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Man Versus Bees - Go Faux

Man Versus Bees - Go Faux

Our faux wood rafter tails aren't just a great looking, affordable alternative to wood. They're also resistant to some of nature's most voracious wood-eaters.

Wasps can chew into exterior wood fixtures on homes to create their nests.

Wasps and bees can build their nests in and on real wood.

Man vs. Bees - Go Faux

One great faux wood story that we recently heard came from a customer named Ron, who discovered a very important reason why "going faux" is a smart idea.

"I have an older house in Huntington," the Long Island, NY resident told us. "And the previous owner had added a lot of real wood features to it - including rafter tails."

Rafter tails are so-called because they're meant to look like the 'tails' of real wooden beams from a building's roof.

Due to modern construction techniques, the need for authentic rafter tails is long past; but many homeowners add fake ones to make a home look older and more distinguished.

"One summer, I was cleaning out the gutters of my house when I rested my ladder against one of the wooden rafter tails. It was old and rotten, and the ladder dug right into it.

But it wasn't sawdust and wood chips that Ron encountered: "It was wasps."

Once installed, its almost impossible to tell that these faux wood rafter tails aren't the real thing.

Our faux wood rafter tails are indistinguishable from the real thing - but impervious to stinging insects.

"It turned out there was a wasps nest right inside the rafter tail - that's why it had crumbled under the weight of the ladder. I had hundreds of wasps fly out and swarm me." Ron ended up escaping by jumping into his pool. "But I still got stung twenty times."

"I took a pressure washer to the wasp's nest and got rid of it from a safe distance," Ron continues his story. "But after examining the rest of the beams we found them all old and rotten." Not only was that ugly - it was also the perfect venue for other stinging insects to create a nest.

"In the end, I decided to rip them all down - but after I did that, the house just didn't look right."

Fortunately, Ron found a solution at

"Your artificial wood rafter tails were exactly what I needed," he explained. "They cost of a fraction of what it would have cost me to custom order replacement rafter tails out of wood, and they're already hollow so they installed right over the original mountings."

Even better, our faux wood rafter tails are made from durable high-density polyurethene foam; so they won't crumble like the original rafter tails did, and are totally impervious to insects.

"That was a big deal for me because I have kids," Ron explained. "If my six-year-old had been around when I disturbed that wasp's next, she could have really been in trouble."

And the best part? "They may be fake, but you can't tell that by looking at them."

Once they're installed, our faux wood rafter tails are indistinguishable from the real thing. The only ones who'd be able to tell the difference are the wasps!