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The Secret of the Simulated Wood Beam

The Secret of the Simulated Wood Beam

It’s no secret that our simulated wood beams look amazing – often as good as the real thing. That’s certainly what we hear from our customers, like Jennifer; who wrote “people look at us in disbelief when we tell them they aren't really wood!” The Bigbie family even boasted: “They’re so realistic it’s uncanny.”

But what’s the secret to our simulated wood beam? How do we get it to look so breathtakingly realistic?

Simulated Wood Ceiling Beam Simulated wood beams are perfectly molded from the real thing

The Secret to Simulated Wood Beams

The first step is to find real wood and timber to copy from. We start with truly beautiful examples of the wood we want to copy, and then use state-of-the-art techniques to capture every intricate detail and texture perfectly: persevering them forever in very durable, high-density polymer.

Our techniques allow for an unprecedented level of detailing; right down to knots in the wood and individual hand-tooling marks. Our customers aren’t exaggerating when they say it’s almost impossible to tell them apart from the ‘real thing’ by looks alone.

Following molding, we either leave the beams unpainted (you can finish them yourself with stain or paint) or color them in a variety of natural-looking shades that are practically impervious to color degradation. This allows you to keep exactly the same color and texture no matter how many feet of beam you intend to install – something that’s not always possible or practical when using real wood or timber beams.

It’s this painstaking production process that results in the incredible realism of each simulated wood beam – practically indistinguishable from the ‘real thing.’ What does set them apart, however, is their practicality.

Our beams are painstakingly colored to resemble the real thing

Ease of installation and affordability mean you can bring the classic elegance of wood and timber beams to rooms in your home that would be impossible to install solid, real wood beams in. In addition, our beams are completely impervious to the elements – something that real wood isn’t.

This gives you immense flexibility in where to install them – from corbels and leg ends on the exterior of your home, to beams in your kitchen, bathroom or basement. To added piece of mind, our Custom Woodland, Raised Grain, Rustic and Rough Sawn beams can be ordered as Class A Fire Rated (this will add 15/20% to their price.)

So it’s worth remembering that our simulated wood beam doesn’t just look ‘as good as the real thing.’ In many ways, it's actually superior.