Are you a wood lover and want to incorporate the look as much as possible into your home? Does the thought of domestic and exotic hardwoods; oak, hickory, or maple hardwood flooring; and solid or faux wood ceiling beams make you light up? Well in the case of the latter (wood ceiling beams), here is a comparison that might just help you out with choosing between the two.
Even Better Than the Real Thing?
We all like to think we want the real thing if affordable, when it comes to materials for home renovations. Authentic, quarried marble for our baths; slate, as opposed to slate-like tiles for our kitchen or bathroom; and full-grained, solid wood for any number of purposes rate high on our list of must-haves.
But here are a few things to keep in mind if you are considering adding beams to your ceiling for that rustic, alpine-lodge look you have been wanting:
- Hollow, or faux, wood beams are much lighter and therefore easier to install.
Faux beams prove wonderfully useful in hiding plumbing pipes, electrical wires, and hvac ducting.
Because they are lighter, shipping costs for hollow, faux beams are lower
You can get faux wood beams made from solid wood in any number of species, oak, maple, pine, walnut, and more. Or you can purchase faux wood beams made of flame-retardant foam. Besides the fireproof quality, advantages to foam beams include it being weatherproof, insect-proof, maintenance-free, and even lighter in weight than hollow beams made of solid wood. And, of course, the costs of foam faux-wood beams are much lower than that of real wood for both the basic purchase price as well as for shipping.
Know Your Options
So when the time comes that you are ready to seriously consider installing ceiling beams, make sure you keep all your options in mind. You can go with the real thing (solid wood), real-wood hollow beams, or the lightweight, flame-retardant foam beams. Take your time and do an online search to check out all three options. You just might be surprised at how real the faux-wood options look. And besides, when you get right down to it, the only one who has to know for sure whether they are real or not is you!