The demand for manufactured stone is growing more and more in the residential , commercial construction, landscaping, and masonry industry. Fake stone is very much in the main stream. Many years ago fake stone was mainly used in water installation projects. With new technology now available the demand is high for expertise in creating and working with fake stone.
Fake Stone like all of the fake rock products are made from state of the art synthetic material, polyurethane. Color pigments are used in molds to create the authentic look of actual stone. Technology is now using scratch resistant agents and additives to enhance the texture and fell of fake stone and brick. With countless variations of products on the market any project can be done easily and can be done as a “DIY” project. This process also is resistant to blunt trauma (neighbors child baseball goes array).
An interesting and creative approach is to create molds that look like actual stone. Molds are now being used to have the look of fieldstone (smooth and textured to resemble rocks plowed in farmland), soapstone, flagstone, slate as well as brick.
One should not be intimidated by working with faux stone. We are now seeing faux stone rock in all types and sizes of projects both commercial and residential. In commercial projects such as amusement parks and zoos.
The use faux stone and rock are being implemented to create realistic attractions, as well as replicas of natural like habitats for the animals. Water parks and other underwater attractions having been using faux stone and rock to recreate the feel and look of the Ocean. Golf course, hotels, resorts are taking advantage of the industry by using fake like stone and rock to create waterfalls and other natural looking displays for there guests to enjoy. Car dealerships are also jumping on the faux rock and stone band wagon. Many SUV dealerships are using faux stone and boulders to display off roading abilities of there vehicles.
Interior designers are also using faux stone, brick veneers, panels and to create a look and feel that is unique and adds character and charm to an office or business. Day spas are using this material to create a peaceful and “close to nature” approach for clients. This installation and construction of interior faux rock beds, quite streams of water coursing through is very popular.
Landscapers have been using faux stone for water installation projects for years, now you are seeing many outdoor projects. The landscaper is able to match the faux stone, brick or rock, to look similar to actual stone that are indigenous to that particular area. Using faux stone or brick for walkways, patios, or skirting around pools are ways that landscapers are using faux rock.
Faux stone is used both in interior and exterior projects. Many buildings are now using faux stone panels on the outside to look like real stone structures. Many builders are using this process instead of stucco or actual brick mason material.
“DIY” enthusiasts should not shy away from using faux stone. There are numerous home projects that are now being done. Many homeowners are using faux stone to create walkways, fireplaces and faux stone panels are also being applied to indoor walls to jazz up dens living rooms and even bathrooms. Outside of the home, faux stone is being used to create outdoor kitchens and barbeque areas. Patios, fire pits, rock gardens allowing the homeowner to have an oasis right outside there back doors. Gone are the days when the only thing in your back yard was lawn chairs, and maybe and above ground pool. Using faux stone products allow the homeowner to not only have the personal satisfaction of “getting there hands dirty” but also it increases the beauty and charm of there home. Those in the real-estate industry knows that esthetics can increase the value of property by the “curb appeal” alone.
Why use faux stone? Faux stone is centurion strong, durable able to handle the many changes and swings in the weather. Lightweight, faux stone and faux panels weight about one pound per square foot. The corners are in lineal foot. Buying by the square foot overall costs less and the ease of installation is much easier than that of traditional masonry products. Faux stone also adds structural support to any building but as mentioned earlier is lightweight and easy to work with.
Faux stone is here is stay and are being manufactured and used by project mangers, designers, landscapers, and even the homeowner to accentuate the home or commercial project. By using faux stone and rock allows for greater creativity at a more cost effective price, ensuring the integrity, and beauty of any project for years to come.