Exposed wooden ceiling beams are an architectural feature that adds decorative charm and warmth to any room. Aged-wood beams are one of the features often sought after by homeowners in Australia. However, old, salvaged-wood beams are usually very heavy, cost prohibitive, requires professional installation, and are often compromised by warping or insect damage such as termites.
If you are just trying to get the look of exposed beams that look weathered and aged, and don't need the support, a good option is to install faux wood beams; beams that are look-alike wood.
Faux (pronounced 'fow') wood beams are decorative realistic looking imitation wood beams, made of high density Polyurethane, a polymer resembling high density foam, that is strong, durable, lightweight, waterproof, resistant to erosion, infestation, cost effective and easily shaped. It's not as soft and brittle like styrofoam, they have a higher density, a little like a light density wood.
Faux Wood Beams Australia are the first Australian company specialising only in wood faux beams, and we supply and deliver to all parts of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Northern Territory, ACT & Tasmania from our Queensland warehouse.
How Realistic Are Faux Wood Beams?
Very. Our faux wood beams are molded from real rustic, textured and weathered wooden beams. With the detail coming out in the mold, the beams have a very realistic look and feel.
Whilst we stock beams in our Australia Queensland warehouse in rich Deep Walnut and warm Roble Oak colours, other shades are available through special order.
We can even provide beams with a primed base colour that you can paint yourself. We send you step by step instructions on how to paint your beam, should you wish to do so.
Contact us at any time for more information on how to place a special order.
Are Faux Wood Beams Lightweight?
Yes. Traditional wooden beams can be extremely heavy, often requiring heavy machinery to manoeuvre them and cranes to lift them. Our Faux Wood Beams are lightweight enough to be easily lifted by a single person and secured into place by two handy people.
Are Faux Beams Easy to Install?
Absolutely. Unlike real wood beams that require heavy lifting machinery and professional installation, our beams can be installed with a few handy tools. Faux Beams are installed by nailing them to hidden wooden blocks that sit inside them, spaced out and attached to the ceiling. The material is easily cut with any fine toothed saw, and they can be secured over other items such as piping or wiring. We provide you with all the installation instructions you need.
Are Faux Wood Beams Inexpensive?
Compared to real wooden beams, they certainly are. Real timber beams often cost over $1500 a beam, and that's not including the machinery needed to maneuver them or the professional installation required to secure something that can be extremely heavy above. We price our faux beams competitively so that you can have the warm soft ambiance that real aged wooden beams offer, but at the fraction of the price of real wood.
Are Faux Wood Beams Durable?
Faux Wood Beams are very durable, as they are made of a resilient polymer called Polyurethane, that is used in hundreds of everyday house hold products as well as building materials such as insulation and coving.
It is resistant to high temperatures and doesn't absorb water. Neither does it get infested with insects like wooden beams can. It doesn't crack, warp or crumble, and lasts longer than traditional MDF and wooden mouldings.
Can beams be seamlessly joined?
Absolutely. If you have a ceiling with a length longer than our 3660mm beams, you can join more than one beam together by simply caulking the join with a similar coloured caulking purchased from any good DIY store. As the beams are textured and grained, the caulking is barely noticeable when on a ceiling.
Can beams be suspended?
They can, for sure. For suspended beams, let’s say you wanted to span between two walls across that are 5000mm apart. You would use a 5000mm "2 x 4" length of wood and attach each end of this "2 x 4", using brackets, to each wall. You would then attach two Faux Wood Beams to the 2 x 4, one beam would be 3660mm in length and the other would be 1340mm. The join would be caulked.
How long does it take for my beams to arrive?
We have beams in stock all year round, and delivery is typically anywhere between 2 to 7 business days depending on your location. However we have orders that can typically be anywhere between 2 and 25 beams in a single transaction, which means we can be low on stock very quickly. If you require a large number of beams, it's best to place your order as soon as possible. Doing so, 2 months in advance will guarantee your beams are manufactured and delivered in time, if they are low in stock.
Are Faux Wood Beams Fire Resistant / Retardant?
Polyurethane of which the beams are made, is not a fire-retardant material resistant to naked flame. Our beams however can be made fire retardant, via Special Order at an extra cost.