"Faux" is a french word. It means false, artificial or simulated.A high density polyurethane.
How long does it take to receive our beams from time of order?
It varies depending on the style of beam you pick. If you need something quick, look at our IN STOCK beams, such as our Timber, Sandblasted, Pecky Cypress, or Chalet Beams. We keep these beams in stock so that we can better serve you. They ship out in as quick as 5 to 10 business days. Our other faux beams are made to order and takes longer to receive. The turn around time is stated on the top of each beam page.
How much do your faux beams cost?
It depends on the style of beam you are interested in. Please pick a style you like on our Faux Beam Intro page. Click on the style you like, and scroll down for pricing.
Yes, we do provide a 15-year limited warranty on our products. Please click here to see more.
Barron Designs Inc. (dba FauxWoodBeams.com™) warrantees all Faux Products to withstand normal conditions for fifteen years. Barron Designs (dba FauxWoodBeams.com™) warrantees the Faux Products will not peel, crack, split, or rot.
Barron Designs (dba FauxWoodBeams.com™) warrantees against all manufacturer defects. (Barron Designs must be notified within 30 days of purchase if a manufacture defect was found). Damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, abuse, fire, hurricanes, tornados, improper installation, improper maintenance, acts of God, or use of products not approved by Barron Designs Inc shall not be covered under the warranty. Barron Designs Prefinished (Walnut) Faux Products (except Timber and Sandblasted Products) are stained with an exterior stain that contains a U.V. inhibitor. This prevents and/or slows down sun fading, but like anything left in the sun, some slight fading could occur. Barron Designs does not warranty against this sun fading.
When Barron Designs has determined that a Faux Product is defective, it will replace the product or a credit may be offered instead of replacement (at Barron Designs' discretion). Barron Designs' liability is limited to the cost of the defective product.
This warranty expressly excludes the following:
Misuse or abuse
Fire or flood
Distorting and warping from excessive heat
Mold and Mildew accumulation
Damage from shipping and Handling
Lightning, hurricane, tornado, windstorm, earthquake, or any other acts of god
Animal or birds
Color changes due to normal weathering including sunlight
Falling objects or impact of foreign objects
Damage from improper installation
Do the faux wood beams™ look real?
Everyone has the same reaction when they see our Faux Wood Beams™ for the first time. They have to touch one to "see" with their own hands that it is not real wood. Next they have to pick up the beam to see how light it is. Shocked, surprised, and delighted. They can't believe it.
What are the Faux Wood Beams™ and your other faux products made out of?
A high density polyurethane. Our products are NOT made from soft EPS Styrofoam. This enables us to make exact replicas of wood products without the worry of rotting, splitting, warping, and fading. Want to see the many benefits of polyurethane? Learn more by clicking here.
We do not use Formaldehyde in our manufacturing process.
Beams that made out of polyurethane do not admit toxic gasses or vapors.
We are preventing trees from getting cut down.
We use water (H20) based stains and finishes.
Our sophisticated manufacturing machinery prevents waste material in manufacturing.
Why styrofoam beams (also called STYRENE or EPS foam) are bad for the environment?
Styrofoam is bad for the environment because it does not dissolve. It may stay in the land fill for over 400 years or more. Sometimes the Styrofoam can kill fish and animals in the ocean. The Styrofoam breaks down into little pieces and the wind carries it away to the sea. It floats on the surface of the water and the fish think that it is food so they eat it, this may cause sickness. The fish cannot digest the Styrofoam so they die. Styrofoam can also cause sickness for us. When you drink out of a Styrofoam cup, the Polystyrene (the molecule of Styrofoam) can remove from the cup and dissolve into the liquid that you drink. Even if you drink a small portion of the polystyrene, that can cause fatigue, down-syndrome and even cancer.
Each year Americans throw away 1,369 tons of Styrofoam products every day. The NYC school system alone throws away 150 million Styrofoam meal trays annually.
