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  1. What does the word "faux" mean?
    "Faux" is a french word. It means false, artificial or simulated.A high density polyurethane.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. How much is shipping?
    Please fill out this shipping form to get your answer.
  5. Do you provide warranty on your products?
    Yes, we do provide a 15-year limited warranty on our products. Please click here to see more.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Why are your products green?
    Using our products helps preserve natural trees. Also, we do not use any toxic materials to produce our beams. Please click here to learn more.
  9. Are your Faux Beams Fire-Retardant?

    All of our Products are a Standard Class B Construction/Fire rated Material. Where a Class A rating is required, we offer our Custom Heritage, Custom Driftwood, Custom Tuscany, Arched Tuscany, Custom Woodland, Arched Woodland, Custom Rough Sawn, Arched Rough Sawn, Custom Axed, Arched Axed, Custom Heavy Sandblasted, Arched Heavy Sandblasted, Custom Hand Hewn, Arched Hand Hewn, Custom Aspen, Arched Aspen, Custom Resawn, Arched Resawn, Beams as Class A fire-rated as an option. It will add 10-25% to the price. Please click here to learn more.

    On the Heavy Hand Hewn, Light Hand Hewn, Barn Board, Wire Brushed, in order to achieve class A Fire Rating, Flame Stop® II is applied to these Beams.

    Flame Stop® II protects exterior and interior woods such as porous woods, cedar shake shingles, decking, and structural lumber. It's a water-based, post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant and wood preservative that penetrates the material and bonds with the cellular structure. This product penetrates the substrate and creates a self-extinguishing reaction when the treated material comes into contact with an open flame. When properly applied on certain unsealed woods, such as Douglas fir, the wood shall have a Class A rating.

    It's non-toxic, non-combustible, non-carcinogenic, easy to apply, and contains no PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), which are toxic to humans and the environment. Flame Stop® II is a Class A, one-coat system with a flame spread of 25 and smoke developed of 25 on Douglas fir.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

  13. 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*WalnutPineCedarWhite**Golden OakOakCinnamon JavaLight Oak
    Custom Aspen
    Custom Handhewn
    Raised Grain
    Rough Sawn
    Pecky Cypress
    Regal 2
    Custom Axed
    Custom Heavy Sandblasted
    Custom Resawn
    Custom Rough Sawn
    Custom Sandblasted
    Custom Heritage
    Custom Driftwood
    Custom Rough Hewn
    Custom Timber

    * 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.

  14. Are they easy to install?
    >Yes, all of our faux wood products are easy to install. See the Finishing & Installation page for details.
  15. Can your products be used for exterior projects?
    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.
  16. Can I use your faux beams for a fireplace mantel?
    We don't recommend cutting beams down to make mantels, but we now offer faux mantels! Please click here to see our selection.
  17. Can I make trusses out of your faux beams?
    Yes, Our beams are easy to miter and work with. The Custom Timber, Custom Driftwood, Custom Heavy Sandblasted, Custom Aspen, Custom Heritage, Custom Tuscany, Custom Rough Sawn, Custom Hand Hewn, Custom Axed, Raised Grain, Rustic, Rough Hewn, Smooth, Custom Resawn, Custom Woodland, Timber, and Sandblasted, beams have an option to order them 4 sided. For this reason they are a great option for trusses.

  18. How do I place an order?
    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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).
  22. 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.
  23. 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.

  24. 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.
  25. Are you running any promotions?
    Yes! Click an offer below to learn more

  26. 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.

    Wax pencils also work well.

    Click here to learn more

  27. How do I find someone who can install your products for me?
    Our faux wood beams™ are very easy to install!

    Any general contractor or carpenter that you could hire in your area should be able to install them. You can show them this link to our website if they have any questions:

    It is very self-explanatory.
  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Do you offer 4-sided beams?

    Yes, we offer several styles of 4-sided beams. Custom Sandblasted, Custom Woodland Beams, Custom Resawn, Recessed Smooth Beams, Smooth Beams, Custom Axed Beams, Custom Hand Hewn, Custom Rough Sawn, Custom Tuscany Beams, Custom Heritage, Custom Aspen, Custom Driftwood, Custom Heavy Sandblasted Beams, and Custom Timber Beams are all available with four sides. These beams come as two pieces – a three-sided beam plus a removable finishing cap that covers the fourth side.

    Also, our Arched Tuscany Beams, Arched Driftwood Beams, Arched Heavy Sandblasted Beams, Arched Aspen Beams, Arched Heritage Beams, Arched Rough Sawn, Arched Hand Hewn Beams, Arched Axed Beams, Arched Resawn and Arched Woodland Beams have a removable fourth side as well.

    Our Timber, Sandblasted, Rustic and 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.

  34. Can I set up an online account? How do I do it?
    Yes, you may create an account on™, 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.