilation, they can also be a good decorative element for the exterior. Peruse through the range of vents we have here in Volterra and choose the type and design of vents which will help eliminate the monotony of plain walls. Volterra Architectural Products offers a variety of products that can give your home an updated look. Help your home stand out from the crowd by contacting us on our website of by calling 602-258-7373.]]>
3 Clever Uses for Foam Corbels
<![CDATA[The finest details in the house always define the character and overall beauty of a home. From the choice of paint to the lighting, it is the little things that decide whether the final look will be classy or not. One such architectural detail that is often overlooked, but has massive impact on the final look of the house, is the corbel. Considered widely as just functional architectural elements, corbels offer more than just support. Because of the amount of detail they have, corbels are focal points in any home and contribute to the overall look. For a long time, they were considered expensive and unnecessary fancy brackets which only add to the budget. This has however changed because of the modern foam corbels made from polyurethane. They are far cheaper and offer more flexibility in terms of design and customization. Now that they are affordable, here are 3 places around your house where foam corbels can be effectively used to add to the beauty and character of the house:
1. Kitchen cabinetsFoam corbels are perfect for under kitchen cabinets because minimum support is required here. Since the cabinets are bolted to the walls, the foam corbels will be used solely for decoration. When fitted perfectly, foam corbels accentuate the kitchen cabinet giving ordinary builder-grade cabinets a custom look that is appealing to the eye.
2. FireplaceMany people omit the fireplace mantel when thinking about decorating their homes. This however, should not be the case because the fireplace can be a spectacle when decorated with the right elements. There is no better way of decorating your fireplace and giving it a grand look than dressing it up with foam corbels. Adding corbels underneath the mantel or on the floating shelf will give it an astonishingly elegant finish.
3. Kitchen counters and IslandsThe sides of most kitchen counters are often plain and simple. Curved foam corbels can be used to add elegance to the kitchen counters and offer a decorative element to kitchen counter overhangs. The results are truly amazing and your kitchen will be transformed forever. Island bar tops are beautifully accented with decorative corbels. Foam corbels are one of the fine details that can make or break the aesthetic of a house. They come either smooth or in a variety of textures and stain colors so you can find something that matches the other architectural elements in your home. They can also be painted to match colors or provide an accent. Volterra Architectural Products offers foam corbels in a variety of sizes and designs to spruce up your home. ]]>
Adding Corbels to Boost Curb Appeal
<![CDATA[Looking for quick ways to boost the curb appeal of your home without spending a ton? Corbels are a great way to give your home a stylish update in just a few hours. You can purchase corbels in a range of sizes and styles to match your home. They can easily be stained and installed in areas that will earn you a return.
Classic AppealCorbels are often used to give a home a distinguished classical look similar to the popular Victorian and Renaissance era. The multi-faceted corbels draw the eye toward long, graceful roof lines and window sills. They can be used to accent your paint scheme and make your home stand out from others on your street or you can match your corbels to your window shutters and trim to create a beautifully refined look.
Simple ApplicationWhen searching for ways to boost your curb appeal, many projects you may consider could end up being both time consuming and costly. For example, a full landscaping overhaul may cost significantly more than the return you will end up getting when you sell your home. By contrast, corbels are relatively inexpensive. You can also control the amount you spend by choosing from a wide variety of styles ranging from simple to highly ornate. The hardware and labor needed to install corbels is significantly less than what you would expect to pay to repaint your entire home. With so many neighborhoods being built with a cookie cutter approach, it can be difficult to make your house stand out from the mundane. Corbels offer a way to draw the attention of potential buyers who will be even more surprised if you use those same corbels throughout the interior of your home, giving it an even more unified appeal. Before you spend a fortune trying to prepare your house for the market, visit Volterra Architectural Products online or call at 602-258-7373 and see how corbels can change the whole look of your home. ]]>
Custom Corbels for Vintage Remodels
<![CDATA[If there is one architectural element that is nearly synonymous with elegance and class, it is tall ceilings accented by fancy corbels. From the White House to the new home construction next door, corbels are a great way to give any home a high end facelift. What you may not have noticed is that the corbels actually serve to tie together the design of the entire home. Anyone considering a remodel to give their home a vintage or classic look can benefit from custom corbels.