Styrofoam is a notorious pollutant that is very difficult to recycle due to its light weight and low scrap value. It is generally not accepted in curbside programs, is seldom able to be reused, takes up a considerable amount of space in landfills, and takes a very long time to fully decompose. Due to the physical properties of polystyrene, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that "such materials can have serious impacts on human health, wildlife, and the aquatic environment" because the product breaks down and can clog waterways or be mistaken for food by wildlife.
Why Styrofoam beams are bad for your health?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer lists styrene as a possible human carcinogen, though this conclusion is primarily based on studies of workers in styrene-related chemical plants. The Vallombrosa Consensus Statement on Environmental Contaminants and Human Fertility Compromise includes styrene on its list of contaminants of possible concern, noting that even weak estrogen mimics can combine with other such chemicals to have negative effects even when the chemicals are individually present at levels that would have no impact. On the positive side, a 2005 expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that there is negligible concern for developmental toxicity in embryos and babies.
Studies suggest that styrene mimics estrogen in the body and can therefore disrupt normal hormone functions, possibly contributing to thyroid problems, menstrual irregularities, and other hormone-related problems, as well as breast cancer and prostate cancer. The estrogenicity of styrene is thought to be comparable to that of Bisphenol A, another potent estrogen mimic from the world of plastics.
Long-term exposure to small quantities of styrene is also suspected of causing:
Low platelet counts or hemoglobin values;
Chromosomal and lymphatic abnormalities;
Neurotoxic effects due to accumulation of styrene in the tissues of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, resulting in fatigue, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, and other acute or chronic health problems associated with the nervous system.
If I am a builder, designer, or architect do I get a discount?
We do offer a volume discount on large orders to the trades.
How light are they?
Our Faux Wood Beams™ weigh a small fraction of what a real wood beam would. One person can handle a 20' beam without a problem. There is no need for a crane or crew which you would need if it were a real wood beam. This will save you on shipping and labor costs! Each beam page has a link that states the weights.
What are the Differences between our "Sandblasted" styles?
Our regular Sandblasted Beams are a Lightly Distressed style. They are molded from wood beams that have undergone a light sandblasting to make the grain stand out.
Custom Heavy Sandblasted beams are a Heavily Distressed style. Their available in 1000s of custom size variations. Heavily Sandblasted beams are molded from wood beams which have undergone a more thorough sandblasting which makes their grooves and grain pattern deeper & more pronounced.
Custom Sandblasted Beams are a Lightly Distressed style available in 1000s of custom size variations. They are similar in look to our regular Sandblasted Beams. Dye lots used in the finishes of Custom Sandblasted Beams may vary from the non-custom Sandblasted version, therefore they should not be mixed together in a project.
What colors do the come in?
It depends on which style you choose. Please refer to the diagram below. You may also visit painting and staining for more information.
* Unfinished beams can be easily stained or painted to match any decor. Unfinished Timber and Sandblasted beams come unprimed. All other unfinished beams come pre-primed. ** These beams are prepped for painting and come pre-primed in white.
Yes, our polyurethane products are pest proof, UV stable, water proof, termite proof, will not rot, are maintenance free. Unlike wood, after you install them you will never have to worry about them again.
Note: Any Timber or Sandblasted Beams and/or Corbels intended to be used in an exterior application needs to be top coated with a high quality clear coat exterior polyurethane with a UV inhibitor to protect the stain from fading.
The easiest, fastest and preferred way is to order online. Just click on the order button. Our site is completely safe and secure. Or you can fax or phone in an order.
What countries do you ship to?
We ship to all countries. If you live outside United States or Canada, please call us for more information.
Do you have any stores or showrooms in my area?
No, you are in our online showroom. To keep the cost to you down, we can only be found online.
How do the Faux Beams ship?
All items under 8 feet long ship via UPS, DHL or FedEx ground. All items over 8 ft long ship by common carrier (truck).
What length beam do I order?
It's like buying any other lumber. You will need to order your beam longer then you need and cut it down to the size you need.
Do you have a catalog/brochure you can send me?
Our website is our catalog! With how regularly we add new products/styles/colors, a printed brochure would be quickly out-of-date and, in an effort to be more Green/Environmentally-friendly, we don’t want to use up all of that paper having to reprint so often. Luckily all of the most up-to-date information on products, pricing, samples, shipping and more can be found right here on our website. you can order all our samples from this sample page.
