Architectural ceiling beams add visual charm and drama to any home, inside or out. When given the choice, savvy homeowners choose faux wood beams instead of natural wood for many reasons. Expense Volterra’s faux wood beams, made from HDF High Density Foam, are less expensive than natural wood beams. They’re less expensive because they’re manmade but also because they are lighter requiring less shipping cost. And, due to their ease of use, they also require less paid manpower for installation. These beams look just like real wood up close, so you can be sure no one will be able to tell the difference between real ones and our faux wood beams when they’re up on the ceiling. HDF faux wood beams are very durable and 3D cast with natural wood surface grains and textures, providing the same visual likeness as wood but without the prohibitive cost. Easy to Install Volterra’s HDF faux wood beams are a fraction of the weight of solid wood beams making them much easier to install. In many cases, real wood requires an enormous amount of structural support and bracing for installation, but faux wood beams are so manageable, they can easily be installed anywhere with very little hardware. Natural wood beams require two or three strong, able bodies to lift and mount but with lightweight faux wood beams, installation can even be an effortless do-it-yourself project. Durable High-density polyurethane foam is a manmade material that stands up to all kinds of weather. Beams made from HDF will look as good as they day they were installed for years to come. HDF faux wood beams, unlike real wood, keep their shape and color, without fading, whether they are used inside or outdoors. Maintenance Free Natural wood can splinter, warp, and break. It also needs to be maintained with stain and protective coatings on a regular basis to keep it in good shape. The brawny make up of high-density polyurethane foam, however, keeps faux wood beams from cracking, bending, or chipping. Natural wood can also attract termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood boring beetles, all requiring pest control experts and beam replacement. But, insects couldn’t care less about your faux wood beams, keeping them maintenance free.