The faux wood beams vs real wood beams debate will more than likely come up as you consider installing ceiling beams in your home.
With different opinions and information out there on which one is better, we created our top four reasons why choosing faux wood ceiling beams is preferred to highlight the advantages of choosing faux wood.
Lightweight vs. Heavy
Our polyurethane foam material is extremely lightweight.
For example, one of our 6"x6"x20’ beams weighs about 36 lbs. Compare this to the same size real wood beam weighing about 600 lbs, and the decision is obvious. You would need the help of a forklift to install real wood beams of this size. Also, depending on a few factors, they could potentially cause stress to the structure of your home.
Faux wood beams are so light because they are hollowed out. This allows you to run cables, cords, ductwork or whatever you might want or need through these beams. The risk of injury is much lower with faux wood beams, making them an easy DIY project.
Affordable vs. Expensive
Our faux wood ceiling beams save you money throughout the entire project. Upfront, they are less expensive compared to real wood. You get the same look at a fraction of the price.
They also save you money when it comes to installation costs. Because of their lightweight nature, faux wood beams are easier to install yourself, without having to hire a professional. All you need are a few supplies and maybe an extra set of hands.
Faux wood beams also pay off financially in the long run. There’s no need to worry about upkeep or future restorations.
Low vs. High-maintenance
The high-density polyurethane material we use is all-weatherproof, termite-resistant, and fade-resistant. Faux wood products are dependable and long-lasting, so they’re a great option if you desire a maintenance-free product.
The moisture-resistant quality means they’re suitable for indoor and outdoor use. While real wood is strong and durable, it requires a lot of added attention. This includes annual sealing, periodic re-staining, and re-painting, as well as other treatments to stay healthy. Faux wood, however, endures for decades without the risk of rot.
Infestation is also a concern you won’t have with faux wood ceiling beams. Polyurethane doesn’t attract insects like real wood does as it requires a careful watch for signs of termites, hornets/wasps nests, and other wood-boring critters.
Versatile vs. Limited
With faux wood ceiling beams, you have a multitude of options.
AZ Faux Beams offers 8 different beam styles in addition to countless colors and stains allowing you to truly customize your home to match your own unique, personal taste.
Because of their design, there are endless possibilities for how they can be used. You can place them along your vaulted ceilings to give your space a dramatic effect, or you could install them horizontally to bring a comfortable and welcoming feel to your home.
When To Choose Faux Wood Ceiling Beams
When it comes to structural support, real wood beams are the recommended option because of their weight. However, if you aren’t looking to support walls and use beams structurally, faux wood is hands down the better way to go.
At AZ Faux Beams, we provide high-quality faux wood ceiling beams to contractors, designers, and homeowners alike. We trust that our array of quality products will be inspirational, and we are looking forward to working with you on your future faux wood projects.