1. The Benefits of Faux Beams
First of all, it’s important to understand why faux beams are, in many ways, superior to wood beams. The first thing you probably noticed immediately after purchasing your beams, especially if you shopped around and have previously considered real wood beams, is the difference in price. Faux wood beams are made to look very realistic and often, it’s nearly impossible the tell the difference just by sight. But affordability isn’t the only benefit. Faux beams can be used indoors or outdoors to dress up any space. They’re easy to install. They come in multiple styles, colors and textures. They’re also lightweight, extremely durable, and easy to maintain.
2. Installation Is a Breeze
Even more, cost-savings are realized when you don’t have to hire a professional to install your faux wood beams. Wood beams are heavy, cumbersome and difficult to install. Faux beams are more lightweight, easy to work with, and can be installed very quickly—even if you aren’t a professional! However, it is important to note that time should be taken to prepare for the installation. This includes making sure you have all of the necessary supplies, mapping out where your beams would be installed, and taking your time to ensure everything is done properly and safely.
3. Before Installing, Acclimate Your Beams
This tip may sound difficult, but it’s quite simple. Ready for the steps? Before installing, allow your beams to sit in the room in which they will be installed for at least 24 hours. That’s it—it’s that easy. Like real wood, faux wood can expand and shrink in different temperatures and climates. Allowing your beams to become acclimated will prevent problems with installation, starting you off on the right path to your room renovation.
4. Your Beams Can Be Used Just About Anywhere
The most common way that faux beams are used is on the ceiling, but did you know that there are other uses? When cut and installed properly, faux beams can be used to accent many areas of your home. Wood beams can be used to frame an open doorway, and they can even be used in outdoor spaces. However, please note that you must select beams that are rated to withstand the elements if you opt to install them outdoors.
5. Keep Your Home (and Your Family) Safe
Faux beams are easy to install, but there’s no sense in rushing through the process. Doing so and skipping critical steps could result in damage to your home…or worse. It’s important that you properly secure your faux beams screws. While installing through studs is ideal, a beam not on a stud should be installed using anchors.
6. Caring for Your Faux Beams
Maintaining your wood beams couldn’t be easier. Typically, all you need to do to keep your beams looking beautiful is to dust them as needed. However, if your beams do get much dirtier (such as caked on dust), you can clean them using a soft cloth, water, and a mild detergent.
7. My Beams Are Too Long!
If you haven’t yet installed your faux beams and you find they’re too long, don’t worry. This is actually a GOOD thing. You want to make sure that the beams you purchased are longer than the size you need. During the installation process, you will measure and cut your beams to the size needed for your space.
8. Faux Wood Beams Are Safe to Use Anywhere
With so many products containing harmful chemicals, it’s natural to question whether faux beams emit any gases or contain any chemicals that can be harmful to your home or family. When purchasing high-quality faux beams, you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals or odors.
9. I Don’t Have the Time/Skills to Install My Beams
Even if you’ve never taken on a remodeling project before, lightweight faux beams are easy to install, even for beginners. Depending on the size of your project, it can take as little as a few hours to have your beautiful beams properly installed. However, if you just don’t have the time or the proper supplies, any general contractor in your area can generally tackle the task.
10. Built to Last
Will your faux beams hold up through the years like real wood? Absolutely! In fact, because you don’t have to worry about insect damage, warping, or other problems that come with real wood, you can enjoy your low-maintenance beams for many years. Guarantees and warranties are also available to ensure you’ve selected a quality product. Check with the manufacturer or distributor for more information.
As you can see, faux beams are an ideal addition to any home. Faux beams are one of the hottest trends in new constructions and remodeled homes, and it’s easy to see why. Now that you see all of the benefits, isn’t it time you transform your home?