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Beams FAQ

FAQ: How much do beams cost? - Pricing depends on the width, height, material (wood versus faux wood) and other options like the number of sides, end caps and use of fire–rated polyurethane. As you toggle through product pages and select options, the price displayed will change accordingly.

FAQ: Are your faux wood beams fire-retardant? - All of our products are standard construction material. Where a fire rated polyurethane is required, we offer our custom faux beams, mantels, L-headers and planks with fire rated polyurethane as an option. It will add 10-15% to the price. Please click here to learn more.

FAQ: Can I make trusses of your faux wood beams? - Yes, our faux wood beams are easy to miter and work with. All of our faux beams are sold as 3- or 4-sided. For this reason, they are a great option for wooden trusses.

PLEASE NOTE, our beams are in fact "faux" and offer no structural value what-so-ever. Therefore, our products are intended for aesthetic purposes only, not for any structural or support use, and/or requirements.

FAQ: How do beams ship? - 3–sided beams, l-headers and mantels ship fully assembled. 4-sided beams ship as a 3-sided beams and a pre-fitted (mitered) 4th side to be installed on site. Beams typically ship via freight carrier (truck) inside custom-built wood crates. Beams and l-headers 22 feet and longer will be manufactured as a single beam (l-header) and cut in half for shipping. Arched beams with a rise of 34 inches or greater will be cut in half for shipping. All other arched beams will be cut in half if they exceed 21 feet in length.

FAQ: 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. In the rare case that they do require cleaning, you can wash them with soap and water using a mild detergent such as dish soap.

FAQ: Can beams be painted or stained? – Yes. For your convenience, beams are available finished or unfinished. Painting and staining unfinished beams is very easy. Full instructions can be found in the installation section of our website.

FAQ: Can I order beam dimensions that are not shown on the website? – Yes. We can make custom dimensions for you if the size you need is not available on the website. Please reach out to our customer experience and design support team at 800-651-4223 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm EST) to discuss your project.

FAQ: Can recessed lighting or hanging lights be installed in your beams? – Yes. Full instructions can be found in the installation section of our website.

FAQ: How do you cut your beams? - Our beams can be cut very easily with any good wood cutting tool. Instructions on how to cut a beam can be found in the installation section of our website.

FAQ: What is a box beam and how is it constructed? – A box beam looks like a solid beam but is constructed by putting together either 3 or 4 panels to create a hollow structure. Barron Designs constructs our beams by mitering planks of high-density polyurethane or western cedar together using both adhesives and mechanical fasteners. Our 4 sided beams ship to you with 3 sides fully assembled and allow you to add the 4th side as you complete the project. The 4th side will be pre-mitered and fitted to your specific beam, making installation a snap. Contact customer service if you would like to order a 4-sided beam with the 4th side attached at the factory.

FAQ: What are the different applications for a 3 versus a 4 sided beam? - 3 sided beams are typically mounted flush with the ceiling or suspended when the top is not visible from a walkway above. Leaving one side open gives you a product that is lighter, less expensive and easier to install. Typically 4 sided beams are used when mounting a suspended beam that will be visible from above.

FAQ: What are the inner dimensions of a beam/mantel/plank/L-header? - Our custom beam-type products are hand crafted to the specified outer dimensions. Our material is typically 1” thick but can vary up to ¼”. Please allow a tolerance when covering other materials.

Due to the custom nature of our beams, the outer dimensions can vary up to +/- ¼” from the specified size ordered.

For example, a 5” wide beam can range from 4 ¾ - 5 ¼” and is considered to be within tolerance.

FAQ: How far apart should I space my beams? - 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.

FAQ: Do you offer beams made with fire-rated polyurethane? - Yes our faux wood textures have a fire-rated polyurethane option. Products made of fire-rated polyurethane are more expensive and frequently have a longer lead time than products made from our standard high-density polyurethane.