The secret to why our faux wood beams look so realistic is that they’re made using actual molds of real wood and timber. Our innovative molding process captures every grain, knot and imperfection, and then we recreate them perfectly in tough and durable molded polyurethane foam.
But what do the different product descriptions actually mean? If you’ve ever wondered what the differences are between different types of faux wood beams, this handy guide should fill you in:
- Timber Beams: Timber beams are molded from old wooden timbers, the ones used in the construction of historic homes and buildings. Because of their age, they’re uniquely patterned after decades of wear, tear and erosion. While the beams themselves are as structurally sound as ever, the unique aged look adds character and a historic appearance.
- Sandblasted Beams: Timber beams are still widely used in construction today, and one technique frequently used to finish and prepare them is sandblasting. Sandblasting is the high-pressure application of fine sand, which wears down the surface of the beam to smooth out saw marks and imperfections, while retaining the texture of grains and knots.
- Custom Tuscany Beams: The unique look of these beams comes from “distressing” them by hand; usually with an ax. This adds uniquely textured imperfections and marks in the wood that are characteristic of “old world” timber, especially popular in Spain, Italy and the south of France.
- Custom Woodland Beams: Woodland beams are the default style; machine-sawn and finished to combine a clean appearance with the texture and character of grains, knots and other imperfections. They’re a great choice for adding the character of real wood to a home design project, yet retaining a fresh and modern appearance.
- Custom Axed Beam: The dramatic texture of the custom axed beam comes from the way it’s made; chopped to shape using nothing more than an ax, as pioneers and pilgrims might have done. This technique adds a distinctive and vivid pattern to the wood, which is perfect for rustic or frontier-style design projects.
- Custom Hand Hewn Beams: Similar in style to the custom axed beam, hand hewn beams are cut to size using a hand-saw – a strenuous and time-consuming task that leaves a distinctive pattern to the finished product. Again, these beams are ideal for giving the appearance of a homestead or ranch; rustic and hand-crafted.
- Custom Aspen Beams: This style of beam features a distinctive raised grain appearance, and takes its name from the towering Rocky Mountain redwoods and other deep-grain timber used to source the wood from. These beams are popular with people trying to achieve a cabin or ski-lodge look to their home design projects.
- Custom Resawn Beams: Resawing is a mechanical cutting technique used in the timber industry towards the end of the 19th century. Resawing technology gave beams and planks from that era a unique and desirable look; making them sought after by homeowners and designers looking to add a little period charm to their projects.
- Chamfered Beams: These beams are distinctive because of their chamfered edges – beveled to give a smoother edge to the corners. Commonly used in chateaus and monastery’s in 16th and 17th century France, they’re an option still popular in modern-day hunting lodges and other design projects looking to add a distinctive, period look.
- Pecky Cypress Beams: Increasingly rare and sought-after, pecky cypress beams are made from the wood of cypress trees that have become riddled with the stereum taxodil fungus. This creates hollow spots in the wood, which give it a unique and desirable appearance. One reason going “faux” is a better option than using authentic pecky cypress is because modern lumbering means pecky cypress is increasingly difficult, and expensive, to get hold of.