What Are Architectural Beams?

Posted By Volterra Sep 21, 2015

Architectural beams have evolved from being solely structural elements to becoming key components in interior design. At Volterra Architectural Products, we offer faux wood beams that combine the classic charm of natural wood with modern manufacturing techniques. These beams enhance both the structural integrity and aesthetic appeal of various spaces.

Historical Role of Architectural Beams

Historically, the primary purpose of architectural beams was to uphold the structural integrity of buildings. In construction engineering, beams were typically solid pieces of timber installed horizontally across large openings to support substantial loads above, such as floors or roofs. These beams were known as floor joists or roof joists, respectively, and were made from materials like iron, wood, and steel.

Evolution into Decorative Elements

Over time, architects and designers began to recognize the aesthetic potential of exposed beams. High ceilings adorned with beams added visual interest and character to the interiors. Today, while beams still play a crucial structural role, they are often incorporated purely for decorative purposes. This shift has opened up new possibilities for using beams to enhance the look and feel of a room.

Benefits of Faux Wood Beams

Volterra’s faux wood ceiling beams offer the same visual appeal as natural wood without the associated drawbacks. Cast from natural wood beams, our faux beams perfectly replicate the surface textures and wood-grain details of real wood. Made from high-density polyurethane foam (HDF), these beams are lightweight, easy to install, and resistant to warping, rotting, and chipping.

Ease of Installation and Affordability

One of the standout features of Volterra’s faux wood beams is their ease of installation. Unlike natural wood beams, which require the effort of multiple strong individuals to lift and position, our HDF beams can be handled with ease. This simplicity in installation translates to reduced labor costs and a more straightforward setup. Additionally, faux wood beams are more affordable than traditional timber beams, making them an excellent choice for budget-conscious projects.

Enhance Your Space with Volterra’s Faux Wood Beams

Architectural beams have come a long way from their purely functional origins. Today, they serve as both structural supports and decorative elements that add charm and character to any space. Volterra’s faux wood beams provide a cost-effective, easy-to-install alternative to natural wood, offering all the beauty without the hassle. Explore our range of faux wood beams and transform your home or commercial space. Contact us today to learn more or to place an order.