Faux wood beams or ceiling planks are often used to enhance the look and feel of a space. However, these accents may also be installed to cover unwanted architectural and structural issues. These could be noticeable problems in the home's design, or modern enhancements that a homeowner dislikes. In either case, there are a variety of structural and architectural problems in homes of all ages.
Some of the most commonly seen architectural, structural or cosmetic problems in homes include:
- Uneven, cracked or bowed ceilings
- Popcorn ceilings
- Industrial-style exposed ductwork or plumbing
- Unsightly structural framing i.e. steel or laminated beams
- Outdated track lighting, recessed lighting or speakers
- Electrical wiring and conduit
The first rule of thumb is to make sure these unsightly problems aren't the sign of a potential safety hazard. Once you're in the clear, there are many ways to use faux beams or planks as a simple, inexpensive fix for permanent problems, or ones you just don't want to remove and/or fix yourself. Whether the issue is concealed by installing several faux beams or covering the entire ceiling with planks, both are fairly easy ways to fix structural and cosmetic issues. One installed, most people find that not only is the problem hidden, but they've completely transformed the look of the room.
More Than Just Ceilings
There are also a variety of products if your architectural or structural issues are located on the walls as opposed to ceilings. Cracks, holes, and water damage are just some of many unsightly issues found on walls. If installing new drywall, painting or covering holes isn't a desirable solution, faux stone, brick and other wall panels are options to cover the issue. One of the greatest advantages of these panels is that they help enhance the look of your home while serving as a mechanism to conceal the flaw.