Are there any local distributors in my area?
We don't have "local distributors". We are "Factory Direct" and sell direct to you. And we are as close as a-click or phone call away. We make ordering safe secure and easy! Just order direct from our website. We then deliver them right to your door. If you need to see a sample first you can order those too from our website.
Are you running any promotions?
Yes! Click an offer below to learn more
How do I install your products?
Installing our Fauxwoodbeams™ is easy:
Make wood blocks (not supplied) to fit inside the beam.
Fasten wood blocks to your ceiling first. Use Liquid Nails or PL Construction adhesive on the top edges of the beam. (This step is optional).
Set the beam over the wood blocks. Screw or nail through the beam into the block. Lastly, fill nail or screw holes with colored wood putty (not supplied) to match.
Where should I start to place the wood beams on my ceiling?
This is a matter of personal preference.
You could have the first wood beam start right up against the wall.
You could leave some space between the first beam and the wall.
Or you could start with a half beam (one wood beam that you have cut lengthwise down the middle) up against the wall, placing the other half against the opposite wall. This method gives the appearance that half of each beam is embedded inside the wall (much like a true Timber-framed home would be framed).
The slideshow on the right shows these three different looks for your ceiling beams.
How far apart should I space the ceiling beams?
This too, is a matter of personal preference. The majority of customers install their wood ceiling beams with a spacing somewhere between 2 feet and 8 feet. Four-foot spacing is the most common, however.
These pictures may help give you a visual reference for when you install your own ceiling beams.
If my Faux Beams were to get dirty, how do I clean them?
Most often, Faux Wood Beams will only require dusting from time to time, but in the rare case that they do actually require cleaning, you can wash them with soap and water using a mild detergent such as Dish soap.
How do I finish the products?
We have all the information you need for finishing our beams on our website on this page. We recommend using an acrylic deck stain. An acrylic deck stain dries in about an hour or two as compared to a gel stain that about 24 hours to dry. Also a good deck stain will have a UV protector in it to prevent the finish from fading. Oil base stains do not work well with our products.
Do you make custom parts?
Yes, we can make custom parts for large volume orders. Please contact us to see if your eligible for your custom parts.
Raised Grain beams are also available with four sides, but they are made as a single-piece beam. The fourth side is not removable on these faux beams.
Can I set up an online account? How do I do it?
Yes, you may create an account on FauxWoodBeams.com™, while placing an order. When you filling out our order form, check "Save login info account", enter your password and answer to a secret question. An account will be automatically created.
Do Faux Wood Beams™ contain off-Gases or other harmful chemicals?
No, Our Faux Wood Beams™ do not contain any hazardous off-gases that need to be aired out. The Beams are completely odorless and are safe to use indoors.
What if I need a reclaimed beam larger than 10 feet?
The majority of the wood comes in lengths from 14' to 16'. Occasionally it will reach lengths in excess of 20' but this is extremely rare. Due to its authenticity, lengths over 10' may require a scarf joint. Our goal is to make these scarf joints look as authentic as possible. They are part of the interesting story behind the wood itself. Scarf joints were used to join timber so they would span the entire length of these majestic buildings of the past.
Do all reclaimed beams have nail holes/pegholes/checking/etc.?
All our box beams are made from authentic reclaimed lumber from turn of the century buildings such as barns, grain buildings and warehouses. By using reclaimed lumber, we conserve our natural resources and preserve a piece of American History. All are unique and may contain nail holes, distress marks, checking, or peg holes. Each beam will have an individual look due to warp, twist, wain and inconsistency of material thickness. All surfaces will be rough saw and have beautiful patina and interesting character marks. These marks will create each piece to have a unique look. Nail holes, peg and post holes, worm holes, cracks and other distress marks will be present in all sides. This adds to the realism and character of authentic reclaimed wood. Due to the irregularities in reclaimed timbers, the inner dimensions of the box beams will vary. Barron Designs is not responsible for any bodily harm or damage to your equipment.